Mission in Ministry 2021: Between the Virtual and the Physical
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Mission in Ministry 2021: Between the Virtual and the Physical

 “A bifurcated ministry, between virtual and physical” Knock Shrine-Ireland At this time of our unfolding human history we are experiencing a bifurcated reality. We live within the constraints of a worldwide pandemic. Our lives are influenced to varying degrees by social distancing, sanitizing and isolation. We are situated between a virtual and a physical realm….

New Book by Fr. Christopher Fox MHM: The Miracle of the Universe
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New Book by Fr. Christopher Fox MHM: The Miracle of the Universe

This third book by Fr. Christopher Fox is a collection of personal reflections seen through his own very clear lens that colours his world view and coloured with a number of anecdotes and jokes. He continues to tell his stories with that light touch of a good story teller that displayed itself in his previous…

Towards a Theology of Safeguarding:Reflection on Presentation Dr Ethna Regan
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Towards a Theology of Safeguarding:Reflection on Presentation Dr Ethna Regan

Mission in Ministry 2021: (Reflection on the presentation given by Dr Ethna Regan Holy Faith Sister Ph.D., M.A March 2021) Towards a Theology of Safeguarding: How a Theology of Safeguarding can encompass human rights including children’s rights? The NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding Children Catholic Church Ireland) is currently focusing on exploring a Theology of…

Ireland: St Patrick’s Day
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Ireland: St Patrick’s Day

Down the centuries many customs, myths and paraphernalia have grown up around Saint Patrick and the celebration of his feast day at home and abroad. But perhaps, paradoxically, the restrictions this year are opening up an opportunity for us to focus a little more on Saint Patrick himself, and even rescue the real Saint Patrick…

Ireland: Pope Gives Special Status to Knock Shrine
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Ireland: Pope Gives Special Status to Knock Shrine

Pope Francis will formally designate Knock as an International Marian and Eucharistic Shrine on the Feast of Saint Joseph, Friday 19 March, in a homily which will be transmitted via video link at the Mass in the Shrine Chapel. Welcoming the news, Archbishop Michael Neary said: “This is a hugely significant milestone in the history…

Mission in Ministry 2021: “Towards a Theology of Healing”
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Mission in Ministry 2021: “Towards a Theology of Healing”

 Healing in a wounded church; how can the Catholic Church with integrity minister healing to those who it has abused?” (Reflection on the presentation given by Sr Nuala Patricia Kenny OC, MD, FRCP February 2021) The NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding Children Catholic Church Ireland) is currently focusing through a series of short videos commissioned…

Irish Advocate: Spring 2021
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Irish Advocate: Spring 2021

Ireland: A Theology of Safeguarding
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Ireland: A Theology of Safeguarding

Every month, for the next nine months, theNational Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland will place a short video on an aspect of a Theology of Safeguarding on its website.  In month ten, October, the Board will host its National Conference, titled Towards  a Theology of Safeguarding at which the questions posed by…

Model Preventive Covid Measures in Place at St. Joseph’s House, Dartry
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Model Preventive Covid Measures in Place at St. Joseph’s House, Dartry

AMRI or “The Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious in Ireland” (the successor of the Irish Missionary Union and Conference of Religious in Ireland when these two amalgamated) had set up a Covid-19 ‘helpline’ in the second part of 2020.  It was a result of congregations and Societies making enquiries on what to do…

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…