Horizons of Hope PB by Damiel O'Leary
After nearly 60 years of pastoral and academic work, of studying, writing, preaching and teaching, Daniel O’Leary was writing what he described as his “most honest, clearest and truest understanding of the meaning of Incarnation… the most exciting and beautiful treasure of an astonishing beauty”, when he was sadly diagnosed with cancer.
That work was put on hold as his illness progressed and he did not have the opportunity to complete the new book before his death in 2019. Through a compilation of Daniel’s working notes, along with some correspondence and a selection of his best articles, Horizons of Hope offers Daniel’s last message on the joy of creation.
This book is filled with love, from the ordinary to the divine. It is an invitation from Daniel to open our hearts and minds to a loving God, who is very much part of us and our surroundings.
His passionate conviction that life itself is God’s evolving love and his determination to communicate how we can all experience the wonder of creation, filled his heart and his imagination to the very end. This was his ministry. Horizons of Hope is Daniel’s inspirational legacy and he lives on through the excitement captured in these pages.
Daniel O’Leary was originally from Rathmore in County Kerry. He worked as a priest in the Diocese of Leeds and was known across the world as a bestselling author, inspiring speaker and retreat facilitator. He worked in parishes for almost 30 years and for another 20 years he taught Theology and Religious Education at St Mary’s University College in London. He became chair of its Religious Studies department, before being appointed Episcopal Vicar for Christian Formation in Leeds until 2000. Over many years his theology and spirituality were a source of inspiration and solace to countless people. Daniel was diagnosed with cancer in the summer of 2018 and died on 21st January, 2019.