ITV star Declan Donnelly’s Catholic priest brother is said to be “very unwell” in hospital and his parishioners have been asked to pray for him.
Posts wishing Father Dermott Donnelly, 55, were posted online as Catholic parishes in northeastern England announced on Facebook that he had been hospitalized.
Stanley, Dipton & Byermoor Catholic Parishes posted: “Please pray for Father Dermott, who is in the hospital extremely unwell.
“Tomorrow evening, from 6pm to 7pm, there will be a period before the Eucharist so that we can come together as a community in St Joseph’s Church to pray for Father Dermott’s welfare. .
“Out of respect for Father Dermott and his family at this difficult time, we will update you as and when we receive the most up-to-date information verified by the Diocese.”
Similar messages of prayer for Father Dermott were also posted on the Facebook page of the Pontop Partnership – a group of 10 Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle.
The social media appeals prompted a flood of messages wishing him well.
Father Dermott is understood to have been a priest for 30 years.
In 2015, he celebrated his famous brother’s wedding to Ali Astall in Newcastle in a star-studded ceremony.
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