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Fr. Bill Hanly SAC R.I.P.

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Fr. William (Bill) Hanly, SAC, died peacefully following a long and progressive illness on the evening of June 27th at 19.10 in the excellent and tender care of all the staff at St. Theresa’s Nursing Home in Thurles.

Fr. Bill had been in the care of the staff at St. Theresa’s since September 2012. As a community we are very grateful to each member of staff and management at St. Theresa’s for the attention and excellent care they gave to Fr. Bill, and to the other Pallottines who were residents there.

One of Fr. Bill’s favourite prayers which he recited frequently after Holy Communion is very appropriate for him at this time:

“May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest and peace at the last.” Card. John H. Newman.

Fr. Bill’s funeral arrangement are:
Viewing in the Pallottine College in Thurles on Sunday 2nd July from 16 – 19; followed by removal to the Chapel.
Concelebrated Funeral Mass on Monday 3rd in the College at 12 noon, followed by burial in the Pallottine Community Cemetery at St. Marys, Cabra.

billaFr. Bill is mourned by his Pallottine Community, his sister, Mary Frost, his brother, James Hanly, his sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and a wide circle of friends in many parts of the world.
May his good soul rest in eternal peace.

Derry Murphy, SAC.


The Thomas Morton Prayer

MY LORD GOD, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

– Thomas Merton, “Thoughts in Solitude”
© Abbey of Gethsemani


The Touch of the Master’s Hand

‘Twas battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
but he held it up with a smile.

“What am I bid, good people”, he cried,
“Who starts the bidding for me?”
“One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?”
“Two dollars, who makes it three?”
“Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three,”

But, No,
From the room far back a gray bearded man
Came forward and picked up the bow,
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet
As sweet as the angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said “What now am I bid for this old violin?”
As he held it aloft with its’ bow.

“One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?”
“Two thousand, Who makes it three?”
“Three thousand once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone”, said he.

The audience cheered,
But some of them cried,
“We just don’t understand.”
“What changed its’ worth?”
Swift came the reply.
“The Touch of the Masters Hand.”

A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,
A game and he travels on.
He is going once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.

But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Masters’ Hand.

Myra Brooks Welch


Homily At Fr. Bill’s Funeral Mass by Provincial Fr. Derry Murphy SAC


HurumaJuly 2, 2017 at 3:44 pmReply

Aloysius Kijanga Let Mzee wetu rest in peace.

HurumaJuly 2, 2017 at 3:43 pmReply

Even though it’s a happy release for him I’m still saddened by the death of Fr. Bill Hanly. He was Provincial when I joined in 1972 and he received my First Profession in 1975. When I returned from Tanzania in 1986 we toured the country together giving school retreats, experiences that drew us close together as companions and friends. We shared a strong affection for each other and it was sad to see him suffer as he did these past few years.

A line he used to quote from Psalm 139 to help others realise how precious they are to God, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made!” Amen! Rest in peace Bill.

HurumaJuly 2, 2017 at 3:43 pmReply

Mary Sheehy I knew Willie Hanley well he was a limerick man and a friend of my late husband RIP. A great Pallottine Fr .

Liam Foley Very sorry to see this, Fr Willy, as he was known to family was much loved.

Grace Bone A great uncle to all his nieces and nephews. Fabulous memories.

Catriona Quinn Fr Bill was a gentleman. We will miss him.

Joan O’Halloran May he RIP.

Nora Eyan Rip Fr Hanly

Joan Lafferty R I P

Elma Ó Maolalaí R.I.P. Lovely pic too Grace.

Jessica Caulfield R.I.P. we have good memories of Fr Bill.

Oscar A. Moretti Que descanse en paz

Ann Mulkerrins Rip

Kat Williams RIP. yes a lovely photo.

Maria Mintern Rip

Jacinta Tobin Ah RIP lovely photo

Daniel keaneJune 30, 2017 at 11:00 pmReply

An amazing parish priest in Clerkenwell.
He did so much good work for the school
and parish in Clerkenwell .

Payers and blessings for Father Bill.

Daniel Keane former Head Teacher at and former staff also of St Peter and St Paul School Clerkenwell .

Mandy Owen MantoothJune 30, 2017 at 4:25 amReply

Father Bill was so wonderful with all the Texas Tech University students and greatly impacted all our lives. I will never forget his reverence and prayer after Communion. He set the bar high for all who have followed in his footsteps. We were blessed beyond measure with his presence in Lubbock. May he have eternal peace.

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Andrew BellJune 29, 2017 at 8:11 amReply

Bill, like so many of the Pallotine Fathers, was directed to Joe and Bridie Burns when he arrived in England as a missionary to us heathens (the English!). It was the 70s and he became a wonderful family friend. Bill always smiled. In 1983 he was based in Texas but still managed to travel to England to marry Noeleen and I. He now joins Joe, Bridie and, sadly, Noeleen in his eternal home. He rests in peace and rises in glory. God Bless you Bill.

HurumaJune 28, 2017 at 10:19 pmReply

Laurie Wade

May Perpetual Light shine upon him!! He was my beloved pastor at St. Elizabeth’s in Lubbock, Texas and it was because of him that when I was looking to do lay volunteer work, I selected the Pallottines. How much it meant to me when he was Provincial and he and Fr. Tony Kelly came to see me up at the Pallottine Sisters convent where I was assigned. I had always asked the Lord to give me one more visit with him and thanks be to God, I was able to see him one last time at St. Theresa’s nursing home there in Thurles during a 19 hour layover from Rome back to NYC in Feb. 2016! He blessed all my religious articles for me and when I gave them out back to former parishioners of his in Lubbock and told them who had blessed them, they embraced it even closer to their hearts!! He has especially been on my heart this last week. Just yesterday, I had quoted the prayer he used to always lead us in after each Mass from Thomas Merton, my favorite line being, “I hope the desire to please you, does in fact please you.”

Jim HoganJune 28, 2017 at 2:28 pmReply

I saddened at his passing. It is like losing a much loved and precious family member. He and Father Mike made a wonderful and treasured team. They helped me cope with life during a very difficult and trying period. The church lost a very effective and valued Priest, Ireland lost a worthy and valued son and I lost a treasured friend and spiritual leader. Heaven will benefit from his wit and humor .

JoeJune 28, 2017 at 1:53 pmReply

I knew him from the OLOV Parish, he was such a lovely man, and he will be greatly missed- RIP <3

Corine JacintoJune 28, 2017 at 5:05 amReply

I was always amazed at how Fr. Hanley could remember people’s names!! I’ll miss you Fr. Hanley! I’m sure you’re praying for all of us on Earth.

Diana TheallJune 28, 2017 at 4:58 amReply

I had the honor of knowing Fr Hanley in Lubbock. He married us in 1985 and helped bring me into the Catholic Church. He still has an impact on my life and I am forever grateful. RIP dear man and enjoy Heaven.

Robert HoganJune 28, 2017 at 4:41 amReply

I knew Fr. Bill when I was a boy in Lubbock, Texas. I served at the altar for him 1980-1987. He was such a kind and gentle soul, and was an inspiration and a shining light to me in my faith formation. Grant unto him eternal rest, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be at your back, the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rain fall softly on your fields. Until we meet again, my friend, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Kathy OwenJune 28, 2017 at 3:55 amReply

Always a special place in my heart for Father Hanly. I had instruction in his class and he married Mike and I and baptized
our oldest child. I know he will brighten heaven. He is finally home.

Teresita PerezJune 28, 2017 at 3:52 amReply

We were so blessed to have him as pastor at St. Elizabeth’s in Lubbock. He served there in the early 80’s during my college years. Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord!

Eric SimsJune 28, 2017 at 3:35 amReply

An incredible priest and friend. God rest his soul and may Hod welcome him into his midst.

Lidia HanusiakJune 28, 2017 at 12:20 amReply

Though it’s a sad piece of news, I feel than he’s now in Peace, resting in the place of the Real light.