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Daniel O’Leary, a priest of the Diocese of Leeds, is an author and teacher.  All Hallows College, Dublin is his Alma Mater: Rathmore, Co Kerry his birthplace. As curate and Parish Priest, he has worked in parishes for almost 30 years. For another 20 he taught theology and religious education in St Mary’s University College in London and became Chair of its Religious Studies Department before being appointed Episcopal Vicar for Christian Formation in Leeds until 2000.

He holds Masters degrees in theology, spirituality and religious education.  Award-winning author of 12 books, he is a regular contributor to the Tablet and the Irish Furrow.  Currently he gives conferences and retreats to parishioners, teachers, catechists, head-teachers, priests and Diocesan RE Advisers around the country and internationally. His current project is about the recovery of what is called the ‘sacramental imagination’ in all our spiritual endeavours – in our inner spiritual work as well as our many pastoral and educational ministries.

This life-enhancing understanding of the fleshing of God springs from a traditional and orthodox (but mostly forgotten) theology of nature and grace which transforms our understanding of the Incarnation. This understanding, in turn, transforms the quality of our lives and ministry. Our ‘hidden self’ emerges and we begin to experience in the here and now, the promised ‘abundant life’.

This theology and spirituality, this new way of being and of seeing, are now the focus of Fr Daniel’s life’s work.  He is, however, still finding it difficult to be the one thing that God wants of each of us – to be a free and authentic human being!

Books and CDs:
Love and Meaning in Religious Education – with Theresa Sallnow. (Oxford University Press. 1984)
Religious Education and Young Adults. Ed. (St Paul’s Publishers. 1987)
Year of the Heart. (Paulist Press, USA. 1989)
Creative Crisis. (Twenty Third Publications/Columba Press. 1990)
Windows of Wonder. (Paulist Press/Columba Press, USA. 1991)
New Hearts for New Models. (Columba Press. 1997)
*Passion for the Possible. (Columba Press. 1998)
Lost Soul? The Catholic Church Today. (Columba Press. 1999)
*Travelling Light. (Columba Press. 2001)
*Prism of Love. (Columba Press. 2003)
*Already Within. (Columba Press. 2007)
*Begin with the Heart. (Columba Press. 2008)
Unmasking God: Revealing God in the Ordinary (Columba Press 2011) THe Happiness Habit (Columba Press 2015)
*Award winning best-sellers available from Columba Press

6 CD titles from Eist Audio Production, Dublin 16:  www.eist.ieREACHING FOR GOD'S LIGHT - the unique boxed set of Daniel O'Leary's CDs available from Redemptorist Publications: The six reflections offer a kind of DYI retreat-at-home.  rpbooks.co.uk