to begin a letter to a person who has supported, cajoled,
nurtured, questioned, taught, wined, dined and broadened
our intellectual horizons and shown compassion for others
as a cornerstone of your religious belief.
has always lived his beliefs, often vocally, when injustice
and apathy attempt to prevail and often by example quietly
and powerfully. Ted, you accept people and I have learnt
about the preciousness of every human being in the many
faces and moods and thoughts that are seen in this life.
first met Ted when I was an angry young man who knew
that the Catholic Church of my Father's generation was
not mine. I felt at home in the Redfern Community, a
sense of deeper purpose, of a mystery and reverence
for the human soul.
invited my future wife to Mass and Kate felt a sense
of belonging that continues to this day. We invited
Ted home to a small flat in Concord
and then were educated thoroughly in hospitality and
abundance of life.
and I knew Ted for five years before we proposed to
each other at Croagh Patrick, Araluen. When we were
married at Redfern, Ted recited a poem possibly by Yeats?
and spoke of such conviction about our future together.
Annika and Liam were baptized in Redfern and always
O'Callaghan Family, Paul, Kate, Annika and Liam, don't
see Ted as much as in the past. The brief trips to the
hospital and Bowral allow some contact. However we miss
the warmth, reverence and spirit of a great friend and
Irish prayer of the traveller speaks of the sun on your
back, warm winds and rain on your fields. Ted, you have
sown a great crop and nurtured a generation of people
who see imagination, poetry and compassion as essential
to their way of life. We thank you for that.
your retirement and we look forward to sharing the journey
by Paul O'Callaghan