Funeral arrangements set for former Mobile Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb

Alabama News

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Archdiocese of Mobile has confirmed the death of Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb. Lipscomb, 88, died this morning at the Little Sisters of the Poor. He had been sick for some period of time.

Lipscomb was born and raised in Mobile and served 28 years in the city. He was ordained Archbishop of Mobile in 1980.

 “Archbishop Lipscomb loved Mobile and its people,” Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi said. “As a native of the city, he devoted his life to bringing God’s love to many. He made an indelible mark in our archdiocese as a man of God, a good priest and a good bishop.”

Because of the virus, Lipscomb’s funeral will be private. The private Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 21, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 2 S. Claiborne St., Mobile, AL 36602. Entombment will follow in the crypt at the Cathedral.

Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the funeral Mass is not open to the public. The Mass will be livestreamed at Facebook.com/TheCatholicWeek and aired on Archangel Radio 1410 AM/94.5 FM.

Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi will be the celebrant and Msgr. Michael Farmer, former Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Mobile and current pastor at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Auburn, will be the homilist.

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