After over a decade as Lay Director of the Cursillo Movement in the Diocese of Worcester, Charley O’Neil is stepping down. During that time hundreds of men and women have had their life enhanced, (if not changed completely), at a Cursillo weekend. Of course it was the Holy Spirit enhancing those lives but the Holy Spirit used the Cursillo movement to do it. Charley tirelessly lead that Cursillo movement.
And there is greatness in his leadership. Leading volunteers, regardless of their passion, can be a challenging thing. Tough decisions become tougher. Holding volunteers to high expectations becomes tougher. Charley met that challenge. He has earned the respect of those he has surrounded himself with.
Anyone who knows Charley O’Neil knows that he loves our Lord Jesus Christ. And Charley believes that the church is, indeed, the Body of Christ. That means it is up to us to continue the work of Christ here on earth. He believes it and he lives it. He has shown it with his involvement in Cursillo and he shows it with every aspect of his life. Charley is an incredible power of example in living the tri-pod of the authentic Christian. He teaches it and he lives it.
Many of us have special memories of Charley. It could be enjoying a conversation while he smoked his pipe at the end of the ramp at Oakhurst – or the way he cleaned the flat top grill. For many it will be his powerful talks. The fact of the matter is he has touched the lives of many. I, for one, am a better man for having Charley O’Neil in my life.
I believe with every ounce of my being that Jesus is saying with the rest of us, “Well done good and faithful servant!”
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