Fr Stan Dye MAfr

Paul, my husband, and I had encountered Stan around St Beuno’s many times before I had the privilege of having him as a spiritual director. I found in him a genuine and constantly encouraging “presence”. I learned so much from him and I feel very humbled by this. It has been a real privilege to have had the benefit of his wisdom over these past few months as I got to know him even better when he telephoned me weekly following my being extremely ill and in hospital with the covid virus.

I find it difficult to find the right words to express the real sense of loss that I feel at this time and yet that seems somewhat selfish and I can see Stan’s wry smile and hear a gentle admonition as I write this. Yet his was always a look filled with such kindness and a lack of judgment. I picture him especially as he came along the corridor towards the Woodland Chapel at St Beuno’s and remember so well the many occasions that I encountered him there – a gentle very down-to-earth presence for everyone. It is so hard to imagine St Beuno’s and that corridor by the chapel without his physical presence and that will be a sadness when we eventually get back there.

We pray that he may know both a fullness of life and also much joy now. We remember his sisters and all those who will feel his loss in the community at St Beuno’s as well as his brother missionaries. He will certainly be missed by all of us who have had the privilege of knowing him.

Anne and Paul Wawszczyk

Paul and Anne Wawszczyk

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