Rev. Roger Finnerty 1934 -1975
Now the Lord saw him go forward to look, and God called to him from the middle of the bush. ‘Moses, Moses!’ he said. ‘Here I am,’ Moses answered. ‘Come no nearer,’ he said. ‘Take off your shoes, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. (Exodus 3)
Rev. Patrick J Hedderman 1903 -1955
Look, I am standing at the door, knocking. If one of you hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share his meal, side by side with him.
Fr. Franco died early this morning in hospital in Rome, he suffered a catastrophic stroke on January 16th and was in the Policlinico Gemelli.
Fr. Franco was Vicar General of the Society from 1998 to 2004 when Bishop Seamus Freeman was Rector General; he was a General Consultor from 2004 to 2010 and was also Rector of the Community at the Generalate in Rome.
In the words of Bishop Freeman, ‘Franco was a man of culture, of a vast culture,’ and indeed this was very evident throughout his life. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of St. Vincent Pallotti and of his times and his writings and his contribution to seminars, debates and research is part of the legacy he leaves to the Union of Catholic Apostolate. He edited a major work “St. Vincent Pallotti, Prophet of a Spirituality of Communion” which was first published in 2004 and is now also available in English.
Fr. Franco accompanied the then Rector General, Fr. Fritz Kretz, in the visitation to Ireland in 2006, he had an enduring love of plants and flowers and was captivated by the green of Ireland; the magnolia trees at our house in Dundrum were in full bloom and he great enjoyed the display and often referred to it in later years.
The members of our Province who were based at the Generalate or visited there will remember his welcome, his care and his availability to guide us through bureaucratic business and to share the wealth of his knowledge of our Founder.
May his good and wise soul rest in eternal life with our God.
Derry Murphy, SAC.
For us, our homeland is in heaven, and from heaven comes the saviour we are waiting for, the Lord Jesus Christ, and he will transfigure these wretched bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body. He will do that by the same power with which he can subdue the whole universe. (Philippians 3:20)
Rev. William Quirke 1933 -1991
Blessed are those who trust in the LORD; the LORD will be their trust. They are like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It does not fear heat when it comes, its leaves stay green. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)