time after Communion is an appropriate time for us to give thanks.
Today it is especially fitting to give thanks to our brother Timothy
Radcliffe as he completes his term as Master of the Order, and to
give thanks to God for the blessing that Fr. Timothy has been for
all of us.
member of the Chapter got together to prepare this word of gratitude.
I am privileged to present it.
you often mentioned how awesome it was that we put our hands in
yours, making our religious profession to you. You also put your
hands into ours as you exercised your role of Master of our Order.
You gave yourself over to us, you encouraged and inspired us, you
gave us a new kind of leadership to make possible a new sense of
being a Dominican in a new moment.
We experienced your smile, your enthusiasm, your vision and even
your pain. You became part of us in allowing us to be part of you.
came into our provinces like a whirlwind. We were listened to in
visitation as never before.
Thank you for visiting each one of us, for listening to us, for
affirming and encouraging us. Thank you for challenging us with
new insights and giving new meaning to the themes of Mission, the
Brotherhood, Democracy and the Dominican Family.
a leader and as a listener you were freeing, approachable and personal.
We were all taken by your welcoming face, your gentle smile and
your gracious words. You are a great listener who modeled for us
the stance of the preacher. Your gift of listening opened us up
to hear what you had to say.
you for your letters which reflect the rich experience of the men
and women, religious and lay with whom you spoke, as well as for
your wisdom and insight. You brought us out of ourselves in so many
ways, and you responded to our questions by raising them to a higher
plain, thereby broadening our perspective and helping us to realize
that we were more than we thought we were.
Your book which is a best seller on the internet will be read by
many, and for many years - a spiritual classic. But your writings
are not the only reality that inspire us. We heard the story of
your visit to our Dominican nuns in Burundi, of how you passed dead
bodies and bombed out cars along the road in order to be with the
sisters and to celebrate the Eucharist with them in the midst of
a raging civil war. We heard of your remark to the brother who cried
out to you in his pain, how you encouraged him by telling him that
you would go to Saint Dominic's cell and pray for him as soon as
you returned to Rome. These stories and those of our experiences
with you are treasures for which we are most grateful.
so, Brother Timothy, we thank you for your nine years of fidelity
as Master of the Order and we thank God for all you have been. Our
prayers continue to be with you, as you take a well deserved sabbatical
and as you discern your course for the future, asking God to enable
you to be and do all that He asks of you.
Norman A. Haddad, O.P., Homilist
standing applause of all in the Chapel was a moving experience for
all of us and it lasted for quite a few minutes. This sign of acknowledgement
and gratitude spoke much more than the simple words we were able
to put together.