Ambrose Tinsley OSB (1933-2013)

AmbroseFather Ambrose Tinsley OSB died peacefully at Milford Hospice, Limerick, early in the morning of 24th September 2013, just three weeks short of his eightieth birthday.

Born in Dublin in 1933, and educated at Blackrock College, David Tinsley took the name Ambrose when he entered the monastery. He was professed on his twenty-third birthday, on 14th October 1956 and was ordained to the priesthood five years later.

Fr Ambrose was one of the founding fathers of the monastic community at Eke, Nigeria, which later became the independent St Benedict’s Priory at Ewu-Ishan. He served two terms in Nigeria, 1974-1980 and 1991-1992, the latter period cut short by a very serious car accident. Back in Ireland, Fr Ambrose was much in demand as a spiritual director and retreat master. He wrote several books, including works on the psalms, Benedictine spirituality and the writings of Julian of Norwich. He served as Monastery Guestmaster for many years. After retiring from that role, he continued to minister to guests and visitors seeking spiritual direction and advice, combining this ministry with work in the Library.

Fr Ambrose is mourned not just by the Abbot and community, but by his brother Monty, his sisters Mary and Helen, and their families, and by a wide circle of relatives and friends.

His remains will be reposing in the monastery from 3.30 pm until 5.00 pm on Thursday 26th September, followed by removal to the Abbey Church, where the Rite of Reception of the Remains and Vespers of the Dead will be celebrated. The Funeral Mass will take place on Friday 27th September at 11.30 am, followed by burial in the Abbey Cemetery.

May he rest in peace.