Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has expressed his “deep sense of loss” at news of the death of Fr. Gerry Reynolds of Clonard Monastery.
“Ba mhaith liom mo chomhbhrón a dhéanamh leis an gclann ar fad I Fr. Gerry Reynolds.
Fr. Reynolds was a champion of the peace process. Along with Fr. Reid and Fr. Des Wilson he was central to efforts to develop a peace process years before it eventually took root and he believed totally in the primacy of dialogue.
Fr. Reynolds was part of the Clonard Church Ministry, a special peace-making ministry within the Redemptorist Order. It was based on the historic tradition of the Church’s providing sanctuary and was focussed on the importance of compassion as “the first principle of all human relationships.”
Fr. Reynolds embraced the importance of dialogue with other churches. He was a leader in ecumenical outreach and was instrumental in helping to facilitate discussions between members of the Protestant churches and Irish republicans.
I want to extend to his family, and to colleagues in the Redemptorist Order, and to his many friends my sincerest condolences.
Go ndeanfaidh dia trocaire ar a n’anam dílis.