Finding God in the Ordinary – A View from Knock, Ireland
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Finding God in the Ordinary – A View from Knock, Ireland

Mission in ministry 2022, “practicing the spirituality of the everyday or the ordinary” at the Knock Shrine I have been here at the National Marian Shrine at Knock for some time now and I have encountered many people from many countries from around the world. The Shrine at Knock attracts many people for many and…

Ireland: Magazine
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Ireland: Magazine

St.Joseph’s Advocate Ireland. Winter 2020

The Irish Blessing
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The Irish Blessing

In Gaelic the title sounds Rop tú mo baile (Be Thou my vision). Known as The Irish Blessing, this hymn was performed by a virtual choir from over 300 churches across Ireland, complete with tin whistle and bagpipes. The prayer was written by Saint Dallán Forgaill in the sixth century. So very Irish, but the…

Mission in Ministry – A Reflection on ‘the Sacrament of Healing’
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Mission in Ministry – A Reflection on ‘the Sacrament of Healing’

Mission in Ministry 2020: “as the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Healing at Knock Shrine.” The national Marian Shrine at Knock is where the apparition of Our Lady took place in 1879. Our Lady appeared with Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist. It is the only major apparition where our Lady did not speak or…

Mission in Ministry at Knock Shrine, Ireland: ‘That They May have Life in Abundance’
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Mission in Ministry at Knock Shrine, Ireland: ‘That They May have Life in Abundance’

Mission in ministry at Knock Shrine is based very much on being available and accessible to people who are attempting to taste the possibilities of life in abundance. Pilgrims come to the National Shrine at Knock from all over the world. Ireland at this time of its history represents the world in a way that…

St Joseph’s Advocate Ireland – Autumn 2020
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St Joseph’s Advocate Ireland – Autumn 2020

Autumn 2020

Ireland: Vocations Crisis Prompts Reflection on Future of Ministry
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Ireland: Vocations Crisis Prompts Reflection on Future of Ministry

In Fr Byrne’s opinion, this is a temporary fix “pressing a pause button to keep the system functioning” and instead what is needed is a debate on the wider issues such as “how can we supply ministry when it is no longer possible to provide clergy”. “We need a radical reappraisal in Ireland – an…

Twinning: Growth of Partnerships between Parishes in Ireland and Africa
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Twinning: Growth of Partnerships between Parishes in Ireland and Africa

Twinning relationships or partnerships between parishes in Ireland and in African countries are a growing form of modern missionary endeavour at a time when the number of Irish missionaries serving in Africa and the global south is declining. One such partnership is that between Ballineaspaig Parish (often called Dennehy’s Cross Parish) in Cork City and…

Meet an Irish Missionary in Sindh, Pakistan
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Meet an Irish Missionary in Sindh, Pakistan

The hour-long call will include prayer, a short introduction and a question and answer session. The Columbans hope this will be a real encounter, not just an event to watch, so numbers will be limited. Fr Liam was born in Ireland and now lives in Hyderabad, located in the Sindh province of Pakistan. He is…

Ireland: The Covid-19 Story from the Mill Hill Missionaries at St Joseph’s, Dublin (Part 2)
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Ireland: The Covid-19 Story from the Mill Hill Missionaries at St Joseph’s, Dublin (Part 2)

We had a number of members in isolation. Each phoned the doctor and explained their symptoms and we took the temperatures and let the doctor know if there were any of concern.  Each one in isolation required meals so three times a day trays of food were prepared and brought round to the rooms of…

Ireland: The Covid-19 Story from the Mill Hill Missionaries at St Joseph’s, Dublin (Part 1)
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Ireland: The Covid-19 Story from the Mill Hill Missionaries at St Joseph’s, Dublin (Part 1)

In the late afternoon of the 26th March we found out from the hospital that one of our members who had been admitted a few days previously was Covid 19 positive.  Already some members had been in isolation in their rooms from the 16th of March.  Writing tonight, some 13 members were in isolation at…

Archbishop Neary of Tuam, Ireland: Central Question amid current Coronacrisis is: Do You Believe?
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Archbishop Neary of Tuam, Ireland: Central Question amid current Coronacrisis is: Do You Believe?

For the Church in Ireland this has come at a time of weakness unparalleled in its recent history. And yet the challenge was met. Parishes organised Masses on webcam and radio. Many priests and bishops took to ministry via online and digital media with flair and creativity. A tired Church, wearied by relentless change, found…