The Very Rev Andrew Canon Monaghan died peacefully last night (Wednesday 3 April) in the care of family members after a short illness. He was 82.

Canon Monaghan was ordained to the priesthood at St Mary’s, Bathgate, in 1964.

He studied for the priesthood at St Andrew’s College in Drygrange (1958-1964).

Prior to that he had attended St Mary’s Primary and St Mary’s Academy in Bathgate before continuing his studies at the junior seminary at Blairs (1954-1958).

The first parish Canon Monaghan served was St Francis Xavier’s in Falkirk where he spent nine years, before moving to St Cuthbert’s in Edinburgh (1973-1975).

He also served as chaplain to the Sacred Heart Convent in Dalkeith from 1975 to 1985 and then as chaplain to St Joseph’s Hospital in Rosewell from 1985 to 1999.

His final parish before retirement was at St Mary’s in Pathhead (1999-2017).

Archbishop Leo Cushley informed clergy this morning about Canon Monaghan’s passing.

The funeral will take place on Monday 15 April at 12.45pm in St Mary's Church, Bathgate.

May he rest in peace.

The Very Rev Andrew Canon Monaghan, 1 December 1941 – 3 April 2024.