‘I have arrived:
The destination is in every step.’ Thich Nath Hanh
It is with great sadness we announce the death of Fr Daniel O’Leary who passed away peacefully in the early hours of Monday 21st January.
Since June 2018, he has approached his journey with cancer with deep faith and immense courage. The end came more suddenly than we expected, leaving us shocked and saddened.
He was a very gracious and gifted person and we will all have special memories of him – treasure them. We are the better for his kindness, his humour, his wisdom and his undying belief in an incarnate God whose name is Love.
We give thanks for the many ways he has touched our lives. Please remember him and his family in your prayers.
The Journey Man
“I have arrived
The destination is every step” Thich Nath Hanh
journey-man, road-travelling companion
whose written word, crafted with care
woke so many mornings with a smile
whose faith was voiced with courage
lived from the humour of an Irish soul,
your destination firm-folded
within each stuttering step.
Your dancing eyes and joy-filled laughter
remain beyond the pain of immediate loss.
We gather the gifts you gave us
wrapped in language, lived through example
touched with tenderness and the compassion
of an open heart.
Gifts now ours to carry and to share,
each on our own Emmaus road,
this way we say goodbye to friends
lost in the drift of countless stars.