Ministry of Healing

Posted on 28. Jun, 2012 in Addiction, Drugs

Spiritual healing is something that formed a large part of Christ’s teachings and yet it is an area that is often marginalised within the Church. Rev Patrick Lawrence met Jessica Stone who has been appointed to the Church of Ireland as Ministry Coordinator for the Church’s Ministry of Healing. The post covers the entire Republic […]


Posted on 21. Feb, 2012 in Addiction, Drugs

As a final piece on our Addiction series, we hear from Stephen Kelly, also an addict who has been in the Camino for the last few weeks. Like the others, he suffered greatly before finally getting the courage together to check himself into the centre and get his life back together. Here he talks to […]

Addiction Series

Posted on 18. Jan, 2012 in Addiction, Drugs

Continuing our addiction series, we have a piece with John Fox, who was himself an addict and now works in the Camino, with Fr. Denis Laverty. Miriam Gormally began by asking him what his role was.

Founding the Camino

Posted on 09. Jan, 2012 in Addiction, Drugs

Series on Addiction In this series on addiction we look at the stories of addicts, recovering addicts and leaders who no longer take drugs and are showing the way to people still living with addiction. Miriam Gormally started the series by talking with Fr. Dennis Laverty founder and manager of St James Camino Network in […]

Addiction Conference Response

Posted on 29. Oct, 2008 in Addiction, Church Teachings, Drugs

The Irish Bishops’ Drugs Initiative (IBDI) recently held its first national conference in Maynooth.  The theme of the Conference was– ‘Alcohol, Drugs – Parishes Respond.’   In welcoming the delegates Bishop Eamonn Walsh said “…our initiative combines the spiritual with the practical so that our responses will address the whole person: body, mind and spirit.” Bishop […]

The Addict

Posted on 03. Oct, 2007 in Addiction, Alcohol, Drugs, Uncategorized

In 1965 Sr. Consilio founded Cuan Mhuire in Athy Co. Kildare to help those struggling with addictions.  She attributes the success of the centre, not to anything she did, but to the support received from Our Lady.  After her presentation at a recent conference on Addiction in the Jesuit Manresa Centre in Dublin, she told […]

The New Heroin

Posted on 11. Jul, 2007 in Addiction, Drugs

At a recent conference on Addiction held in Manresa -the Jesuit Centre for Spirituality in Dublin- Fr. Peter McVerry spoke about the rise in the use of cocaine and crack cocaine, and the lack of information available about both substances.  Eileen Good asked him to elaborate on his view that cocaine is the ‘new’ heroin.

An Addict’s Parent

Posted on 15. Nov, 2006 in Addiction, Drugs, Young people

Every day there’s a new headline telling us about drug seizures, drug abuse and the rising numbers of young people experimenting with drugs.  For parents, it’s their worse nightmare – despite all they’ve done to keep a child on the right path, they discover he or she is taking drugs.  What does this do to […]