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. […]

Connecting to Nature

Posted on 21. Feb, 2019 in Community, Ecology, Gospel Values, Saints

Fiann O’Nualain is an author, broadcaster, columnist and advocate of gardening for health and wellbeing. He has a background in medicinal botany, nutritional science and horticultural therapy as well as holistic therapies, mindfulness facilitation and CBT counselling.  He has written books such as the The Holistic Gardener – Natural Cures for Common Ailments and Beauty […]

Ode to Bridget

Posted on 31. Jan, 2019 in Ecological, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music, Saints

From the Album, Celtic Soul by Nóirín Ni Riain, this beautiful song, Ode to Bridget, draws from the deepest well of the Sean Nós (old style) tradition. It celebrates Bridget and praises her contribution to Ireland, the Earth and others.

Mary Temple of the Lord

Posted on 03. Jan, 2019 in Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church, Music, Saints, Vocation

This was a piece of music that first went out at the end of Dec in 2017 and was one of our most popular pieces in 2018. It was a piece of music from Marie Dunne, a Holy Faith Sister, Mary Temple of the Lord. She talks about how she wrote it for the Presentation Brothers when […]

Oscar Romero and Trócaire

Posted on 15. Nov, 2018 in Achievement, Charity, Christian Values, Church Teachings, Conflict, Death, Faith and Justice, Humanitarian Aid, Saints

    ‘Each one of you must be a microphone of God, each one of you must be a messenger, a prophet’ St Oscar Romero 1917-1980 St Oscar Romero was recently canonised for his work in El Salvador. He worked closely with Trócaire in the 1970s to speak out about corruption in El Salvador. At the […]

The Mystery of the Soul

Posted on 25. Oct, 2018 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 […]