Father Gerry Frawley SAC R.I.P.

Father Gerry Frawley SAC R.I.P.

HOMILY of Fr Liam McClarey

For the Funeral of Fr GERRY (GERARD) FRAWLEY- Tuesday June 7th 2022

Apocalypse 14:13- Psalm sung- 1 John 3:1-2: Matthew 5:1-12

‘Called By Name’ is an often cited Pallottine Manual of Formation for the Union of Catholic Apostolate. In the Rite of Baptism, we hear that ‘we are called by our name in this life and in eternity ‘and then the parents- Thomas & Kathleen in this instance are asked what name they have chosen for their son. Sometimes our baptismal name does not equal our known name. So, Patrick becomes Gerard or Gerry or even Ger.

We speak someone’s name: in this instance two words: Gerry Frawley; and we observe the reaction- a smile; or we hear a remark/ a comment in Gerry’s case always favourable. I must admit that when I contacted Mary to give her the sad news she only said one word: Gerard. For you and Rena one word is sufficient to encapsulate your brother.

In Volume 10 of his Opere Complete (Complete Works) St Vincent Pallotti writes: ‘Since good is all that I plan to do… I intend to do good always.’ (OOCC, X 32-33)

The Funeral Liturgy of the Church echoing our first reading expresses confidence ‘that God always remembers the good we have done and forgives our sins.’ Gerry himself would cringe at the detailed list of his appointments on three Continents; in Tanzania, England and in the United States. But having followed him in Greenford I can honestly attest to his positive stamp remaining, some twenty years later.

The Gospel of the Beatitudes is arguably the best great roadmap to the Christian life. Gerry followed the Beatitudes in his pastoral ministry. The addition of a Condolences section allows priests to almost cheat at Funerals: we look up what others are saying about our brother, our in-law, our uncle, our neighbour, our confrere, and our friend.
He will be remembered with a mixture of sadness and happiness- a lovely man; a thorough gentleman; very kind, compassionate, selfless, helpful to everyone- he did not compare one appointment to another; – it is the people of the parish which Gerry considered most important- always helping the poor; he generously promoted and supported the Pallottine Missions in East Africa. All as St John tells us in the 2nd Reading ‘are already the children of God’ and Gerry treated all as such. He practised the Mystery of the Visitation and then capped it all off by having the ability to remember people’s names decades later.

Gerry had a wonderful balance in life. He was relaxed, easy-going even. It was a joy to be in his company but he was at the same time always conscientious. His homilies were well- prepared and to the point; he was thorough in his pastoral duties and in his Pallottine tasks, such as when he served as Delegate in the United States.

There was the hidden part of his life which he cared for diligently. He was an avid reader- his Breviary, the Prayer of the Church; some spiritual reading was always at hand. He found inner- peace as a priest based on this bedrock of prayer. When he read for knowledge he favoured something biographical if not auto biographical. Then for current events or news in the paper he would become Chinese. They read from right to left. Gerry read newspapers in a similar manner beginning with the most important sections first- sport on the back pages and then would work his way through to the front.

He played hurling well; was both a keen and a good golfer- often the former does not guarantee the latter in that sport; enjoyed a game of 45; thoroughly enjoyed American football; delighted in the success of the Limerick county hurlers and was known to contact fellow Pallottines, from other counties, to ensure they knew the latest results. Of course, there was his pipe and sometimes the chair moved so he could enjoy his smoke outside the college here, and his faithful dogs. He had a great love of nature and the quiet walk to ponder and it goes without saying his love of Knockaderry. Then there was Listowel in September and other important events associated with the Sport of Kings. We were able to watch racing on RTE when I visited Knockaderry. So respectful silence was observed and then post- race analysis over tea prepared by Mary & Rena, with all four giving their views on the afternoon’s racing.

Therefore, we have a brief outline of Gerry’s life- each of us has our own particular memory or memories of his Visitation among us. These memories are important.
Gerry was not into long sermons or glowing tributes even if in his case they are richly deserved. I wish to conclude with the words on his Silver Jubilee Card from 1993:

People ask a great deal of their priest, and they should.
But, they should also understand it is not easy to be a priest.
He has given himself in all the ardour of youth, yet he remains a man.
Every day the man in him tries to bring back what he has surrendered.
It is a continual struggle to remain completely at the service of Christ and of others.
A priest needs no praise or embarrassing gifts. What he needs is that those
Committed to his charge, should be loving their fellows more and more,
Prove to him that he has not given his life in vain.
Let’s love one another!

Late of Knockaderry, Co. Limerick and St. Vincent Pallotti Parish, Wyandotte, Michigan. Fr. Gerry passed away unexpectedly on May 23rd In Wyandotte. Son of the late Thomas and Kathleen, brother of Mary and Rena and the late Tom R.I.P. Deeply regretted by his sisters, sister-in-law, nieces and partners, grand nieces, grand nephews, his Pallottine community, former parishioners, neighbours, relations and friends.

May Fr. Gerry Rest in Peace

There will be a Funeral Mass in St. Vincent Pallotti Parish, Wyandotte at 1pm local time on Friday, June 3rd. This Mass will be streamed live at 6pm Irish time. The Link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOTaWspZYDw

Fr, Gerry will repose in the Pallottine College, Thurles on Monday, June 6th from 3 to 7pm. He will then be received into the Pallottine Chapel in the college at 7pm. There will be a concelebrated Mass in the Pallottine College, Thurles on Tuesday, June 7th at 12 noon followed by interment in the Community Cemetery, St. Mary’s, Cabra, Thurles.

Family flowers only please.

God Bless,                                             

Liam

Provincial Rector
PALLOTTINES
Mother Of Divine Love Province

https://rip.ie/death-notice/fr.-gerard-gerry-frawley-knockaderry-limerick/497681

Watch the funeral of Fr. Gerry live or play back. 1pm Wyandotte time. 6pm Friday Dublin time. 

We are very sad to announce that Father Gerry Frawley SAC has died suddenly in Wyandotte, Michigan, USA and we offer our deepest sympathy to his family and to the Pallottine community who will miss him greatly. May he rest in Peace.

Gerry was born on December 13 1940, Professed as a Pallottine on September 12, 1963 and ordained a priest on June 8, 1968, died May 23, 2022.

Fr. Patrick Gerard (Gerry) Frawley S.A.C. (Dec 13th 1940 – May 23rd 2022).

It is with great sadness we share the news of the death of Fr. Gerry who was born in his beloved Knockaderry, County Limerick, Ireland. After Secondary school, Fr Gerry entered the Pallottine Seminary in Thurles, County Tipperary. Fr Gerry made his First Consecration on September 12, 1963 and was ordained a priest on June 8, 1968 in the Cathedral in Thurles.

His first assignment after ordination was to Makiungu Parish in Tanzania, East Africa. While there he also served in Singida Parish and Kirondotal & Kiomboi. He did an enormous amount of work during his time on the missions. Fr. Gerry put new seats in the old church; but now there is a beautiful cathedral in Singida. Fr Gerry was very kind and outgoing in nature. He was a favorite with young and old alike. He could spend hours getting stories out of the old men and women. While Fr Gerry was in Makiungu he endeared himself to all. He was completely selfless and always ready to help.

In 1972, he was reassigned to London, England as associate pastor in the Pallottine Parishes of Barking & Greenford prior to being transferred to The United States in 1976, where he brought the same selfless qualities. His first appointment in the United States was to Ely, Nevada. In 1979 he was moved to Idalou/Lorenzo, Texas; in 1985 to Stephenville, Texas and in 1990 Fr. Gerry was appointed to St. Joseph Parish in Wyandotte, Michigan where he served for 10 years. During that time Fr Gerry made many lifelong friends. While ministering in St. Joseph Parish Fr. Gerry undertook the task of building the parish hall and made it his goal to visit every family in the parish. With his great encouragement and kind words Fr. Gerry served everyone. He was kind and caring to all, never having a cross word to say.

In the year 2000 Fr. Gerry left St. Joseph Parish to continue his ministry at St. Nicholas, Capac & St. John the Evangelist, Allenton Michigan, Saint Aloysius Gonzaga in Romulus, Saint Christopher, Detroit, Michigan and in 2009 Fr. Gerry was blessed to join St. Anne Church, Ortonville, Michigan. After 53 years of active ministry Fr Gerry concluded his active ministry in September 2021.

Throughout his years in ministry, Fr Gerry generously promoted and supported the Pallottine Foreign Missions. Fr Gerry will be deeply missed by his loving sisters Mary and Rena, his nieces and nephews as well as his Pallottine Community. Fr. Gerry was predeceased by his loving parents, Thomas and Kathleen and his brother Tom. Fr. Gerry will be deeply missed by his many friends and the parishioners he served in Wyandotte and throughout the world. He will be fondly remembered as a wonderful man and a dedicated priest.

Fr Gerry recently said “The priesthood gave me inner-peace. Becoming a priest has brought me a peace of mind that I cannot put into words. You can’t have inner-peace all the time, rather there are situations in life that can disturb you—so I ask God every day for the gift of peace. There have been times I’ve struggled in life and times I’ve experienced some crosses too —but I never had any regrets about my calling”.

May Fr Gerry rest in peace in the glory of Eternal Life. Fr Gerry will lay in repose on June 2nd, 12 noon to 8pm. Funeral celebration June 3rd at 1pm—St Joseph Church Wyandotte.

Posted by Father Brendan McCarrick SAC

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17 Replies to “Father Gerry Frawley SAC R.I.P.”

  1. Rector General SAC

    @RectorGeneral

    The Society loses another good pastor, Father Gerry Frawley SAC, member of the Mother of Divine Love Province. Our condolences to the Provincial Rector and all the members of the Province. “Go forth in peace, for you have followed the good road”. (St. Clare)

  2. I met Father In 1985 soon after the death of my husband. Father was a kind, compassionate friend and mentor into the Catholic faith. I was baptized and confirmed at Saint Brendan’s by Father.
    I know God holds Father Jerry lovingly in his hands. May God comfort his family with their loss.

  3. So very sad to hear about the passing of Fr Gerry… he was such a wonderful gentle kind soul and a wonderful priest who really touched people’s lives as he passed through their parish on his journey in life. I was only about 8 years old when I first met him in our parish in Greenford London. He became a great friend to our family and nicknamed me ‘Miss Prim’ ( I was a Geraldine and thought I was named after him) – he taught RE at our school and could be quite strict if you didn’t know your commandments! He was a regular visitor to our home, loved his pint of Guinness, his golf and to be the first up on the dance floor on a Sunday night at our Irish socials! When mum was near death he made the trip from the USA to visit her in the hospice, she was delighted to see him after all the years even though the letters and Christmas cards always came in abundance! He truly touched all our lives even though his time with us was very short (4 years) but the great impression he made will remain with us forever! God bless you Fr Gerry, lots of love from Miss Prim! Xxx

  4. So very sad to hear about the passing of Fr Gerry… he was such a wonderful gentle kind soul and a wonderful priest who really touched people’s lives as he passed through their parish on his journey in life. I was only about 8 years old when I first met him in our parish in Greenford London. He became a great friend to our family and nicknamed me ‘Miss Prim’ ( I was a Geraldine and thought I was named after him) – he taught RE at our school and could be quite strict if you didn’t know your commandments! He was a regular visitor to our home, loved his pint of Guinness, his golf and to be the first up on the dance floor on a Sunday night at our Irish socials! When mum was near death he made the trip from the USA to visit her in the hospice, she was delighted to see him after all the years even though the letters and Christmas cards always came in abundance! He truly touched all our lives even though his time with us was very short (4 years) but the great impression he made will remain with us forever! God bless you Fr Gerry, lots of love from Miss Prim! Xxx

  5. From Pallottines Ireland Facebook page:

    Claire Stanton Cleary
    The Light of Heaven to you Fr. Frawley. RIP. Condolences to his birth family, parishioners and Pallottines Family.

    Bridget Elliott
    May you rest in peace Fr Gerard. Such a kind and gentle soul. 🙏

    Joan Mahoney
    Condolences to all the Frawley family. May his gentle soul Rest in Peace 🙏❤🙏

    Kate Worden
    He was such a much loved priest. A good shepherd of his flock. He and Father Ray Lewandowski said the funeral Mass for my daughter, Carolyn. He came to my 75th birthday party in Allenton. He gave me a rosary that was from Ireland. Most awesomeness … and generous loving person. When I say my rosary, he is always remembered. Rest In Peace Father Gerry.

    Annmaire Clawson
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Fr Gerard. Condolences to his family .. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

    Bridget Doherty
    So sad to hear of Fr Gerard’s death. Sincere sympathy to Mary, Rena, Carol, his nieces, extended family and Pallottine family. RIP Gerard.

    Piper Tscherniwetz
    Thank you for constantly being a example of “good people do exist in the world”. I will miss you dearly and think of you fondly.❤️

    Cathy Desmond
    May he rest in peace.

    Damian DeLeon Edmonson
    I remember his kind spirit every Sunday during my childhood, and how he brought council and comfort to my mother.

    Anne Byrne
    May he Rest In Peace.

    Mary Geaney
    Rest in Peace Fr Gerard. A very special person. 💔🙏

    Betty O Sullivan
    Rest in peace Fr Gerard…a lovely man..always a kind word…condolences to all the Frawley family

    Andrea Santoy
    Thank you for being there for my family Father Gerry Frawley as child as I can remember He came to house to help my Dad.
    He taught me one big lesson that, I learn and continue doing the lesson He taught me. Loving and always helping the poor. With my Catholic Faith. Thank you!
    May Father Gerry Frawley Rest In Peace!

    Kay McCoy
    So sorry rip

    Terry Buckley
    May he rest in peace.

    Ann Byrne
    May he Rest In Peace. 🙏

    Sue Tokley
    Rest in Peace Fr Frawley. 🙏🙏🙏
    I have happy memories of you when you were in Barking in the early/mid 1970s.

    Mike Downes
    Rest In Peace Fr Frawley

    Joan Richardson
    RIP

    Rita Corkery
    So sorry to hear about fr gerard
    My he rest in peace

    Frank Moore
    Rest in peace father ger

    Margaret Munson
    So sorry to hear this sad news, may you Rest in Peace Fr Frawley 🙏🙏

    Johnny Leos
    Father Gerry Frawley was not only a Priest he was a good friend to my family and to a lot of families in Idalou Texas. I’ll miss you my friend. Johnny Leos & Family 

    Elizabeth Chisek
    Rest In Peace Fr. Gerry💗

    Frank Donio
    Sympathy and prayers.

    Antony Cruz
    May his soul Rest In Peace

    Mary Regan Look
    No words for this tragic loss. He was a great great man so full of faith. May God grant him the grace of heavenly entry. So very sad and 💔.

    Elizabeth Smith
    Rest in peace Fr Gerard

    Annie O’Regan
    A lovely man who visited my parents every time he was back in Knockaderry. RIP

    Alan McCoy
    May he rest in peace.

    Binay Barwa
    May his soul rest in peace.

    Agnes Vethanayagam
    Rest in peace Fr Gerry.

    The Marc Arts ·
    He was a grand friend to me and my family. Condolences to all who loved him.

    Emilio N Vickie Arguello Jr.
    May he RIP 🙏

    Anne Grant
    May he rest in peace 🙏🙏

    Lorna Perlado
    Rest in peace

    Bernie Healy
    Rest on peace 🙏

    Jennifer Hawley Lyons
    A wonderful human being🙏🏼God Bless him he will be so missed

    Patricia Murray
    Rest in Peace Fr,🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

    Joan Lafferty
    RIP condolences to family and Pallottine community

    Margaret Stone
    God bless 🙏🙏🙏

    Jeanette Mcphail
    Rest in peace Fr Frawley

    Susie C Garcia
    May you rest in peace fatherFather Frawley you will be missed lots of memories love you Always

    Kay Moloney
    So sorry too hear of the death of Fr Gerard Frawley may his gentle soul rest in peace Condolences to his family 🙏🙏🙏

    Hamsi Sakilu
    May his soul rest in peace

    Mark Lyons
    May God bless Fr Gerry. He will be greatly missed.

    William Molyneaux
    Rest in peace father Ger often had a good game of 45

    Coral Lynn
    Rest in peace Fr Gerry Frawley

    Corina G Maple
    May he rest in Peace. You will be missed!

    Martina Daly
    Rest In Peace Fr Frawley sincere sympathy to the family 🙏🙏

  6. We were blessed to have had Fr. Frawley in Idalou Texas. Almost 42 years ago we had the pleasure of him marrying us. RIP Fr. Frawley…you will be greatly missed.
    Danny and Becky Vento

  7. Rest In Peace Fr. Frawley 🙏🏻✝️🙏🏻 Great Father 🙏🏻✝️🙏🏻

  8. My wife Anna, my son Joseph and I attended the 9:30 am. Mass at St. Patrick’s on May 23rd, 2022. Fr Jerry assisted the Celebrant, Fr. Brendan. When the Mass ended and before the procession passed by my pew, Fr. Jerry gave me a thumps up sign! So sad to learn that he died later that same day.
    My last words to Fr. Jerry were “your my pastor”.
    We were there at St Joseph when he concelebrated 11:30 am Mass, a complete and joyous surprise to see him after all these years. I said to my wife it was a miracle. I was a lecturer and Eucharistic minister when Fr. Jerry was the pastor staring around 1990. That ended when he moved on to his other assignments. I am very grateful to have had this personal contact with him before he left this mortal world and and rather stunned he is gone to his eternal reward.

  9. Father Frawley married us back in 1984. A very special human being and friend. Wife and myself will miss him so much. Until we meet again Father Frawley.

  10. The Cicala Family is deeply saddened by his passing. I can picture the twinkle in his eye. He was simply a good,kind man & THE BEST PRIEST we have ever met. God’s gain is our loss.

  11. Father Gerry was a kind and gentle man. Did not know him well, but he shined exuberantly professing his faith in Christ & the Holy Catholic Church. I would tag along with my friends to church for a beautiful Mass he gave.
    Then we all went to dinner & he told stories of his dogs. Heaven is the place Father will pray for us.

  12. My condolences to the entire Pallottine community. Fr Gerry was a phenomenal priest who touched many lives with his welcoming and loving spirit. RIP Fr Gerry.

  13. Father Gerry was the most wonderful soul. He touched so many lives with his wisdom and kind heart. As the pastor of my church for many years, I have many fond memories of that time. I have thought of him many times over the past year and now will think of him with a mixture of sadness and happiness. He has reached his goal of spending eternity with The Lord. Rest in Peace Father Jerry.

  14. Sincere sympathy to Mary, Rena and all Fr. Gerard’s family on his sudden passing. What a lovely man. We always had lovely chats when he was on his visits to Knockaderry and was a frequent visitor to Alice Hartigan in the evenings. I was very saddened to hear of his passing. Rest in peace Fr. Gerard.

  15. Deepest sympathy to the pallottine community on fr. Gerard’s sudden passing to his eternal reward. A lovely man my second cousin and married my husband and I. Very sad to hear this and deepest sympathy to Mary Rena Carol and nieces. He will be sadly missed and his visits to knockaderry were to be looked forward to

  16. Fr Jerry was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Fr Jerry baptized my son and was known for a great sense of humor. May God bless Fr Jerry.