Category: Feature

From Flanders to the Reek

Among the pilgrims on Croagh Patrick last month was a Belgian who’d walked three months to get there, writes Greg Daly   Santiago de Compostela is a fashionable destination for Irish pilgrims year-in-year-out nowadays, with a record 7,548 Irish pilgrims collecting their ‘Compostela’ from the cathedral offices last year. In the Camino’s medieval heyday, however,…

Living vocations in violent times

Irish clergy in the Philippines served God’s people despite all manner of brutal threats, writes Jean Harrington   It was April 1973 and the island of Mindanao in the south of the Philippines was descending into a war between the Muslim population and their Christian neighbours. No one was safe, not even the priests who…

Will Little Nellie of Holy God be made a saint?

Little Nellie – Special Feature Despite an extensive investigation carried out by canon lawyers, clergy and lay people, Bishop-Emeritus of Cork and Ross John Buckley was not convinced that the evidence collated on Little Nellie warranted sending to Rome. He acknowledged that there was a huge interest in Little Nellie among the faithful in his…

A passage from India

A trip to Limerick has proved inspirational, writes Bagdora’s Bishop Vincent Aind   Ireland and India may have only two things in common in the past: British Rule and the Education System. For the rest Ireland is quite different, or so it appeared to us a group of visitors from one little corner of India…

Land of saints and scholars

Irelands early saints are an inextricable part of our national identity, Greg Daly is told   Something said briefly, as Nietzsche once pointed out, can be the fruit of much long thought, and Fr John J. Ó Ríordáin’s Early Irish Saints is eloquent testimony to this. A slim book, drawing together 15 pen pictures of…

Hearing and heeding God’s call

Vocation is about becoming who God wants us to be, writes Sr Mary David Totah   You must ask: what does God want from me? It’s not just about ourselves. Vocation can’t leave him out. Many of us have been surprised by our call. And yet we knew that our calling was much bigger than…