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Hundreds of people gathered today in St Raphael’s Church and the garden for the Requiem Mass of much loved priest of the Diocese, Fr Laurie Beath.

It was a glorious day weather-wise, which was fortunate as St Raphael’s Church wasn’t big enough to hold the number of people who came to give thanks to God for Fr Laurie’s life and love. Given his great passion for gardening, it seemed fitting that many were able to sit outside in the sun to worship and farewell this beloved priest.

Fr Paul Monkerud, whose friendship with Fr Laurie began in their days at the seminary, was the principal celebrant. Another friend, Bishop Brien Mascord from the Diocese of Wollongong, concelebrated along with most of the priests of the Diocese of Bathurst. Sadly, Bishop McKenna was not able to be there as he is currently at World Youth Day with our Diocesan pilgrims.

The Bishop sent a message that he and the other Bathurst pilgrims would be united with the Diocese today in remembering Fr Laurie at Mass in Lisbon, Portugal.

It was a day of prayer and sadness, joy and laughter, as many tales of our inimitable Fr Laurie were shared.

It was abundantly evident that he will be deeply missed not only by his family and friends, including his brother priests, but by many of his parishioners across the years and the countless other people whose lives he has touched in many and varied ways.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.


The Requiem Mass for Fr Lawrence (Laurie) Patrick Beath
will be celebrated at
St Raphael’s Catholic Church
15 Lachlan Street, Cowra
at 11.00am on
Wednesday 2nd August 2023

VISITING CLERGY: Please refer to CDOB Professional Standards Requirements for Ministry 

The Mass will be livestreamed and can be viewed via this link:

A private cremation will follow the Mass.

It is with sadness that our Vicar General, Fr Paul Devitt, advises that Fr Lawrence (Laurie) Beath, Parish Priest of St Raphael’s Parish, died in Cowra Hospital in the early hours of Wednesday 26th July 2023, following an on-going battle with cancer.

Fr Paul said, “The sadness of this news is tempered slightly by the knowledge that Fr Laurie is now free of the dreadful pain that the cancer was causing”.

Fr Paul asks that we “please pray for Fr Laurie as he now enters the new life that death brings, and pray for his family and friends, especially the parishioners of Cowra/Eugowra/Canowindra, and our clergy, as they deal with the stark reality of this news, and grieve a much loved brother and pastor”.

Funeral details will be advised via our Diocesan website – – when available.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Fr Laurie at the St Raphael’s Parish 150th anniversary celebrations on the weekend of 15th/16th July. The celebrations were delayed due to Covid in past years.