Rev D Chris Monaghan CP, Principal of Yarra Theological Union wrote:
When I came to YTU yesterday morning I was informed that our dear friend and mentor Rev Associate Professor Cormac Nagle OFM died suddenly. He was an extraordinary man and we are so deeply indebted to his vision, energy, love, and faith. Pax et Bonum was not just a Franciscan motto for him, it was reality deeply and richly lived.
Rev Dr Matthew Beckmann OFM wrote:
This morning, while making his breakfast, Cormac Nagle died. Cormac was among the last of that first generation of teachers who brought YTU into being. Having recently returned from Rome and experienced first hand the events of Vatican II, he was ever after touched by its spirit and saw the importance of creating a place such as YTU. As Minister of the Australian Franciscan Province, he provided the land and assistance that became Dorish Maru College and the OCD priory later the Heart of Life. With his own hands he installed YTU’s first phone system and, to the end, he was supervising research students, writing and contributing to Staff Seminars.
His canonical and moral studies gave him a firm and solid insight into how we ought to act, but he tempered that with a Franciscan compassion and sensitivity that always respected the situation of each individual. Like Francis, he believed he was ‘called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.’ May Cormac, so long part of our story, also now find healing, union and his way home to his loving God.
His funeral will be on Monday 10 May at 10:30am at St Paschal’s chapel.
Yarra Theological Union is an inclusive and welcoming community, Catholic by tradition and ecumenical in spirit. We are committed to being a community of scholarship, prayer and pastoral care. We offer theological education and ministerial formation, open to those who seek educational and personal transformation in changing contexts. Our mission is to equip people for various ministries in the churches: parishes, schools, hospitals, church agencies and in the world at large.