St Antony: Patron of Lost Things

Posted on 25. Jun, 2020 in Christian Values, Church Teachings, Community, Saints

For anyone who has ever lost anything, they will be familiar with praying to St. Antony, whose feast falls in June. What is lesser known is that he was also famous for his eloquence and powers of reconciliation. Born Fernando Martins in Lisbon, Portugal, his family were very wealthy.  By the age of fifteen asked to […]

St. Brigid

Posted on 30. Jan, 2020 in Saints

Alongside St. Patrick, St. Brigid is one of our great Irish Saints – her feastday on February 1st. Born in 450 or 451 near Faughart, Co. Louth she is remembered for her spirituality, her charity and her compassion. In 470 she established a monastery in Kildare  -and was the inspiritation for Bishop Daniel Delaney when […]

Shining a light on Animals

Posted on 14. Nov, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Saints

Following successful solo exhibitions across Europe, Eve Parnell returns to Germany, with “Sunbeam” a collection offering a series of beautiful, poignant drawings, focusing on animals. Using the great tradition of Fine Art, she gently addresses issues which are having a detrimental impact on our society today. Many of the pictures have an uncanny sense to […]

The Mystery of the Soul

Posted on 31. Oct, 2019 in Church Teachings, Community, Death, Saints

In this piece Dermot Roantree, editor with Jesuit communications, talks about the biggest mystery of all – the mystery of death. He explores the days of All Saint and All Souls and says that for some mysteries like death, it may be better that we don’t expect answers, but only ask questions. Drawing on lyrics […]

St Newman’s Conversion

Posted on 24. Oct, 2019 in Christian Values, Church of Ireland, Community, Saints

The founding rector/president of Ireland’s only Catholic university, precursor of University College Dublin (UCD), John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis, Sunday October 13th at a ceremony in Rome’s St Peter’s Square. Born in London in 1801 Newman converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism and in 1851 was invited to Dublin to set up Catholic University […]

Saint John Henry Newman

Posted on 17. Oct, 2019 in Community, Saints

The founding rector/president of Ireland’s only Catholic university, precursor of University College Dublin (UCD), John Henry Newman was canonised by Pope Francis, Sunday October 13th at a ceremony in Rome’s St Peter’s Square. Born in London in 1801 Newman converted to Catholicism from Anglicanism and in 1851 was invited to Dublin to set up Catholic University […]

Unveiling St Oliver Plunkett

Posted on 25. Jul, 2019 in Achievement, Art, Christian Values, Community, Saints

Dony MacManus, well-known Irish sculptor was commissioned to create a dramatic bronze statue of St Oliver Plunkett in the final moments of his earthly life. It was unveiled on July 9th, the 350th anniversary of St Oliver’s appointment as Archbishop of Armagh. In this interview with Conor Deane, Dony talks about the process of commissioning […]

Celebrating St. Patrick

Posted on 14. Mar, 2019 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Saints, Vocation

St Patrick’s Day is one that unites Irish and those interested in anything Irish. His life is surrounded by myths and legends and indeed former Archbishop of Armagh Alan Harper says it is astonishing that we have any information on him at all. Fortunately, thanks to mainly go St. Patrick’s own writings, it is possible […]

Pedro Arrupe – in love with God

Posted on 28. Feb, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Faith and Justice, Gospel Values, Humanitarian Aid, Saints

Brian Grogan SJ, who has published ‘Pedro Arrupe SJ: Mystic with Open Eyes’ with Messenger Publications, spoke to Pat Coyle about the life of the former Father General whose case for beatification has recently been opened. Fr Grogan felt privileged to have met Arrupe several times. He particularly remembered meeting him in Rome in 1981, […]

John Henry Newman to become Saint

Posted on 21. Feb, 2019 in Christian Values, Community, Saints

The canonisation of Blessed John Henry Newman has been given the green light by Pope Francis, who on 12 February signed off on a second miracle attributed to the great English Catholic convert and scholar. Newman was declared Blessed by Pope Benedict at an open-air Mass in Birmingham during his 2010 papal visit to Britain. […]