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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 Shepherds In 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 … Read More

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