Noted Irish theologian Gerard Mannion (48) was laid to rest in Fourmilehouse on Tuesday afternoon following his recent sudden death in Washington DC, where he had been a resident.
Mr. Mannion, whose father, the late Michael Mannion, hailed from Fourmilehouse, is believed to have collapsed while jogging in the Washington area on September 21st.
Mr. Mannion had a global reputation as an eminent ecumenist and moral ethicist. At the time of his death he was the president of the international network of societies for Catholic Theology and was also a senior research fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Centre.
Among those posting tributes on social media following his death were academics from the US, Ireland, Britain, The Philippines, and Nigeria.
Richard Gaillardetz, a theologian at Boston College and former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, described Mr. Mannion as “an indefatigable theological entrepreneur, a fine scholar, and a wonderful colleague and conversation partner”.
Mr. Mannion, who was laid to rest in Ballinderry Cemetery on Tuesday following Mass in St. Brigid’s Church, is survived by his sisters Maria and Julie, brother-in-law Derek, nieces and nephews and extended family in the UK, Ireland, US and Australia.