Category: Feature

Renewing the Faith in Lourdes

More than 100 pilgrims from a Carlow parish packed their sunscreen and shorts this month as they made their way to France to celebrate camaraderie and Faith. Parishioners of Graiguecullen and Killeshin took part in the 43rd annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, and with the help of parish fundraisers, 30 people with disabilities were also able…

Get ready for Knock pilgrim Walk

Pilgrims across Ireland will soon be donning their hiking books as they prepare for a 10-day walk to Knock Shrine this month, to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the famous Apparition. Pilgrims will set out from St Mary of the Rosary Church, Nenagh, on August 11, marking the beginning of the 180km walk. The first…

Knock Shrine builds for a bigger future

KNOCK NOVENA Chai Brady hears about Knock Shrine’s plans and their 140th anniversary   Cogs are in motion as excitement builds for the 140th anniversary of the Apparition at Ireland’s national Marian shrine in Co. Mayo, with the parish priest of Knock saying it has “come an awful long way” in recent years. Extensive refurbishment…

Trappist thoughts on technological trappings

Quentin Broughall reflects on Thomas Merton’s relationship with technology and the internet   Always a thoughtful and perceptive observer, the American monk and mystic Thomas Merton (1915-1968) was keenly aware that humans’ relationship with technology represented something that could draw them closer to God or push them farther away: “When it comes to those taking…

Young and old inspired in Lourdes

Limerick’s Bishop Brendan Leahy said the union of young and old in peace, reflection and prayer on the annual diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes was a spiritually enrichening and special experience for all involved. Over 500 pilgrims, including 120 young people from the diocesan youth programme, travelled to Lourdes from Limerick last month. For many of…

Pioneering a shared Eucharist

The vision of modern Irish saints needs to be told, Martin O’Brien learns   By any standards, Dr Gladys Ganiel, a distinguished Queen’s University Belfast academic, formerly of the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, must be among the most remarkable Americans ever to have made their home in Ireland. One of the foremost…