The Funeral of Peter Jennings – updates on arrangements

Peter and Stella Jennings

Note from Stella: I would like to thank members of St John’s for their prayers over the last few months and extend a warm welcome to anyone from the congregation who would like to attend the funeral mass at St Chad’s.

After the Funeral Mass please accept our hospitality to you on behalf of Peter to attend a reception in the Banqueting Suite at Birmingham Council House. This is only a short distance from St Chad’s Cathedral and directions will be given during the service.

The family will join you after we have laid Peter to rest at a private burial in the family grave at Erdington Abbey.

Thank you to all those who have been in touch with me and the family following Peter’s death last Tuesday.


Peter Jennings, well known Catholic journalist, writer, broadcaster and Press Secretary to the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham, died on Tuesday 10th September after a brave battle against illness.

Peter’s Funeral Mass will be at St Chad’s Cathedral, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham B4 6EU at 10.30am on Wednesday 18th September. The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster will preside at the Funeral Mass and The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham will preach. Floral tributes are welcome. Please send them to W H Scott and Son, 426 Rotton Park Road, Edgbaston Birmingham B16 0LA.  Any donations in lieu of flowers will go to St Chad’s Restoration fund.

Peter served as Press Secretary to Archbishop Vincent when he was Archbishop of Birmingham; and continued as Press Secretary to Archbishop Bernard when he came to Birmingham.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols wrote:

“I am very saddened by the death of Peter Jennings and offer my prayers and condolences to Stella, his wife, and their family. Peter will be sorely missed. Over many, many years he sought to serve the Church well in the challenging world of the media. His great love for the Church was always his key motivation and his determination never faltered.

“I thank God for his steadfast work, which included the Official Records of the Visits of both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom, fine and lasting tributes to his considerable abilities. May the Lord welcome him with great love and mercy.”

Stella wrote:

It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that my husband of nearly 36 years passed away on Tuesday 10th September at 12 noon. He was 65 years old. He had been suffering from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia and with a weakened immune system succumbed to pneumonia.

You may be reading this because in some way or other you were associated with Peter through his work as a well known Catholic journalist, broadcaster, stamp writer or PR consultant; or because you were his friend; or as a result of his many and varied interests and pursuits.  We will all miss him in our separate ways.



12th Sep 2013 Posted in: News by Fran Varley 3

3 Responses

  1. Charles and lesley fowler says:

    We are sorry to here of the Peter Jennings. He was a wonderful man and a brilliant journalist. Our prayers go out to Stella and her 2 children

  2. John and Annie Hughes says:

    We have known Peter and Stella over 20 years since coming to Birmingham. Peter was always after a story and came down to High Wycombe to see us to write about the new vicar. We immediately clicked and enjoyed common interests especially cricket and football. He was gracious to me though I was an Arsenal supporter and could not be persuaded to transfer to Aston Villa.

    Peter was a passionate Christian and Catholic and I admired his great sense of the world wide church and his ability to encourage and offer his advice. He felt things deeply and brought irrepressible enthusiasm to all he met. He was a great networker and a source of information that was always worth listening to.
    Annie and I loved him and thank God for our friendship with him.

  3. John and Annie Hughes says:

    We have been privileged to enjoy a friendship with Peter and Stella over twenty years. We first met him when he came to High Wycombe to write an article about the new Vicar of St John’s Harborne.

    Peter was a brilliant networker and enjoyed friendship with so many diverse people. We had a common interest in Sport, cricket and football, he forgave me my allegiance to Arsenal though failing to get me to transfer my allegiance to Aston Villa.

    I admired Peter as a passionate Christian and Catholic who had a deep love for the world wide church. He was a bridge builder and loved to speak about the church and what it needed to be doing. He was a loyal friend and a person we grew to love and respect. He was immensely hospitable and his irrespressible humour enlivened many occasions. He had a deep sense of justice.

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