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Building a Movement

The Time Has Come. – At the time of writing this article, it is the feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Myself and Anthony Murphy have completed our inaugural ‘tour’ of Ireland with a conference in Sligo on Friday 16th June. We have been to Donegal, Belfast, and Derry up in the geographical North of Ireland. We have visited Waterford, Kerry and Cork way down in the South. We have visited Dublin on the East coast and we … Read More

John Smeaton – Legatus Address

In February of 2014, John Smeaton, chief executive of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), the UK’s largest and the world’s oldest pro-life organisation, was awarded the 2013 Cardinal John J. O’Connor Pro-Life Award by the Pro-Life Committee of Legatus. Legatus, founded in 1987, helps top-ranking Catholic executives become “ambassadors for Christ”. Accepting the award, Mr Smeaton said: “I am deeply honoured to receive the Cardinal John J O’Connor award. It’s also an award which honours all … Read More

Vocations Crisis in Ireland

Do not expect the young Catholic men of this country to commit their lives to anything less than the fullness of truth! Ignoring the Crisis As news circulated earlier this year about the Irish Bishops’ departure for their ad limina visit to Pope Francis, one of the most prominent stories was that they would not be proposing that Pope Francis readmit to the priesthood men who had left ministry to marry. The Irish Catholic newspaper reported (12/01) that the bishops … Read More

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Devotion to the Sorrows of Mary has always been a favourite devotion among the faithful. It has been sanctioned by the Church and introduced into the Missal and Breviary. During Lent, it is good to keep before our mind’s eye the inexpressible sufferings endured for us by the Mother of God, our Co-Redemptrix. This pious exercise is reinforced each year as we make the Way of the Cross chanting the verses of the hymn Stabat Mater between each station. The … Read More

Maynooth – a crisis in Spiritual Formation

I Will Give You ShepherdsIn March 1992 – almost twenty-five years ago – Pope Saint John Paul II issued his Post-Synodal Exhoration Pastores Dabo Vobis (I Will Give You Shepherds), on the formation of priests. In this document, which has become the point of reference with regard to priestly formation since the Second Vatican Council, Pope John Paul refers to four areas of priestly formation, namely human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation. While the Pope stated that the work of … Read More

Septuagesima: Between the Keys

We have only just closed the joyful celebration of Christmas with the feast of Candlemas; and the liturgy has cast aside the festive gold and solemn white to vest herself once again with the green of hope during these last few Sundays of January and the first of February. It is hard to believe that Lent is already fast approaching, but that will be made clear with the arrival of Septuagesima Sunday. The ministers will don the violet vestments of … Read More