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…

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…

Ireland: New Director for World Missions Ireland
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Ireland: New Director for World Missions Ireland

We are thrilled to introduce you to Fr Michael O’Sullivan M.Afr., the new Director of World Missions Ireland! Fr Michael, a fluent French and Arabic speaker, was selected for the role after returning to Ireland following more than twenty-five years of missionary service in the Middle East. Michael is a member of the White Fathers of Africa and originally…

Ireland: Church Bells to Ring on St Patrick’s Day
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Ireland: Church Bells to Ring on St Patrick’s Day

“At this time, due to the Coronavirus, Mass is being celebrated but without the congregation being physically present so the ringing of Church bells is a call to prayer – wherever you are – and a reminder of the faith that has sustained the people of our island throughout the centuries,” Bishop Phonsie said. “The…