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He Did What Was Given Him To Do

Pope John Paul II High School’s first day of school – September 4, 2007 – was a culmination as much as a beginning. The long, circuitous path to the Cape’s first Catholic high school required generous volunteers capable of faith in things unseen and endowed with good humor. At a critical time in 2005, former Barnstable Superintendent Ed Tynan, rich in these qualities, stepped in as the first Education Director and kept the project on track while the Fall River Diocese searched for the school’s first principal. Ed and his wife Muriel are members of the school’s Totus Tuus Society, which recognizes the school’s most faithful friends. 

Ed Tynan died on Saturday. Read here: https://www.ccgfuneralhome.com/obit/edward-j.-tynan 

I met Ed when I arrived from Ohio and liked him instantly. He was funny, faithful, and given to do what was his to do. After turning things over, Ed supported me and the school 100%, and I considered him a friend and ally. Since learning of Ed’s passing, I’ve chuckled more than once re-reading Ed’s messages to me. Rest in peace.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


JPII Loses a Good Friend

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.