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Updated 29th January 2022
On his death bed December 1909:
Later that evening Father Francis arrives at Michael’s bedside. “Michael, Michael, I hope you don’t mind me saying, but you don’t look at all well. Are you in much pain?” They talk for a while. Then:
“Father Francis, I am much troubled and I need to find peace. Like yourself, I was once a priest, even a good priest I think. But I rejected everything before I came to Buenos Ayres. I spent a lot of time going over the many matters troubling me: leaving the priesthood seemed to be my only option. However, the peace I sought continued to elude me. Now that death may be at hand, I feel the need to prepare myself to meet God. Will you hear my confession?”
“I’d be honoured, Michael,” he replied, taking his stole from his bag and putting it around his neck. He starts: “In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. How long Michael, since your last confession?”
Two hours later he makes the sign of the cross as he grants absolution: “Michael Charles Kickham, Ego te absolvo a peccatis tuis in nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti, Amen.”
Michael feels a weight lift from him as he drifts off to sleep. Father Francis senses the tranquillity in Michael, his head resting on the pillow, eyes closed. He smiles as he walks away, ever a joy to see peace descending on people after they have prepared themselves to meet their Maker.