A great man has fallen

I had just turned 18 when the Good Friday Agreement was signed in 1998. I was on retreat for Holy Week at the time and therefore was forbidden to listen to the radio so as not to break the pattern of the retreat. I had the profound sense that something momentous was happening and figured that…

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Mountains, the bible and divine encounters

The Irish Spirit – Issue No. 9 In the Hebrew Bible, mountains have always been significant places where the Israelites encountered the Presence of God. Because mountaintops were high above the clouds the Jewish people discerned that this is where God could be experienced par excellence. Mountains were the places where the patriarch and the…

Can we talk about lay people please?

Dublin Diocese has announced that priests are taking a 25% pay cut on already low salaries and that it is looking for one third of its 82 lay staff to take redundancies.  Among those asked to consider redundancy are parish pastoral workers (see Page 4).  The bishops’ conference in Maynooth is also cutting back on…

Joy as Irish return to Mass

Priests and parishioners across Ireland have expressed joy at being able to return to Mass after more than 100 days without the sacraments. Many parishes opened early on Monday to welcome back congregations, and other churches will do so this week and next. Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy said: “It’s a time to return with…