St Mary’s University, Twickenham today released the following statement:
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of our colleague Professor Anthony Towey. The thoughts and prayers of the St Mary’s community are with Anthony’s wife, Karen, his daughter Bethany, and his wide circle of family and friends.
A resting mass for Anthony’s soul will be held in the university chapel at 1:05 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 and a memorial mass will be held for the start of the next term, after consultation with Anthony’s family. Details will be shared as they become available.
Anthony McClaran, Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, wrote this morning (24 June 2022) to the St Mary’s community: ‘Following the sudden onset of Anthony’s illness, the St Mary’s community is is gathered weekly to pray for his recovery. and for his wife Karen and daughter Bethany, led by Chaplaincy and close friends from the University, the Sisters of the Assumption.We know that meant a lot to Anthony and his family during his final days, and I would like to thank colleagues for taking the time to take part in these hours of prayer.
“Anthony has been a leader in Catholic theological and educational research throughout his career and has been a much loved and respected member of the St Mary’s community for many years. The University recently recognized the contributions of ‘Anthony to our community by presenting him with a St Mary’s Medal, the highest honor the University can bestow.
Professor Anna Lise Gordon, Director of the Institute of Education at St Mary’s University, said: “St Mary’s Institute of Education colleagues are deeply saddened by the news of Anthony’s passing. Anthony was a wonderful colleague, living St Mary’s values in all aspects of his work in Catholic education and research. Anthony was an inspiration to so many colleagues and students – wise, caring, thoughtful, inclusive, encouraging and a quintessential blacksmith. He will be greatly missed.
Dr Jacob Philips, Director of the Institute of Theology and Liberal Arts at St Mary’s University, added: “Anthony was a colleague we will never forget. He was fiercely passionate, always faithful to the Catholic faith , had a big heart and an even bigger laugh. He has left an indelible mark on the way we practice theology at St Mary’s, and on the hearts and minds of the countless students he has taught here over the years. year.”
After receiving his doctorate from the Gregorian University in Rome on the Eucharistic Thought of Thomas Aquinas, Anthony served as Academic Tutor at Venerable English College and Director of ER at Loreto College, Manchester, before joining St Mary’s as as director of theology. , Philosophy and History.
Most recently, Anthony served as Director of the Center for Catholic Education, Research and Religious Literacy, making a number of significant contributions to academic and public life. Anthony was directly involved in the Department for Education’s 2016 A-Level and GCSE reforms and developed a new curriculum for AQA. Anthony was also a member of the RE commission convened by the Religious Education Council 2018, was an Ofqual subject matter expert and regularly participated in the All Party Parliamentary Group for Religious Education.
Anthony also played a big role in church life. He was a consultant for the Episcopal Conference on interreligious and humanistic dialogue and was part of a university group responsible for advising on the new repertoire of religious education programs. He regularly moderated theological conferences at St Mary’s, spoke at events and retreats, and served as editor of the Pastoral Review.
Father Philip Dyer-Perry, parish priest at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Staines, wrote on Facebook: “It is with great sadness that I must share the news of the passing of Anthony Towey, one of our parishioners and chair of governors at Our Lady of the Rosary School Many will know Anthony from our online nightly prayer, Lenten scripture talks, and playing guitar at 11:00 a.m. Mass.
After a relatively short illness, Antoine died very early this morning, Friday June 24, on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This little detail means a lot, because the Sacred Heart is a beautiful celebration of Jesus’ love-filled heart, but it’s also rather bittersweet. It is Jesus who loves us with a burning heart, but whose heart was also pierced with a spear. So today is truly a day of celebration for those who are heartbroken.
The Sacred Heart reminds us that where there is true love, joy and pain lie very close together – and nowhere is this more apparent than in grief. Today our hearts go out to Anthony’s wife Karen and daughter Bethany, all of the family, loved ones, friends and everyone who loved and was loved by Anthony. May Jesus, the Sacred Heart, wrap them all in his tender embrace. May Christ, whose heart has been wounded, comfort and heal all broken hearts. May the Lord, who accompanied Antoine in his life, now welcome him into his eternal home.
As an aside, I remember when Anthony (or rather ‘Ant’ as he is more widely known) and his family first moved into our parish here in Staines. I had heard of “Professor Towey” beforehand, that he was a brilliant theologian, engaging lecturer, editor of academic journals, skilled liturgist, and much more. Faced with such a renowned bench expert, I was a bit apprehensive. Would we make it out? What would he think of our parish? I didn’t need to be afraid – because from the very beginning to this unexpected end, I felt nothing but affirmation, encouragement and gratitude. I think I speak for many in saying Ant will be sorely missed – but you can be sure our loss is heaven’s gain – which is fortunate as this is where we will all meet again end.”