Jun 9, 2017

Fr. Jack Finucane, a true hero – Bishop Leahy

Fr. Jack Finucane, a true hero – Bishop Leahy

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that the late Fr. Jack Finucane, who passed away last evening, will forever be a symbol of selflessness, caring and hope.

Responding to the news of Fr. Finucane’s death, Bishop Leahy said that he leaves an inspirational legacy, on a par with the great humanitarians of our nation.

“In life there are many people placed on pedestals, people we consider, and rightly so, heroes. We all need people to look up to.  But it is no exaggeration to say that Fr. Jack Finucane was the embodiment of what it means to be a hero - someone who protects and defends.

“In his deeds, he was a hero in that he dedicated his life to protecting and defending the weakest people on our planet.  There is no greater Christian calling and he took it up selflessly and courageously, often putting himself at great risk but also completely indifferent to that risk.

“His work and achievements with his brother, the late Fr. Jack Finucane, and others with Concern were remarkable in any context, helping to bring it from a small organisation into a global force that today represents the triumphs of human spirit in how it helps the poorest people right across the world.

“I was also interested to hear that despite leaving Limerick at the age of 18, Limerick never left him.  He remained at all times in touch with what was going on here, not least on the sporting front.

“It is also heartwarming today to hear of just how proud he was of being a priest.  He had a calling and answered it.  Not just that, he fulfilled everything possible that could be expected of one man or woman’s calling.  A beautiful characteristic also was that, by all accounts, he was extremely modest, never looking for attention for, or boasting about, his very considerable achievements.

“As Bishop of Limerick, I am proud to say that Fr. Jack Finucane represents the very best of Limerick and is an example of the great good people of the Church are doing throughout the world.”