Redemptorists’
book on Fr Alec

The Redemptorist order is expected to publish next year a collection of writings by the late Father Alec Reid whose funeral took place last week at Clonard Belfast.

The Redemptorist order is expected to publish next year a collection of writings by the late Father Alec Reid whose funeral took place last week at Clonard Belfast.

Fr Alec Reid, 82, helped pace the way for the paramilitary ceasefires in 1994, and four years later the Good Friday Agreement.

The Redemptorist also tried to save two soldiers shot dead in West Belfast by the IRA and a press photograph of him praying over a dying savagely beaten soldier was seen throughout the world.

The funeral Mass in Clonard was attended by Redemptorists from all over the country including many of confreres at St Joseph’s in Dundalk.

It was attended by many dignataries including the US Consul General, the Northern Ireland Executive, former President Mary McAleese, the Spanish government, and a senator from the Basque region where Fr Reid had also worked in his role as a peacemaker.

At the funeral Fr Michael Kelleher, Provincial of the Redemptorist order in Ireland, said Father’s Alec’s message was that the dignity of the human person is the supreme moral value.