It is with heartfelt sorrow we record the death of one of our most faithful co-workers, Br. Paul MCGuigan MSC.
Br. Paul was the son of Mollie and Jerry and came from a family of 7 boys. His brother Mark is the Parish Priest of Lismore NSW.
Br. Paul worked in many our houses in Australia, and in Kiribati. At heart he was a battler for the poor and the neglected in society. His preference was to be doing things which would directly affect the needs of those less privileged.
He felt a certain lack of ease in our comfortable society. He was a hard worker with a love of nature and gardening, which was a genuine means of recreation. All around the Monastery in Sydney we have evidence of his ability to grow trees and plants which he daily cared for.
Paul was strict in his observance of living his religious life of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. He was keen on prayer.
He spoke as little as possible about himself.
He was able to mind his own business. He avoided curiosity. He was gentle by
nature. His mother of 96 years said of him that he a kind and gentle boy. In
many ways he chose the hardest, if he was given an option.
For me Paul has been a true, loyal and understanding friend. In life you don’t meet too many such people to keep you sane and balanced. We have known each other a co-worker in the Lord’s fields for over 40 years. I and especially the staff of the MSC Mission Office will miss Paul greatly. May he now rest in the company of his Creator who he reflected so wonderfully while he was among us.