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A Treasure for the Secular Order

July 2, 2010

BRIAN HEALEY OCDS 24/2/1923 – 25/6/2010

It is with both gratitude and sadness that I reflect on the life of our dear brother Brian Healey who gently went to his Lord on Friday 25th June. He was 87 years old.

Brian joined the Secular Order in Hobart, Tasmania in the early 1980’s, later transferring to the Sydney Community of Mary Immaculate. He made his Promise on the feast of St Teresa of Jesus on 15th October, 1985, along with his wife Pat. Together, they took vows of chastity and obedience in May, 1990.

Brian Healey served the Carmelite Order in various ways over many years, making an enormous contribution. In his local community he was Formation Director several times. He also served as Community Councillor many times, and was serving as Second Councillor of Mary Immaculate Community at the time of his death. He is pictured here with the other office bearers in his community after the 2009 triennial elections.

Photo: The Ashfield Community Council: Brian third from left.

He was of great service not only to his own community but to the Secular Order in this Region. Following the OCDS Congress at Potts Point in Sydney in 1995 Brian served for several years on the interim OCDS Council for Australia, New Zealand and Samoa assisting the OCDS Delegate, Fr Greg Burke OCD. A creative and committed man, much of the material in the original “Called to Carmel” (approved by Rome in May 1999 for a period of five years) was his work.

In February 2000 Brian became the first elected President of the OCDS National Council during a General Assembly held at the Mt Carmel Retreat Centre in Varroville. He was a delegate at the second International Congress of the Secular Order in Mexico in September 2000. Brian’s assistance to Fr Greg Burke and later to Fr Des Williamson and Fr Paul Maunder during those painful years of change was invaluable. His broad knowledge of theology (he held a degree), Canon Law, and all matters Carmelite, his computer skills, and his commitment to Carmel made him a treasure, and he will be sorely missed. Please pray for him and his dear wife Pat.

Rest in Peace, Brian.

Lorraine Murphy OCDS
National President.