Bro. Robert Maher, a Capuchin who served for years in the missions of Guam and Hawaii, died yesterday after falling and suffering a severe brain hemorrhage. He was 66 years old.
His funeral is on Saturday at our province's motherhouse in Yonkers, N.Y. Here comes another day trip, another day of brotherhood intensified by a rite of passage observed with intimacy and solemnity.
From our province, Brother Bob is the third friar to die this month, the fourth in two months, the sixth this year, the seventh in the last twelve months.
The older friars tell me this has happened before, where the deaths of brothers occur in clusters. Talk about doing everything in fraternity and never only on our own: our brothers do everything, even dying, together.