Friday, December 24, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
This great and fascinating mystery of the God-with-us, indeed, of the God who becomes one of us, is what we shall celebrate in the coming weeks journeying towards holy Christmas."
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
A large crowd turned out for Mass last night in St Joseph's Parish Centre in Glasthule to mark the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Fr Denis Kennedy, CSSp, celebrated the Mass with Fr Billy Farrell and Fr Brian O'Sullivan. He reminded the congregation about the humility of Mary, Mother of God and that this ought to be a model for us all.
Here are some photos from the event...
Brother Joseph Mukasa with Lisa Murphy, Presentation Associate
Trish Madden at St Joseph's Parish Centre
Our great helpers take a break - Ann, Hilliary and Anne.
Liam (left) and Peter enjoying a cup of tea afterwards
Some of the crowd in the Pastoral Centre after Mass
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
I was home in Cork last Friday night for a reception to honour former Lord Mayor of Cork, Mr Toddy O'Sullivan.
It was a great Cork occasion as family, friends and colleagues of Toddy gathered with the Brothers at Mount St Joseph.
Br Andrew Hickey, my predecessor as Vocations Director, entertains the gathering.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
With David in Hyde Park
Spot the Irish...with Andrew in Hyde Park
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed in the main marquee
Monday, August 9, 2010
I'm in Reading at the moment and will be back in Ireland at the end of the week for the Youth 2000 Youth Festival at Clonmacnois. While I've been here I've noticed that the parishes and the people are making preparations for the visit of our Holy Father in September.
The official website for the visit has plenty of material including the official programme for the Pope's tour which begins in Scotland on September 16th. The Pope will spend Friday 17th and Saturday 18th September in London and will bring the visit to a climax on Sunday 19th September in Birmingham.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Taking tips from the Dominicans! With Fr John Harris (left) and Fr Brian McEvitt (right).
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
As a vocations director, it's important for me to keep up to speed on any new research which helps me to understand the culture and society better. Recently, The Iona Institute for Religion and Society organised a public talk called "Why religion will make a comeback" here in Dublin. The speaker was Dr Eric Kaufmann, lecturer in politics and sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Popular wisdom proposes that the West will become more secular and liberal in the years ahead and that religion will be driven to extinction. However, his findings show that religion is far more robust than many secular thinkers ever predicted. The fact that religious believers have higher birth rates indicate that they will have a strong influence on the composition of Western populations in the decades ahead.
Dr Kaufmann is the author of the book, "Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?"
I bought a copy on the night. That was the easy part. Trying to find the time to read it is proving more difficult!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I'm in England at the moment after spending a super weekend at the first ever national vocation discernment festival at Oscott College in Birmingham, Invocation 2010. As many as 400 people attended.
It was a very busy weekend with talks, workshops, presentations and, above all, prayer. I participated in the Questions and Answers workshop.
If you have ever thought of a religious vocation feel free to give me a shout at email@example.com
Friday, July 2, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Several hundred young people from all over Ireland gathered for the festival which started on Friday evening with a presentation by our communications director, Andrew O'Connell.
A highlight for me was the chance to listen to and meet Sr Helen Prejan (left). You might remember her from the movie "Dead Man Walking".
It really was a great sign of hope for the future of the Church in Ireland.
All in all it was an amazing few days.
1. With friends from the Legion of Mary.
2. With Sr Eileen Linehan and Sr Maureen Condon of Vocations Ireland.
3. With some friends from Cork.