After he received Communion, Alfred Hitchcock quietly wept while tears ran down his cheeks.
On this day the famous film director Alfred Hitchcock died. Before his death, he confessed to a Catholic priest and a Catholic mass was celebrated in the dying man’s home. Young Jesuit priest Mark Henninger, who attended these events, described them in a touching manner. Namely, young Father Henninger, who was studying philosophy at the University of Los Angeles at the time, was called to Hitchcock’s home by priest Tom Sullivan, who knew the director. They found Hitchcock asleep in the living room and gently woke him. The director kissed Sullivan’s hand and thanked him.
Two priests then held Mass in the house while Hitchcock responded in Latin (he did not attend church for a long time and was not acquainted with the change). After receiving Communion, Hitchcock quietly wept while tears ran down his cheeks. Henninger and Sullivan come to celebrate Mass in Hitchcock’s house on several occasions, always on Saturday afternoon. Shortly thereafter, the director died, precisely on this day in 1980, at 9:17 a.m., in his Bel Air home. Just to mention, Hitchcock was raised in England as a Catholic, and in his youth he was educated among Salesians and Jesuits.