It is with very great sadness that we have just heard of the passing of one of our very own in the Diocese – Fr Dermott Donnelly. Our prayers this weekend will be for Fr Dermott, his loved ones and many friends – all of whom will be shocked and saddened to hear of his death.
Fr Dermott had only recently celebrated his 30th anniversary of service to parish, community, Diocese and our faith. He will be sorely missed for his energy, enthusiasm and ability to engage with all who met him. This is particularly true of his work with young people and youth ministry in the Diocese – bringing many disadvantaged and dispirited young people to Christ and Catholicism. Fr. Dermott truly lived his faith, and in doing so gave so much to others. It is with great gratitude that we will remember him and all he selflessly gave.
Having been born and bred in the Diocese, Fr Dermott was known to many – from his own large extended family, to the local communities he grew up in and later served, his fellow priests and many, many more. Our prayers and condolences go out to those who will be grieving so strongly at this moment. I know that many will be gathering at 6pm this evening at St Joseph’s in Stanley, to pray for Fr Dermott, so would offer this reflection – from Thessalonians (1) 4:13-14 – to all those who loved and had the greatest respect for him.