Marist and Bishop, Robin Leamy, today launched his autobiography, Truly Blessed – My Story.
The book speaks of the struggles, but more commonly the joys of Bishop Bob’s priestly life, sharing personal stories and experiences.
The auto-biography covers his formative years in Wellington, his many years of ministry as priest and bishop in Christchurch and the South Pacific, and his time serving in Auckland and as a member of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.
Bishop Leamy, who served as Bishop of Rarotonga for 14 years, retired from that role in 1997 and from his New Zealand responsibilities in 2009. He continues to assist Auckland Bishop Patrick Dunn in a range of episcopal duties.
Bishop Leamy wrote in Truly Blessed – My Story that, following that 2009 milestone, “it seemed an appropriate time to stop and offer a brief account of my life, especially as a priest and bishop in the Pacific, and reflect on the many blessings I have received from God”.
The book explains how the Catholic Church in the South Pacific has grown in recent decades.
Sr Patricia Leamy, SMSM, the Bishop’s sister, writes in the foreword that he played a role in that development.
“During his 50 years of priestly ministry, Bob has not only been a witness to this but has also been instrumental in the growth of the Catholic Church in Oceania,” Sr Patricia wrote.