Malachy O’Dwyer OP died in Dublin on 13 June. He joined the Irish Province in 1954 and was ordained a priest in 1960. He studied canon law in Rome during the years of the Second Vatican Council and later taught in Argentina, Ireland and India. He worked also in Trinidad and was socius to the provincial in Ireland in the 1970s.
He was assigned to India to be rector of St Charles’ Seminary and was elected vicar provincial. He helped the vicariate to grow to be first a vice province and then a province. He was very clear that once those steps were taken it was up to the Indian brothers to govern the entity, but he remained there for the rest of his life offering his support, advice and guidance to the new province to which he transfiliated.
His years in India were interrupted by a term as procurator general of the Order, mainly during the mandate of Brother Damien Byrne and then for a short time with Brother Timothy Radcliffe. Many brothers and sisters of the Order will remember the kindness and efficiency with which he carried out his responsibilities at that time.
Admired and loved by many brothers and sisters of the Order, by his family and by a large circle of friends, our hope assures us that Malachy will be received with mercy and great joy in the heavenly court. Requiescat in pace.
(15 June 2014)