Archdeacon Donnelly ‘lets his light shine’ through new book

ALL Saints Parish Centre was the venue recently for the launch of “Letting My Light Shine”, a record of Archdeacon Kevin Donnelly’s 62 years in the priesthood.

Archdeacon Kevin Donnelly (front centre) who last week launched his book "Letting My Light Shine" at All Saints Parish Centre is seen here with Retired Bishop of Down & Connor Rev Patrick Walsh (front left), Dean of Down & Connor Fr Brendan McGee (front right), All Saints PP Fr Paddy Delargy (back left) and Bishop of Down & Connor Rev Donal McKeown. INBT 10-100JC

Launched by the author himself on the occasion of his 91st birthday, the book is an account of his life as a priest in story and prayer - a reflection on his pastoral work in many parishes over six decades.

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In her foreword to the book, Baroness Nuala O’Loan DBE, writes: “The reader will encounter surprises, humour, terror, creativity, determination and struggle, but all articulated in the context of the Night Prayer which the Archdeadon, and every othe priest across the world, prays every night”.

Archdeacon Donnelly says: “Over the years the breviary prayers encouraged me greatly in my ministry to the people of God and in my 91st year I feel blessed in my vocation still.”