Category: Feature

Married priests, but who will be the bride?

Some priests might find the prospect of getting married attractive, but what about their would-be spouses asks Ruadhán Jones In 2018, when the World Meeting of Families came to Ireland, it gave me a chance to reconnect with a priest-friend from Romania. He holds the unique spot in my life as the only married priest…

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Church leadership has to change to be seen

An ailing Church needs to be bold if it’s to return to leadership, hears Jason Osborne The Church in Ireland has been ailing for some time, and the results of the 2021 LIFT index ought to provide the Faithful with food for thought. LIFT Ireland – an initiative to develop the level of leadership nationwide…

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Come and See

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. If you have access to a streamed Mass this Sunday, you will notice that we have returned to the green vestments of Ordinary Time. Green is the colour of growth and we can call it the default colour of the year when our journey is inspired by…

Trinity College library’s millennium-old treasures

An online exhibition highlighting the histories of the unique and rare collections of the library of Trinity College Dublin is available online and represents 3,000 years of “creativity, memory and knowledge”. The Library of Trinity College Dublin dates back to the establishment of the college in 1592 and is the largest library in Ireland. Its…

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Baptism: Beginning of Ministry

Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap The baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan marks the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus. He came out of the years of hidden life. There was no need for Jesus, being without sin, to participate in the ceremonial washing that John the Baptist offered people. But by submitting…

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Bringing schoolchildren on ‘A Pilgrim Path’

Dispelling myths and prejudices, Chai Brady hears about young people and their relationship with God Schoolchildren have a “great hunger” to discuss and engage in discussions about God and they must be given this opportunity, according to a retreat facilitator that has worked with multiple schools. Anita Phelan, who has a degree in applied psychology,…

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