Ode to Father Doug
He was born in Northern New Brunswick
A shy boy
Going to work in the Mill
But one morning at 17
He woke and knew he was to be a priest.
He meandered to Toronto
And found the Jesuit Seminary
And Jim Webb and Bill Addley
They predeceased him.
He ministered to prisoners in Kingston Pen
Jim admired him
Doug nursed Jim as he was dying
And when Doug died they were not there for him.
He ran the Jesuit farm in Guelph
For convicts and homeless men
Spent time in Manitoulin
That lonely place of beauty and suicides.
Where sometimes in the middle of the night
Someone would phone and ask
“What time is Mass tomorrow?”
I’m told he was at L’Arche
Ministering again out of the main stream.
And then he came to Lourdes,
Where he was loved.
I don’t know if he knew it,
Knew it in his psyche,
he bled from the injustice in the world
And the cognitive dissonance in the Church
Burdened by it
Flailed against it
He didn’t like it when the trees behind the rectory
Were cut down.
To make way for a restraining wall.
Trees that he had planted.
He gave a blistering homily that day
With allusions that were inspired
As were all his homilies.
As were all his homilies.
Leonard Cohen was his hero.
He quoted him:
“There is a crack in everything
It’s how the light gets in.”
The end began last winter
When he broke his ankle
Feeding the birds, behind the rectory.
He did not heal.
Father Doug was my hero.
He let the light get in.
allision manitowabiPosted at 01:27h, 27 August
R.I.P. Father Doug, I remember you always. Love lil’Allision.
Paul BakerPosted at 06:01h, 27 August
A loving, heartfelt tribute to Fr. Doug. So true!
Margaret ManitowabiPosted at 06:34h, 27 August
Father Doug’s homilies always hit to the core of love which was put in our Centre we look to material things to make us happy but it’s in us where God placed it. Love Zaagidwin
John MontaguePosted at 07:58h, 27 August
Father Doug McCarthy was an example of what a priest is called to be. Humble, honest, caring, and kind. I will miss his presence and homilies at Lourdes. When I woke up today I found myself not praying for him, but praying to him. What a gift he left us.
Peter BissonPosted at 08:35h, 27 August
Thank you Ada. Well said: He honoured the cracks and helped let in the Light.
Bob DoranPosted at 09:14h, 27 August
Shortly before I left Toronto a couple of weeks ago, I had arranged with Doug that he would see a friend of a friend for pastoral help. He gladly agreed. Many will miss him.
Steve GoldringPosted at 09:47h, 27 August
Ignatius Farm Community founder, circa 1976 – bringing together Bob Donaldson, Shirley Rayner, and a host of other souls over the years. Unforgettable power from the pulpit, when the pulpit was the living room couch. Had lunch with him on August 9, hadn’t seen him in many years. What a presence. What kindness, and fire still.
Sharon WaltersPosted at 10:08h, 27 August
Father Doug was truly an inspiration. He taught us how to love.
Elizabeth and Jim BryantPosted at 10:16h, 27 August
One of the heroic generation of the 1900’s. Father Doug was a steadfast and intrepid disciple of Christ. A generous heart, so self-giving and full of humility, it was breathless to witness. An honour to have walked the way of the cross with this soul and to learn from his example. Miigwetch Father Doug and bless you.
Ada MacDonaldPosted at 12:26h, 27 August
ALLISON AND MARGARET,
The Lourdes Afro Caribbean Choir is coming to Holy Cross on Sept 13-15. P
lease come and see us.
Janet SomervillePosted at 23:10h, 27 August
You understood Father Doug McCarthy, soul to soul.
I loved him too, and like you, greatly appreciated his short, utterly honest and utterly Gospel homilies.
Thank you for your ode!
Janet, your next-door neighbour
Bill Vogel, S.J.Posted at 11:51h, 28 August
Doug did not have to preach from the pulpit to have an effect on me.
His very presence was a style that lived in me from our days in philosophy
studies in Spokane, WA. What a practical, generous soul now with old friends
Billy Addley and Jimmy Webb. RIP, Doug! Remember: Satan’s delight in the
middle of the night! So tasty. So memorable. You will be missed, but never
forgotten. Love you to the moon and back!
Karen ArthursPosted at 08:50h, 29 August
I did not know him, but a beautiful tribute!
Ana Maria RodriguezPosted at 21:29h, 29 August
Ana he said to me the best business in life is to give fruits from the love of God!!!! These words in my daily actions for ever!!!
Rest In Peace Father
Pearson AlcantaraPosted at 23:04h, 31 August
Thank you for being a good teacher and a good listener, and for being the best Spiritual Director young people could ever have. You have inspired me and more people not just to do good, but to do better. See you next time!
Susan TomensonPosted at 23:00h, 04 September
Doug- such a good friend. I am so grateful for your friendship here on earth and now in Paradise.
With love forever, Susan