Rest and be Thankful

Autobiography of a Belfast Missionary

Daniel Cummings

In 1922 Belfast-born Dan Cummings left home three days after his 15th birthday to begin a Juniorate at a Redemptorist College in Limerick. He was not to live at home again. Years later he was persuaded by his then ten year old niece to ‘write his life story’. This is his personal account of a fascinating life, from a young lad in troubled Belfast, to missionary in the Philippines. Later, in wartime Europe, he served as an army chaplain, was involved in the D-Day landings and there to see Belsen concentration camp liberated. On his return to Ireland his work included Professor of Scripture in Galway, Superior in Limerick and Prefect of the Church in Dundalk. As Director of the Belfast Clonard Confraternity and Missions for non-Catholics, his innovative ecumenical work sparked intense interest from his adversary – a young Ian Paisley. ‘Rest and Be Thankful’ is meticulously observed and recorded with forthright honesty. He finished writing in 1970 and died seven years later. At his request, the manuscript remained unpublished until now, having been entrusted to the same niece who had persuaded him to put pen to paper decades earlier.

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The fascinating life of Fr Daniel Cummings C.Ss.R., from a lad in troubled Belfast, to missionary in the Philippines, service as a Chaplain during the WWII D-Day landings and there to see Belsen concentration camp liberated. Many roles in Ireland and Britain followed, one of which sees him going head to head with a young Ian Paisley.


Format: Paperback / Softback

ISBN / EAN: 9781780730745

Published On: 27 July, 2015

Page Count: 368

Publisher: Colourpoint Books

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