Eulogy in Limerick, Ireland for Father Patrick McGrath
Greetings from Cynthia Brian in California.
We mourn the death of a great man, Father Patrick McGrath who died on Sunday, July 12, 2009. Father McGrath was a life-long friend of my family and a mentor to me personally. The Reverend McGrath believed in the dignity of the human person and worked diligently throughout his life to care, share, and be fair. He was a fierce proponent for the rights of women and children and constantly spoke about the importance of family. When he was a newly ordained priest of only twenty-four years of age, he was sent to California and there made history with his devotion to helping teenagers excel. An extremely well read and well-educated man, improving literacy and eradicating violence were important issues to him.
In his California glory days, he was considered a trailblazer, a pioneer on the planet who brought new ideas and new actions to our parishes. He instigated the first youth soccer team, organized the first youth folk mass, was responsible for the first woman speaking from the altar, and created the most popular and active youth group in all of Northern California. It was my privilege to be called his “sidekick”.
He was a devotee of the literacy charity, Be the Star You Are!® and in my first book, Be the Star You Are!® 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference, Father Pat was honored and exalted in the chapter, The Gift of Celebration. In the new book, Be the Star You Are!® for TEENS, he penned the chapter, The Gift of Sports. Engaging and kind, Father Pat not only listened, he heard. He touched the lives of thousands of individuals and will be dearly missed. His legacy remains in the hearts of all who knew him and in the books where he is fondly remembered.
After forty-four years of serving others, he is now our special angel.
To honor this great friend and mentor who helped so many lead better lives, we have created a memorial fund in his name.
To me, the words “celebration” and “Father McGrath” are synonymous. As he often said, “Today is the only day we have.” Here’s wishing you a Father McGrath day. Celebrate now! And remember a great man dedicated to human dignity and the sacredness of family, Father Patrick McGrath.
On behalf of all the people in California who loved you, Father Pat McGrath, God Bless and farewell. Until we meet again in heaven, WE REMEMBER YOU!
The memorial fund for Father Patrick McGrath can be reached at
For more information, contact Cynthia Brian
PO Box 422
Moraga, Ca. 94556
Causes Cynthia Brian Supports
Be the Star You Are! 501 c3 charity empowering women, families, and youth through improved literacy, positive media, and life skills.