Franciscans on the move in Derry

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal setting up a new friary in Galliagh

Religious from all over the Derry diocese gathered in St Joseph’s Church, Galliagh, in the city, to celebrate the Day for Consecrated Life, when a special local welcome was also extended to the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal who are setting up a new friary there, in The Three Patron’s Parish.

The retired Bishop of Derry, Seamus Hegarty, who first invited the Franciscan Friars into the diocese four-and-a-half years ago, when they came to the Long Tower, joined in the celebration of the Mass, which was attended by a large number of priests.

In working closely with the priests of the parish “to help bring the Gospel message to those most disenfranchised from the Church”, the Community’s superior, Fr Columba said that they were particularly looking forward to working with the youth in the area.

While sad to leave the Long Tower Parish, Fr Columba said that the four friars were excited about the move to Galliagh, where “there is a fantastic community, with some people doing great work”.

Three Patrons’ parish priest, Fr Michael McCaughey expressed a hope that the Franciscans’ ministry would help to “rekindle a love for Christ in the Church through the Sacraments”.