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    It is with sadness that we learn that Fr Denzil Meuli passed away at the age of 92 at 1:25 am this morning, 22 March, Feast of St Catherine of Sweden, at the Little Sisters of the Poor home in Auckland, New Zealand.There are some details of Fr Meuli provided on a Facebook page dedicated to him:” Father Denzil Meuli was born in New Plymouth in 1926, served in Royal New Zealand Air Force from 1943 to 1945, before moving onto training for the priesthood and earning a double doctorate, summa cum laude, in civil and canon law. In addition to this, he also studied law at the University of Auckland and was admitted to the bar on October 4 1976.After serving a number of parishes around Auckland and a stint as editor of Zealandia, Father went on to form his ‘non-geographic’ parish at Mt St Marys in the Waitakere ranges above Auckland where from 1987 to 2016 he celebrated the Tridentine mass.He was famous for leaving home at 4:30am and not leaving the church until 10:30pm to ensure the blessed sacrament, confessions and two masses a day were readily available to parishioners from all around Auckland. On Sundays, he would celebrate four masses, run a holy hour and be hearing confessions for most of the remainder of the day.Carroll du Chateau’s article from Metro magazine provides an apt description of Father:”…he still walks with the bustling energy and power of lion at feeding time. His presence, both physical and mental, is compelling. He’s a tall man, quite bald now, with bony Teutonic features, a brilliant, if sarcastic, sense of humour and a hypnotic way of chanting the prayers.”Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

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