Fr Paschal Séamus Tiernan OP
Born 10th April, 1929
First Profession 15th September, 1948
Ordained 11th July, 1954
Died 21st August, 2016
May he rest in peace!
Usually we publish here a commentary on Sunday Gospel written with great devotion by Fr Paschal Tiernan OP. Regardless of whether he was fine or ill, regardless of whether he was at home or in the hospital, he did his best to prepare the weekly commentary for the website (TEA) and bulletin meditation for our newsletter.
Today is the first Sunday when his new meditation and commentary hasn’t appeared.
And Today we would like to remember Paschal and thank him for his wisdom, enthusiasm and his commitment to preaching the Gospel.
He worked for 55 years in Trinidad, where he was greatly loved and admired. He was a very dynamic priest, always on the go, very well known and highly regarded as a preacher. People were impressed by both the content of his preaching and his lively way of communicating.
Because of the state of health he had to return to Ireland (Tallaght) in 2011. Though he missed Trinidad he accepted his new situation in a spirit of faith and kept working as best he could. Even up to recently, anytime we went into his room he was either working or saying his prayers. Maybe that was his most eloquent sermon at all – great grace with which he lived with poor health – uniting himself with Jesus in his suffering.
He was totally committed to evangelization. He wanted to use new ways of preaching making good use of new media such as internet or Facebook. We spoke many times about what to do to reach more people so that they can meet Jesus and his Gospel.
We will remember Paschal as a kind, generous, bosom friend.
A huge archive of his meditations and commentaries will be our treasury, out of which we will try to bring knowledge and wisdom. We will still publish his commentaries written in last few years.
Thanks to his texts and also – we hope – his prayers for us he will stay with us for good.
Let’s in return remember him thankfully in our prayers.
May Fr Paschal rest in peace!
Fr. Robert Reguła OP