Fr Downey sadly died in Antrim Area Hospital on Monday, September 18, with his death being announced by the Parish of Ballinascreen, which he served.
Hollywood star Roma Downey paid tribute to her brother, posting to social media.
The Touche By An Angel actress said: “Friends, My family has suffered a terrible loss. Our beloved brother Fr John has passed away in the night. We are grateful for all your prayers.
“His passing was peaceful and that’s a blessing.
“May he rest in peace.”
Fr Downey’s remains were removed to St Eugene’s Church in Moneyneena on Wednesday morning for Mass at 11.00 am where he will lie in repose until the recitation of The Rosary at 9.00pm.
His Requiem Mass will take place in the church at noon on Thursday, followed by interment in the Derry’s City Cemetery.
A family notice for the late priest states that he was the beloved brother of Pat, Ann, Jacinta, Roma and the late Lawrence.
In a social media post, a spokesperson for the Ballinascreen parish said: “It is great sadness that we inform you of the death earlier today (Monday) in Antrim hospital of Fr John Downey, RIP.
“Please pray for the happy repose of his soul as we thank the Lord for his many years of devoted service as a priest in our parish.”Tags: