Fr Larry McDonnell SDB (1935 – 2018)

by By Ackel Zwane (Swazi Observer)

Celebrated Catholic priest Father Lawrence ‘Larry’ McDonnell passed away in the twilight hours of Christmas Day while admitted to Mkhiwa Clinic in Manzini.

Father Mbongiseni Shabangu, Salesians Rector, said the clergyman, who died at or about 4:30, would be laid to rest at the Saint Joseph’s Mission cemetery on Saturday, preceded by mass at the Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Manzini at 10am. In his missionary work in Eswatini, he was fondly known as Inyoni throughout his 48 years as a dedicated humanitarian and missionary, especially for thousands of children in the kingdom. He will also be recalled as steadfast campaigner against apartheid assisting to give sanctuary to many teachers and boys from the draconian racist system of rule in nearby South Africa.

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