It is now five months since the death of Fr Daniel O’Leary and now comes news of the posthumous publication by Columba Press of his last book, Dancing to my Death with a Love Called Cancer.
The book chronicles his journey with cancer during the last six months of his life and it is a remarkable book of courage, honesty and profound faith that not only describes the physical suffering but also is very open about his emotional and spiritual struggles. In it, Fr Daniel asks the deeper questions that come when we experience such a life-changing prognosis and both his rigour in not being satisfied with ‘easy’ answers and his deep trust in God’s unconditional love make it challenging and inspirational reading.
Fr Daniel was greatly loved by many people in the Leeds diocese and the twice-yearly retreats he gave at the Briery in Ilkley were always full to capacity. As well as this he served in parishes across the diocese for more than thirty years where his ministry often had a profound impact on his parishioners’ faith journey.
At the end of May Fr Daniel’s great friend, and literary executor, Margaret Siberry was in Dublin for the launch of the book and was interviewed on Irish radio and also by BBC Radio Ulster’s Sunday programme, broadcast on Pentecost Sunday. She has said that the book will build on Fr Daniel’s wonderful legacy as a theologian, writer and spiritual guide. The link below provides more information about the book and the launch in Dublin.
In May 2018, before he became ill, Fr Daniel recorded an online video course based on his 2017 book An Astonishing Secret. The book was a great success and there is a link to the related website below.
This video course is a resource that many of his admirers across the diocese might enjoy and it is now also available in DVD form, published by Pauline Books. All profits from the online course, the DVD set and both of Fr Daniel’s books are being donated to CAFOD.