Category: Feature

Pilgrimage yesterday and today

Pilgrimage and Spiritual Tourism in Ireland: this was the title of a seminar hosted some weeks back by Waterford Institute of Technology.  The title is an intriguing one. Some will balk at the very idea of ‘spiritual tourism’!  Some will apply the ‘New Age’ label and consign the concept to an appropriate receptacle.  Some will…

Voices of youth

A major gathering in the Vatican has attempted to allow the Church to hear the concerns of today’s young people, writes Greg Daly    “Finally, the Church in Rome has decided to give us a platform; they decided to give us a listening ear,” thought Nigeria’s Vincent Paul Nneji when he was invited to take…

To bee or not to bee in an Irish monastery

Monk takes the sting out of beekeeping discovers Chai Brady 
and Colm Fitzpatrick   With swarms of bees zooming in all directions, seemingly in a state of agitation, the volume of the relentless buzzing oscillates whenever one of the furry insects passes close to an ear – which can be rather shocking. Glenstal Monastery is…

Religious tradition in arrivals to the Faith

Legacy of charity is attracting adults to Church, writes Chai Brady   The prevalence of religion in everyday life in Ireland is often a revelation for many immigrants, but particularly those coming from governments who put strict limits on religious freedom. For the 31 catechumens entering the final stage of preparation for Baptism in St…