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Fr John McNamara OCD
(1938 - 2020)
Fr John was born June 23, 1938 at Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland, to Michael and Mary McNamara. He grew up in Barrhead, Glasgow.
In 1953 he joined the Redemptorists as Brother Bonaventure. Desiring to become a priest, he joined the Archdiocese of Glasgow in early 70’s and was ordained in 1978. He served in St Michael’s, Dumbarton and in St Teresa’s, Postle Park, Glasgow.
He entered the Discalced Carmelites in 1990 and was professed on September 8, 1991. He served in Loughrea, Kensington, St Teresa’s, Clarendon St and Derry. Sadly, he contracted COVID 19 while recovering from back surgery and died in Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast on April 23, 2020. May he rest in peace.
Funeral Homily by Fr Stephen Quinn OCD >>> here.
Fr Jeremiah (Jerry) Fitzpatrick, OCD
1940 – 2019
Fr Jerry was born in Kanturk, Co. Cork on November 9, 1940. He was the eldest of seven siblings, one of whom, John, predeceased him. Following primary school in Kanturk, he attended St Thérèse College, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork (now the Castlemartyr Resort).
He entered the Order of Discalced Carmelites in Loughrea in 1959 and made his First Profession there on September 8, 1960. He studied Philosophy and Theology at St Mary’s Carmelite College in Donnybrook, Dublin and was ordained to the priesthood on December 17, 1966.
He always loved the liturgy, especially the Liturgy of the Hours. He was one of the early students at the Institute of Pastoral Liturgy at Mount St Anne’s in 1996/7.
He served in Castlemartyr, St Teresa’s Clarendon Street, Berkeley Road and Derry, often in leadership roles. He was elected Provincial in 1993 and in 1997 was elected to the General Definitory in Rome where he served for six years.
Fr Jerry was a gifted speaker and was in great demand to give retreats and conferences. He gave these especially in Ireland, UK, US and Canada.
He is survived by his sister Peg and brothers Tony, Denis, Aidan and Cole. May he rest in peace.