Category: Feature

Cause for ‘Nigeria’s St Patrick’ carries on

Irishman Bishop Joseph Shanahan’s impact in Nigeria continues 100 years on, Sr Chinyeaka Ezeani MSHR tells Ruadhán Jones Bishop Joseph Shanahan is not a household name in Ireland. But in parts of Nigeria, it’s hard to move without seeing his name: schools, colleges, hospitals and halls all bare the name of “Nigeria’s St Patrick”, Sr…

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Five years of Holy Family Mission

The unique Waterford-based mission has proven itself both a home and spiritual school over the past five years, writes Jason Osborne Holy Family Mission (HFM) began in 2016 when 10 young people between the ages of 18-30 signed up for a year of faith formation. Since then, they’ve welcomed 56 young missionaries through their doors,…

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The good news of Theology of the Body

Our world is mired in sexual confusion, which St John Paul II anticipated and provided a remedy for in his Theology of the Body, writes Jason Osborne Recent weeks saw the announcement of the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics, a development which resulted in an outpouring of anger, outrage, confusion and criticism…

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Sharing in Christ’s mission

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. When Jesus sent out the apostles to extend his mission, he said more about their lifestyle than what they might say (Mark 7: 7-13). As St Francis put it, preach at all times, sometimes using words. We are so bombarded today by advertising pressure, slogans and biased…

Touching in a time of no touch

We are a people of the incarnation and reaching out to tangible things is important to us, writes Canon Benedict Fee Three statues; two big, one small; one is in Rome, two in Ireland; one north of the border, one south of the border. The first is found on the right-hand side of St Peter’s…

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Dealing with begrudgers

The Sunday Gospel Fr Silvester O’Flynn OFM Cap. Local begrudgery is a problem that is not confined to Ireland. Today’s three readings tell how Ezekiel, St Paul and Jesus had to face it. So, if you feel that you are being under appreciated, that you are being undervalued, then you are in very good company.…