The Future of Young Priests

Posted on 24. Jun, 2009 in Church Teachings, Pilgrimage, Vocation

Marie Hogan is President of St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society and is currently preparing for their annual pilgrimage to Knock.  The theme of this year’s pilgrimage is ‘Priesthood’ and Eileen Good asked her if it was a particularly difficult time to be organising such an event.

St. Paul’s Footsteps

Posted on 27. May, 2009 in Pilgrimage, Saints

Almost every Sunday at Mass, we read an excerpt from St. Paul’s writings.  He was a missionary, a theologian, a powerful preacher – and a great traveller.  In this year of St. Paul, Fr. Sean Maher led a pilgrimage, from the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, to Turkey to visit the places associated with St. […]

Atonement Walk

Posted on 21. Jan, 2009 in Celibacy/Sexuality, Conflict, Crime, Media, Pilgrimage

Due to the complex and sensitive nature of this issue, and to give it a full explanation, we have allowed this piece to run on longer than our usual pieces.   Mishandling of information regarding child sex abuse in the Church has again brought sorrow and disappointment to the people of Ireland. One priest, Fr. […]

My Lourdes Experience

Posted on 01. Oct, 2008 in Faith and Justice, Lourdes, Pilgrimage

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Bernadette’s apparition in Lourdes, making it a place of special pilgrimage. Damien Fitzsimons has recently returned from a trip there as a volunteer, making it his tenth visit to Lourdes. On his return, he met Miriam Gormally who asked him whether his friends were surprised at his dedication […]

Story of Lourdes

Posted on 23. Jul, 2008 in Lourdes, Pilgrimage, Saints

As pilgrims worldwide celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lourdes, Eileen Good met with Msgr. John Moloney, now retired, who has visited Lourdes 51 times, and for 15 of those visits he was the Spiritual Director for the Dublin Diocese.  He has also written extensively about Lourdes and the Apparition of Our Lady in 1858.  He […]

Croagh Patrick

Posted on 09. Jul, 2008 in Irish - knock, Lough Derg, Croagh Patrick, Pilgrimage

Reek Sunday, on the last Sunday of July is when up to 25, 000 pilgrims from all over the world, many in their bare feet climb Croagh Patrick. Situated near Westport, Co. Mayo it has been a place of pilgrimage since the arrival of Celtic Christianity in the 1st Century and possibly before the Celts.  […]

Lough Derg

Posted on 11. Jun, 2008 in Irish - knock, Lough Derg, Croagh Patrick, Pilgrimage

Lough Derg is a unique place of peace in today’s modern world.  It manages to retain a pace where people can move slowly, reflect, Pray – and receive a warm welcome. There are no strangers in Lough Derg.  Eileen Good spoke to the Prior, Mgr. Dick Mohan and first asked him if the recent transport […]

Pilgrimage – Santiago

Posted on 16. Apr, 2008 in Faith and Justice, Pilgrimage

The pilgrimage ‘season’ is now well under way, with people all over the country heading off to various destinations.  One of the increasingly popular venues in recent years has been the walk to Sandiago de Campostela in Spain.  Peter O’Connor spoke to Jim Galvin Secretary of the Irish Society of the Friends of St. James […]


Posted on 05. Mar, 2008 in Faith and Justice, Lourdes, Pilgrimage

All over Ireland this year, dioceses expect the biggest number of pilgrims ever to travel to Lourdes to celebrate the apparition of Our Lady there, 150 years ago.  Many will go hoping for a miracle but all come home talking about having received the miracle of peace and reconciliation.  Fr. Pat O’Donoghue of Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral […]

Ecumenism Today

Posted on 19. Sep, 2007 in Church Teachings, Community, Pilgrimage

The word Ecumenism is not one we hear too much these days  – so what’s happened, have things all been sorted out, or has it gone away  – Eileen Good met Bishop Richard Clarke, Church of Ireland Bishop of Meath and Kildare, and she put these questions to him.