Meet Marcus Daly
Marcus, what was it about John Paul II’s funeral that
inspired you to start your company, Marian Caskets?
All that wealth and splendor of St. Peter’s Square
surrounding his simple wooden casket was such a
powerful statement. The simplicity of his wooden cas-
ket was startlingly honest and moving. It elicited the
wood of the Cross and starkly set off the truth that
“naked you come into this world and naked you go
out of it.” It was death on display, plain and simple,
and it had to be grappled with. So a little while later,
we thought that maybe instead of making wooden
boats, we could make simple wooden caskets —
another form of “vessel,” but for a different journey, a
Describe your caskets.
The top of the coffin is inlaid with a Marian Cross as
a reminder that Mary was at the foot of the Cross of
her Son and that she’s present with us in our sorrows,
too. “Jesus, I trust in You” is carved into the end of the
coffin, and part of the final prayer of theDivine Mercy Chaplet i
s carved into the long side: “Holy God, Holy
Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us.”
I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate than
words of Divine Mercy.Saint Faustina r
prettyexplicit promises from Christ regarding death
and the praying of the chaplet, and so carving into the
casket words of the chaplet and “Jesus, I trust in You”
seems so fitting to me, like a shield against the enemy.
What’s the process for making a casket? And do
you go to bed with the sound of a belt sander
ringing in your ears?
The caskets only require about 30 minutes of belt
sanding each, but it is an especially whiny tool! I’m
nspired by the funeral ofSt. John Paul II
woodworker Marcus Daly went from building wooden
boats to building wooden caskets dedicated toOur Lady
and theDivine Mercy.
Marcus and his wife, Kelly, live on
Vashon Island, Washington, with their seven children.
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