Sean Patrick O'Reilly (1959-2009)
Born in Rockaway Beach, New York, USA, O'Reilly graduated from Fordham University with a bachelor of science in psychology. Thereafter, he completed two master degrees—a master of divinity (Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, California, USA) and a master in psychology (Seattle University, Washington, USA)—and was ordained in Hawaii, USA. O'Reilly wore many hats: Air Force and hospital chaplain, international tour director, psychotherapist, Celtic and interfaith minister, spiritual director, public speaker, poet, and budding author.
In more recent years, O'Reilly became renowned for his work as a celebrant of all occasions for life's transitions—the welcoming of children, weddings, commitments, anniversaries, birthdays and rituals of aging, funerals, and memorials. He customized every ceremony by writing and designing it for the personalities involved. He delivered those ceremonies with light-hearted enthusiasm and heart-felt spirit. In April 2009, O'Reilly’s Celtic spirit danced in his workshop during the Spiritual Directors International educational events in Houston, Texas, USA.
Tributes from the Community
O Thou, the Cause and effect of the whole universe, the Source from whence we have come, and the Goal toward which all are bound, receive this soul who is coming to Thee into Thy parental arms. May Thy forgiving glance heal his heart, lift him from the denseness of earth, surround him with the Light of Thine own Spirit and Raise him up to heaven which is his true dwelling place. We pray Thee grant him the Blessing of Thy most exalted Presence. May his life upon earth become as a dream to his waking soul and let his thirsting eyes behold the glorious vision of Thy Sunshine. Amen. (Hazrat Inyat Khan.)