William McNamara Today, Age 83

By News Sources | May 11, 2009

This is a photo of the mystic and spiritual writer William McNamara taken by the editors of this website on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, near the beach in Orange County, California.  Diagnosed with a terminal illness, frail and using a cane, he is nevertheless remarkably bright-eyed and full of plans.

10 Responses to “William McNamara Today, Age 83”

  1. Sean Says:
    June 19th, 2009 at 4:56 am

    WILLIAM MACNAMARA. By the Grace of the Almighty I will be visiting the Carmelite monastery in Ireland and without you it would not be possible. Thank you and may the Almighty grant you the highest happiness for eternity!


  2. Teresa Magrath Says:
    June 30th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Beloved Father William McNamara,

    Fr. McNamara is an indelible heartprint of love in my life, and he is (and will always be) my North Star forever. I am sorry to hear about his diagnosis, I know that courage pulses through his veins.

    Our family is fortunate (especially my mother, Kathleen) to be a friend of Father McNamara, and I have benefited greatly from his books and retreats. I have lost touch with Father McNamara for many years. Plese give Father my love. Thank you.

    Love, Teresa Magrath

  3. Dana Nalls Says:
    July 11th, 2009 at 2:28 am

    Fr McNamara, you are ever in my prayers. May God’s grace shine upon you and receive you warmly!

    You have profoundly impacted my life with your writings, and I never even had the pleasure of meeting you.

    Blessings to you,
    Dana Nalls

  4. Michael Adamovich Says:
    December 21st, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Fr. McNamara made a profound impression on my soul, in the early years of my earthly pilgrimage, when I visited Sedona as a college student. Now, almost 30 years later, I have the hindsight to see just how important he was and remains in my spiritual life. I too have lost touch with him and the community and do not expect my visit to Sedona to be “remembered”. However, I now send my greetings and blessings to this wonderful man and hope that 2010 will be a year when I could see him once again.

  5. Eileen McNamara Says:
    January 2nd, 2010 at 12:45 am

    May the angels shower kisses upon you!

  6. Mele Welte Says:
    January 11th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I met Fr Willie at the Carmelite Monastery in 1957 in Erie, PA during a week of public talks there. He became friends with my family and me and I stayed friends with him though the years. He was always a major inspiration to me, to take the road less traveled, and yes, it has made all the difference! I visited him in Sedona and later spent time in Crestone on three occasions. We have lost touch in recent years, but I think of him often and always send him my thoughts of gratitude with much compassion for his health challenges.
    Please extend to him my warmest aloha, Mele Welte (Honolulu)

  7. Antonio G. Davis Says:
    February 15th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    In the mid-1980′s, a priest friend lined me Fr. McNamara’s phenomenal week-long cassette retreat for priests, entitled “Christian Humanism”–it literally saved my life. I carried and played it continually for 5 years (and finally gave it back). Are there any extant copies if this seminal retreat? Also, could you send me any current information about Fr. McNamara (including anything that I could do for him)? From your materials, it sounds like now is a good time to ‘give back,’ for all he (and He) has given us. Thank you. My cell phone is 702-355-4158, and I am presently in Southrn California thru April, if there is anything I can do for him here. Thanks again.

  8. Gary Ryan Says:
    March 31st, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Father William,
    Hello from Truro,Nova Scotia. You graced us with your presence some years ago and I had the pleasure of meeting you along with my brother-in law,Alex Simon. I’ve been continuosly influenced by your clarity and Spirit of contemplation in a world so in need. I pray for your health and for your soul.
    God Keep You,
    Gary Ryan

  9. kathie charboneau Says:
    June 21st, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Dear Father McNamara,
    You spoke in our church in Boca Raton, around 1983-84. It was a very difficult time in my life, but when I heard you speak, it was as if a door opened. I was mesmerized. I purchased your book and have gone back to it time and again. I was hoping to hear you speak again, but left it too long. I am greatly saddened by your illness and am sending to you my thanks and my prayers. May God bless you and all that you have done for us.

  10. wiliam temple Says:
    September 7th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    as an iterant i visited nova nada and was invited to stay but i left. mercy. how is he? sincerely, billy