Following the sad news of the sudden death of Mr. Christian Brown OBE KSG MOC on the 29th May 2018 at the age of 53, Cardiff Cathedral was full on Monday as Archbishop George Stack led a Memorial Mass, to pray for the repose of his soul and to pray that he be granted a merciful judgement. The Mass was also an opportunity to give thanks to Almighty God for the gift of Christian’s life.
The congregation was made up of a wide array of people from various backgrounds who had the privilege of knowing or working with Christian. Affectionately known as “OBE” (predominantly by the way he would send postcards from his varied travels with just the letters “OBE” on them), Christian undertook a huge amount of charitable work in his short life and also took his faith very seriously. His favourite charity was “Music in Hospitals and Care” which aims to bring live interactive live music experiences to those in the healthcare system, lifting their spirits. Notably for the Archdiocese, Christian worked zealously to secure the £1.1m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Cornerstone project in Cardiff. He was also working zealously with a number of parishes with their own HLF bids. “OBE” also assisted with the development and relocation of the Cardiff University Catholic Chaplaincy to Newman Hall. And the list goes on. Noting his charitable work and his positive spirit, Archbishop George said:
“Somebody wrote that Christian lived life in the fast lane. The list of his achievements and his joy in life, his dedication to the work of charity in all its forms and his extraordinary “can do” attitude, meant that he achieved more in his 53 years than many of us do living life in the slower lane …. “Rest” may not be the immediate word that comes to mind with Christian … But we do pray that he may “Rest in Peace” after his labours and “Rise in Glory” as he always wished for others”.
The Mass was a fitting memorial to this unique gift from God and we continue to offer our prayers for Christian at this time. We remember also his wife Monica and son Gabriel at this sad time. And whilst the Cornerstone isn’t a monument to Christian per se, those who knew him will always hear his laughter and his ‘get up and go’ spirit when they set foot within its walls.
Requiescat in pace.
Read the Archbishop’s Homily from the Memorial Mass for Christian Brown