RIP Paddy Kearney (28 August 1942 - 23 November 2018)

width=300On Friday 23 November, tireless activist for the poor and marginalised, Paddy Kearney, died suddenly of a heart attack.  

Paddy (76) had only just launched his book of Denis Hurley’s letters when he fell ill. Thinking he might have pneumonia, his brother took him to hospital where he suffered a heart attack and died.  

Paddy Kearney was born in 1942. He went to St Charles Marist College, Pietermaritzburg, and for some years was a brother in the Marist order. He worked closely alongside Archbishop Denis Hurley and in recent years has written biographies and edited Hurley’s letters. He was Chair and Founder of the Denis Hurley Centre, Founding Director of Diakonia Council of Churches, Chair of the Gandhi Development Trust and advisor to KZN Christian Council, among many other important positions.    

On Saturday 24 November a memorial mass was said in his honour at Emmanuel Cathedral. Our deepest sympathy is with his family and the wider family of all those who were inspired by him.    

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. [with acknowledgement to the Denis Hurley Centre]


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