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Rev. Fr. David H. Noble, passed away on February 24, 2011 and was born on September 12, 1937 in Brisbane, Australia, twin son of Victor and Elsie Noble. After formative education at the Church of England Grammar School, University of Queensland, and St. Francis Theological College, he was ordained, along with his brother as Clerk in Holy Orders. His most conspicuous ministry in Australia was his vocation as a Bush Brother, serving scattered populations in the vast Outback of Queensland. During a seven- year drought, he sustained people in an itinerant ministry, pastoring people, rather than sheep. Nonchalantly, he would claim his outback parish to be a little larger in area than the state of Texas.
Later, he became Chaplain of Christ College, Hobart, Tasmania, where he was professor of New Testament. His further studies took him to New York, General Theological Seminary, and on to Trinity Institute, at Trinity Church Wall Street. With his mentor, Dr. Terwilliger, he served as Associate Director of Trinity Institute, organizing large-scale national conferences for Episcopal clergy (2,000 at a time!)
He performed Episcopal Marriage Encounter weekends for couples. The rapidly expanding scope of his ministry brought him to Houston with its Intercontinental Airport, accessing all five continents. The combination of academic prowess, and his personalized style of presentation made for effective training for couples and clergy. This Encounter Ministry, along with presenting teams transformed some 30 couples at a time on a weekend. He and his brother each did over 40 weekends a year on a worldwide circuit, taking them in different directions for some 12 years. He introduced Marriage Encounter into Australia. Likewise, he presented these Encounter programs in every State of the Union, in Germany and Hawaii, establishing follow-up programs of Engaged Encounter, Beginning Experience for Divorced and Widowed, and Youth Encounter.
Then, in 1986, he and his brother Bruce converted to the Catholic Faith, and were received into the Church at St. Mary's Basilica in Sydney, and returned to Galveston-Houston, as their new home diocese. They were ordained Deacon in 1986 by Archbishop Fiorenza, and to the priesthood in 1987 at St. Mary's Seminary. Having completed Clinical Pastoral Education, Fr. David ministered to Catholic patients in M. D. Anderson Cancer Center for some 14 years, and subsequently all the hospitals in the Texas Medical Center, including Houston Hospice.
His primary achievement, here, in Texas has been this long-term ministry within the Catholic Chaplain Corps, along with outreach ministries to the Engaged, the Hearing Impaired, the Separated and Bereaved, and children of broken families. His recent focus has been on spirituality sessions for couples entitled, Living Covenant Retreats.
He was preceded in death by parents, Victor and Elsie Noble; and survived by his twin brother, Bruce, whom he assisted at Our Lady of Walsingham over several years. Pallbearers include members of Jesu Caritas and the Catholic Chaplain Corps.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and his fellow clergy at Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church, 7809 Shady Villa Lane at 10 o'clock a.m. on Tuesday, March 1st, preceded by Vigil on February 28th. Visitation begins at 5 o'clock until 7 p.m. Vespers of the Dead and Rosary follow, with further visitation until 9:30 p.m.
Donations, by way of memorial, would be gratefully received by Chorus Angelorum, a musical society featuring fine Tudor music in the Anglican tradition at Walsingham's Catholic Church, Shady Villa @ Wirt Rd.
A Choral Evensong is being performed today, Sunday at 4 pm under the direction of Edward Franklin, who will also be conducting the Mass setting for Fr. David's funeral liturgy on Tuesday morning.


Published in Houston Chronicle from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27, 2011
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