A ‘tree of peace’ honoring John and Pat Hume has been planted in the grounds of St. Eugene’s Cathedral to mark the second anniversary of the Nobel laureate’s death.
The Bishop of Derry Donald McKeown was joined by Mr Hume’s family and friends for the planting of the oak tree. Mr Hume died on August 3, 2020 while his wife, Pat, died on September 2 last year.
Derry Cathedral holds special significance to the Hume family as it was the church Mr Hume attended throughout his life. It was also the church in which Mr. Hume was made a Knight Commander of the Papal Order of Saint Gregory, awarded by Pope Benedict XV. The funeral of the Nobel laureate and Mrs Hume took place in St Eugene.
John and Pat Hume Foundation Secretary Tim Attwood said: ‘The family had gathered for the 10 a.m. Mass to remember their father and mother, John and Pat, on the occasion their father’s second birthday. After Mass, in St Eugene’s Park and with Bishop Donald McKeown, they were joined by friends to plant the Tree of Peace.
“The location was particularly important to John and Pat and the tree will serve as a reminder of their commitment to peace for generations to come.”
Mr Hume’s three world peace prizes – the Nobel, Martin Luther King and Ghandi – will go on permanent display in Derry next month.