Shawn and Carolyn O’Callaghan first visited Pope John Paul II High School during our inaugural year, 2007-2008, seeking to help students afford a Catholic education. From 2008 and every year since, the O’Callaghan’s have given faithfully for student scholarships.
Shawn O’Callaghan died last week, on February 4, 2020. Read about Shawn’s life here.
More than simply donors, Shawn and Carolyn enjoyed meeting the students they were supporting, checking on their progress, and providing kind encouragement. I would see Shawn and Carolyn at school concerts, plays, and events. Shawn was gentle, kind, and funny; he liked JPII, liked young people, and wanted to be of service.
Yesterday’s Gospel reading calls disciples to be ‘salt of the earth.’ That Shawn O’Callaghan was. Salt of the earth. May he rest in peace.
Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.1