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Rev. Fr. Ciaran Mc Donnell

16 Nov 1947 – 20 May 2012

“Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depth of my being, his Holy name;
Bless Yahweh, my soul, never forget all His acts of kindness”. Ps 103:1-2

Fr Ciaran Homily at Funeral Mass

My first encounter with Fr. Ciaran  was on Sunday 29th July 2001.  The date is etched in my mind as I recall taking notes at the Homily he gave at Mass in St James’ Church Medjugorje, with his gentle Tyrone accent. After Mass was over I made my way to the gate where the priests come out,  to speak with him and tell him how wonderful his homily was. He asked me where in Ireland I was from and I said Dublin. I told him I was going to be staying in Medjugorje for a few months and he told me he was going to be staying for a year and in Fr Slavko’s old bedroom. This was the beginning of our  11 year friendship.

Fr Ciaran was a beautiful, gentle, kind, loving Priest. He radiated the love of Jesus to all he met and this drew people to be in his company. Holy Mass and Eucharistic Adoration were the highlight of his day and the graces he received there sustained him each day. He wrote his homilies in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Fr  Ciaran was always smiling because he was so filled with joy.  He loved Our Lady,  always invoking her intercession quite often with miraculous answers. He had a deep, fervent faith which I’ve no doubt he received from his beautiful Mother & Father, Kathleen & Gerard.  He knew from the young age of 11 that the Lord was calling him to be a Priest.
The Lord Blessed Fr Ciaran with an abundance of gifts which he always used for God’s greater Glory.  He was a wonderful singer, he played the guitar, piano and organ. Every evening that year, at the evening programme in Medjugorje he played & sang the Hymns for the healing prayers and the Rosary, with all his heart.  

“I shall sing to Yahweh all my life, make music for my God as long as I live
May my musings be pleasing to him for Yahweh gives me joy”.  Ps 104: 33-34

Fr Ciaran always lived his vocation to the priesthood to the full. He would pray and bless the sick, visit some one in need.  On one occasion when I was sick he travelled to Mostar hospital everyday to bring me Holy Communion and to anoint me. He learned some Croatian and spoke it like a native!!  He could celebrate Holy Mass in Croatian.  The spiritual needs of a soul were always upper most in his mind and he prayed ardently for troubled souls.  

“Teach me, Yahweh, the way of your Will, and I will observe it
Give me understanding and I will observe your Law, and keep it wholeheartedly.
Guide me in the way of your commandments, for my delight is there.
Bend my heart to your instructions, not to selfish gain”.    Ps 119: 33-36.

Fr Ciaran was very involved with the  Charismatic Renewal gave many talks at Life in the Spirit seminars. He received the gift of healing and was instrumental in healing a lady who was confined to a wheelchair,  at a Charismatic Conference in Dublin.  He received many prophetic words from the Holy Spirit, for people which came to pass.   

Medjugoje played a big part in Fr Ciaran’s life.  He was spiritual director to many groups that went there on Pilgrimage.  On the 25th of every month when Our Lady gave her message to Marija for the whole world, Fr Ciaran would pray to Our Lady & to the Holy Spirit to guide him as he wrote a reflection on the message. This reflection was also linked with appropriate Scripture passages and it made the message come alive for any one who read it.

My dear friend Fr Ciaran was holiness and humility personified.

Dear Fr Ciaran will be sadly missed by his Mother & Father, Brothers & Sisters and friends in Medjugorje and the world over and by all who read his reflections on this web-site.  We are all the “richer” for having known him.  

Fr Ciaran died on the Feast of the Ascension and is being buried on the Feast of Pentecost    
             - very fitting days, for a Priest who was so full of the Holy Spirit.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Requiescant in Pace.
Počivao u miru Božjem.
May he rest in Peace.

Hvaljen Isus i Marija.


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