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The Great Adventure: A New Approach to the Bible @ Avila Carmelite Centrre
Sep 22 2016 @ 7:30 pm – May 18 2017 @ 7:30 pm


Starting in September we are delighted to announce The Great Adventure, a comprehensive introduction to the scriptures, carried out over 24 weeks. The series takes a narrative approach to the Bible; it divides it into twelve time periods and then focuses on fourteen books of the Bible to follow the narrative from Creation up to the birth of the Church (including the Acts of the Apostles)

The course begins on Thursday 22 September 2016 and finishes on Thursday 18 May 2017. The course must be undertaken as a whole, please consult all the dates below to ensure full participation:

24 Evenings (Thursdays 7.30pm)
Sept 22 & 29, Oct 06 & 20, Nov 03, 10 & 24, Dec 01, 08 & 15
Jan 19 & 26, Feb 02, 09 & 23, Mar 02, 09, 23 & 30, Apr 06 & 27, May 04, 11 & 18

Catholic Godparents Association Annual Retreat/Conference – Tallaght, Dublin 24 – April 26 – April 27 @ Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village,
Apr 26 @ 10:00 am – Apr 27 @ 4:30 pm

“Helping our Children+ Grandchildren
to know, love and serve God”

Kate Liffey, National Catechetical Association
Fr. Benny McHale, Croi Nua Spirituality Centre, Galway
Catherine Wiley, Founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association
(limited space available)

Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght Village, Dublin 24
(easy access from M50, close by to Luas station with connecting from Heuston Station)

Time of Gathering and finishing will be clarified when booking. Times listed above are machine listed and may not be acurate

Frank Duff offered a humane, more Christian alternative to the Mother and Baby homes @ Davenport Hotel
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm

Ireland’s Catholic past has been in the news again very recently. It never seems to be out of it and the picture that is painted of our Catholic past is not flattering, to put it mildly.

The latest furore has been over the Tuam Mother and Baby home where it has come to light once again that almost 800 babies died there in the years of its operation from 1925 to 1961 and are buried in an unmarked grave.

There is no doubt that Ireland’s treatment of unmarried mothers and their babies was very harsh, as it was to a greater or lesser extent in many other societies at the time. But did it have to be this way? Did we have to be so harsh, and did we have to separate unmarried mothers from their babies in the way that we did?

One man and one organisation who thought otherwise was Frank Duff and the organisation he founded, the Legion of Mary.

When Frank Duff set up his Regina Coeli hostel for homeless women in 1930, he found that many of the women arriving for help and for shelter were unmarried mothers. He sought to help them, not stigmatise them. He helped these women keep their babies and to raise them. He was very opposed to separating these unmarried mothers from their children except in rare circumstances.

Frank Duff’s Legion of Mary was the only organisation operating in those early decades after Independence that offered this kind of help to unmarried mothers. This shows that a more humane alternative to institutions like the Mother and Baby homes was possible, including from a Catholic point of view.

Our talk will look at this humane, more Christian alternative that Frank Duff and the Legion of Mary offered. It will look at how he was also critical of the industrial schools. It will examine how he and the Legion of Mary refused to be prisoners of the attitudes of their time and rose above them.

The talk will be delivered by Finola Kennedy, author of Frank Duff: A Life Story.

Finola has been a lecturer at University College Dublin and at the Institute of Public Administration, Ireland. She was a member of the Review Group on the Constitution and the Commission on the Status of Women.

She is the author of the pioneering study, Cottage to Crèche: Family Changes in Ireland. She has contributed frequently to newspapers such as the Irish Times, the Sunday Business Post and the Sunday Independent.

The chair on the evening will be Finola Bruton who is well known to Iona Institute supporters.

Day Retreat ‘Quiet Days for Busy People’-Knock – Co Mayo @ Taize Room, Prayer Guidance Centre
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Day Retreat 'Quiet Days for Busy People'-Knock - Co Mayo @ Taize Room, Prayer Guidance Centre | County Mayo | Ireland

Join in Knock for a quiet day of reflection. Take time out for yourself to nourish your soul and discover new life in the heart of the gospels, through Guided Meditation and quiet reflection. Take the opportunity of a one to one conversation with a prayer guide in order to gain a deeper awareness of who you are in God’s presence.

Family Matters @ Aula Maxima, St Patrick's College, Maynooth
Apr 29 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
Family Matters @ Aula Maxima, St Patrick's College, Maynooth | County Kildare | Ireland

Pope Francis is set to visit Ireland in August 2018 for the World Meeting of Families which will draw many thousands of families from all over the world. As preparations get underway for the huge event in Dublin, the Focolare Movement, which has its centre in Prosperous, Co. Kildare, has organised a one day event on the theme of Family Matters at the Aula Maxima, South Campus, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth on Saturday 29th April 2018.
Keynote speakers at the event include Fr Tim Bartlett , Secretary General for the WMOF 18 and Dr Lorna Gold from Trocaire and Susan Gately, author of ‘God’s Surprise – the New Movements in the Church’. A major feature of the Family Matters day will be the launch of the ‘Family Cube’, a very useful tool to increase the love in a family. Each face of the cube displays a Gospel based phrase. Families role the cube every morning and try to live according to what comes out on top.

John Henry Newman: One Day Retreat @ Manresa
May 6 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
John Henry Newman: One Day Retreat @ Manresa | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

This one-day retreat offers an opportunity to engage prayerfully with John Henry Newman. The motto he chose when named a cardinal in 1879 was “Cor ad cor loquitur.” (Heart speaks to heart.) This is a day to allow the heart to rest and to hear, to be encouraged by the wisdom of Newman as we seek God.

The day will consist of talks, time for reflection and the celebration of Mass. The retreat will be directed by Dermot Mansfield SJ, author of Heart Speaks to Heart: The Story of Blessed John Henry Newman (Veritas, 2010).

This retreat will be attended by members of the Newman Society of Ireland. All are welcome to attend.

Resting in the Arms of God with Deirdre Ni Chinneide @ Taize Room, Prayer Guidance Centre
May 6 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Resting in the Arms of God with Deirdre Ni Chinneide @ Taize Room, Prayer Guidance Centre | County Mayo | Ireland

Facilitated by Deirdre Ni Chinneide, this day long workshop invites you to come away from the demands of busy life, to listen and explore with others, the power and presence of God. With the arrival of spring, new light and growth reflect the constant call from God to know, love and trust in his guidance deep in the heart of our lives.

Day of Prayer and Reflection-Breige O Hare-St. Anthony’s Retreat Centre-Donegal @ St. Anthony's Retreat Centre
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Day of Prayer and Reflection led by Breige O Hare

St. Anthony’s Retreat Centre

Dundrain, Burnfoot, Co. Donegal. F93 NF76

Starts 11a.m. and concludes with Mass celebrated by Fr. Neal Carlin at 3p.m.

Movies that Matter @ Manresa
May 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Movies that Matter @ Manresa | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

The popular Movies that Matter series brings a new selection of films this spring. Each film will be preceded by a brief introduction and followed by a discussion. For details of the films being shown, sign up for our newsletter at http://www.manresa.ie/mailchimp/subscribe

Coffee Morning for Women) (age 20-50)-St. Marys Cathedral, James St, Kilkenny-Presentation Sisters @ St. Marys Cathedral,
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

The Presentation Sisters are hosting a Coffee Morning for women (age 20 – 50) who are searching for a radical expression of Gospel life.

The morning will include a film about the first religious sister to be an ecological martyr – Sr Dorothy Stang.

In the second attachment you will see that the event above is inspired by the approaching tercentenary of the birth of Nano Nagle for which the soon to be launched book is written.

Do not hesitate to contact me for any queries. Bernadette CONTACT: [email protected]ne.com / 087.2033006

Emmaus Centre Open Day (Sunday, 14th May) @ The Emmaus Centre
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Emmaus Centre Open Day (Sunday, 14th May) @ The Emmaus Centre | County Dublin | Ireland

Welcome to The Emmaus Centre where we have open space, inspiring activities and a long history tradition of personal, social and spiritual development. On this free day our programme facilitators will go through all the good stuff we offer on site. All you need to bring is yourself, your family and some friends. All are welcome!

Spirituality in Poetry and Song @ Manresa
May 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirituality in Poetry and Song @ Manresa | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

These workshops will involve prayer, silence and sharing. Participants will have opportunities to consider favourite poems and music and to reflect on them prayerfully. Guided by the insights of Ignatian spirituality in an atmosphere of attention to what inspires, these meetings will help to recognise and appreciate what inspires and invite light into life.

Although it is not essential, please feel free to bring a poem or piece of music which helps us explore something of this theme – especially if it is a piece of your own creation.

Sweden; the model secular society? @ The Davenport Hotel,
May 18 @ 8:00 pm

Sweden; the model secular society?


Mattias Nordstrom, theologian and pastor
Ruth Nordstrom, CEO and lawyer

It is fair to say that Sweden receives favourable coverage in the Irish media, as it does in the Western media generally. It is renowned for its generous and egalitarian social policy. The influence of religion upon Swedish society is very small these days, including that of the formerly dominant Lutheran Church. All in all, Sweden is seen and presented as a sort of ‘secular paradise’ which Ireland would do well to emulate.

Our next speakers are husband and wife, Mattias and Ruth Nordstrom  Mattias is a theologian and pastor in Uppsala in Sweden. Ruth is CEO and Senior Legal Counsel at Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers.

Ruth is currently legally representing two Swedish midwives who have been refused employment in Swedish hospitals because they will not perform abortions. Ruth will speak about this case, that will soon be brought to the European Court of Human Rights, and about other ongoing cases and issues regarding human rights, human trafficking, migration & asylum law and religious freedom.

Mattias will speak about what it is like to live in a country that has become so secular and in which religion has been pushed to the margins of life, the state of marriage and family life, and how Christians in Sweden are responding to the challenges they face.

The Swedish example is very relevant to Ireland because it is so often held up as the model country. We hope you will be able to attend what promises to be an enlightening and informative talk.

International Fatima Conference – Galway -May 19/20 @ Shearwater Hotel
May 19 @ 6:45 pm – May 20 @ 6:30 pm

International Fatima Conference

Celebrating The Jubilee Centenary: 1917-2017

Fatima and the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
(My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the way that will lead you to God)!

Friday, May 19 (6.45-9.45pm Evening)
Saturday, May 20 (All day-8.45am-6.30pm)

Shearwater Hotel-Ballinasloe Galway (090) 963 0400
[email protected] (*Special Rates for Delegates*)

Archbishop Eamon Martin D.D. Primate of all Ireland, Archbishop of Armagh.
Patron of the World Apostolate of Fatima, Ireland will be the main celebrant and homilist at noon Mass (on Sat 20th).

Items of Interest include
Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady from Fatima, and the 1st Class Relics of Saint John Paul II.
Investiture with the Scapular, a Plenary Indulgence to Delegates,
Consecration, Benediction, Holy Mass, Rosary.

Opening welcome address: Bishop John Kirby of the Clonfert Diocese

Archbishop Eamon Martin D.D. Primate of all Ireland, Archbishop of Armagh.
Patron of the World Apostolate of Fatima, Ireland.

Father Joseph M. Wolfe MFVA Franciscan Missionary of the Eternal Word-EWTN.

Professor William A. Thomas, of the Pontifical MarianAcademy, Director of the
Pope Saint John Paul II Institute of Marian Studies, President of the
Mariological Society ofIreland

Donal Anthony Foley, Marian author and Secretary of the World Apostolate of
Fatima, England and Wales

Mr. Colin B. Donovan, STL Vice President for Theology EWTN Global Catholic

Professor Father Ailbe O Reilly ORC. Professor of Theology, Newman College.
Master of Ceremonies; Charles Wm. Foster

Fr. John Walsh O.P, and Mons John Armitage, Rector of Walsingham

Master of Ceremonies; Charles Wm Foster

Registration opens Friday in the Shearwater Hotel Conference Centre from 4pm-
and Saturday from 8am To pre-register on line go to www.fatimaJPII.org follow
this link, or phone 091-846162 With the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady from Fatima,
and the 1st Class Relics of Saint John Paul II.

Sponsored by the World Apostolate of Fatima, (Ireland)-Newman College Ireland-
The Marian Institute-(USA) The Saint Pope John Paul II Institute of Marian
Studies-(Fatima) The Pontifical Marian Academy-(Vatican) The Mariological
Society of Ireland- Drummond Hotel, Ballykelly, Derry. The Diocese of Clonfert.

Dreams The Real Agenda with Fr Paddy Greene SJ @ The Emmaus Centre
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – May 21 @ 2:30 pm
Dreams The Real Agenda with Fr Paddy Greene SJ @ The Emmaus Centre | County Dublin | Ireland

Discover the way dreams point us to places of growth, healing and surprise. Learn the language of dreams and how the symbolic images reveal possibilities; see the connections between the dreams during a given timeframe and discover the real agenda of your life.
Discover the way dreams point us to places of growth, healing and surprise. Learn the language of dreams and how the symbolic images reveal possibilities; see the connections between the dreams during a

Topics also include the recall of dreams, dreams in the Old and New Testaments, dreams in other cultures, death in dreams, dreams and health and much more. There will also be time to work on dreams in a group settinggiven timeframe and discover the real agenda of your life.

Paddy Greene SJ has been conducting workshops on Dreams in Ireland since 1988.He combines input with a group process which enables individuals to work on their dreams in a way that is safe and enlightening. He also works in spiritual direction with a focus on dream work and in adult education and creation spirituality.

LOUGH DERG PILGRIMAGE SEASON 2017 – 1 June-15 Aug @ Lough Derg
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am


1ST June – 15th August 2017 (last day to commence the Three Day Pilgrimage is 13th August )

For over 50 generations families have carried forward the faith of their families who made their way to Lough Derg.

Lough Derg offers families a unique connection with their ancestoral family whose spiritual footsteps down the generations awaits them in this sacred Island. The Lough Derg Pilgrimage season connects us with the flame of faith, hope and love lit in Ireland by St Patrick in the fifth century and continues to give light to families today.

Fr Owen McEneaney, Prior of Lough Derg extends a personal invitation to one and all to come and walk in the spiritual footsteps of your family – parents, grandparents, relations – walk the same ground where they walked and prayed, reconnect with their prayer for their family and future family. Today you are that family; come and be touched by God’s grace in the sanctuary of St Patrick. A sacred place where we look to God – Father, Son and Spirit – that communion of love to guide us on our faith-filled journey.

From the time of St Patrick right up to today, experiencing this communion of love at the heart of God has a particular resonance for pilgrims to Lough Derg, leaving the Island as they often do with a deep, deep sense of God’s presence, closeness and love. It is as if they have been taken into the communion of love that is Father, Son and Spirit.

If you have thought about coming to Lough Derg but never managed to get here or if you have been here in the past and thought you will come back some day – let that some-day be this year.

It is our hope that you will say yes and come as you are, come home to the love of God’s family and connect with your family prayer here on Lough Derg.

Linking with the World Meeting of Families in Ireland next year

As Ireland gets ready to host this momentous event Lough Derg extends an invitation to family groups, the parish family and the diocesan family to come and prepare for this occasion, to be part of the unbroken link of Lough Derg as a place of continuous prayer for families over the generations.

The Lough Derg team can be contacted for more information on 071 9861518 daily from 8.00am until 9.00pm during June, July and August. Full season details on loughderg.org


C/f Sharon Hearty
Communications Office
Lough Derg, the sanctuary of St Patrick
Co Donegal, Ireland

T 00353 (0) 71 9861518

E [email protected]



Fota X International Liturgy Conference- Cork, Ireland
Jun 8 @ 9:30 am – Jun 10 @ 4:30 am

St. Colman’s Society for Catholic Liturgy is pleased to announce that the Fota X International Liturgy Conference, to be held in Cork, Ireland, 8-10 July 2017, will be opened by His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military and Hospitellar Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta.

The subject of the conference is Resourcing the Prayers of the Roman Liturgy

Patristic Sources and will be explored by a panel of experts drawn from the United States, Germany and Ireland, among them Prof. Manfred Hauke (Lugano), Prof. Dieter Boehler (Frankfurt), Prof. Joseph Briody (Boston), Dr. Lauren Pristas (New York), and Gregory DiPippo (New Liturgical Movement).

His Eminence will deliver a paper entitled:
Early Sources of the Church’s Liturgical Discipline.

Spirituality in Poetry and Song – Manresa @ Manresa
Jun 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Spirituality in Poetry and Song - Manresa @ Manresa | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

These workshops will involve prayer, silence and sharing. Participants will have opportunities to consider favourite poems and music and to reflect on them prayerfully. Guided by the insights of Ignatian spirituality in an atmosphere of attention to what inspires, these meetings will help to recognise and appreciate what inspires and invite light into life.

Although it is not essential, please feel free to bring a poem or piece of music which helps us explore something of this theme – especially if it is a piece of your own creation.

Church Leaders’ Mental Health Awareness Event Dublin -15-6-17 – Dublin @ The Church of Ireland Theological Institute
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

mental health awareness seminar for church leaders

The Church and Society Commission (CASC) of the Church of Ireland is issuing an invitation to clergy, and church leaders from all denominations to attend an information morning addressing issues surrounding mental health on Thursday 15th June from 9am -12.30pm in the Theological Institute, Braemor Park Dublin 14. It will conclude with a light lunch at 12.30pm. Attendance is free and there will be free parking available onsite for attendees.

  • Dr Eilis Hennessy, Senior Lecturer in developmental psychology in UCD School of Psychology,
    ‘Challenging stigma to improve young people’s mental health’
  • Dr. Regina Mc Quillan, Palliative Medicine Consultant, St Francis Hospice and Beaumont Hospital, ‘Supporting the Mental Health of People Living with a Life Limiting Illness’
  • Rev James Mulhall, Social Worker, Career Guidance Counsellor and Church of Ireland Curate in the Lismore Union of Parishes as well as being the Safeguarding Trust Child Protection Officer for the Cashel, Ferns and Ossory Dioceses, ‘Faith and Mental Health’.
  • The introductory remarks on the day will be made by The Most Revd Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin .

Places are limited, and will be allocated on a first-come/first-served basis. To secure a place, please email [email protected] or contact Caoimhe Leppard in Church of Ireland House, Dublin, 01 4125608.

Portglenone Prayer Group Day of Renewal – Sat. 17th JUNE 2017 @ Cistercian Monastery,
Jun 17 @ 9:30 am


Directed by Fr Tom McConnell  (Kiltegan)

A Retreat with Father Jim Cogley – Emmaus Centre @ The Emmaus Centre
Jun 18 @ 5:00 pm – Jun 22 @ 2:30 pm
A Retreat with Father Jim Cogley - Emmaus Centre @ The Emmaus Centre | County Dublin | Ireland

This retreat is available also on a daily basis Non-residential and the costs on a daily basis would be as follows:
Sunday €25.00, Monday €65.00, Tuesday €65.00, Wednesday €65.00 & Thursday €40.00

Father Jim will facilitate this very special retreat that will gently and sensitively take participants on a journey to a deeper connection with themselves and with God.

Father Jim is a Parish Priest, a Wood Turner, a Psychotherapist and he has trained in the Jungian Tradition. It is with this range and depth of knowledge that Father Jim will create a unique and sacred retreat experience. Some topics that will be concentrated on during this retreat will be overall healing including Generational Healing, self-reflection to help participants deal more effectively with their relationships, awareness and empowerment exercises and methods for finding strength for overcoming insecurities. Father Jim’s “Wood You Believe Series “will be an integral part of the retreat schedule.

The Global Rosary Relay – 23/6/2017 @ see below
Jun 23 @ 12:00 am

The Annual Global Rosary Relay 23 June 2017

The Global Rosary Relay for Priests begins at the stroke of midnight on 23 June (the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) this year, commencing in South Korea as it begins its journey around the world.   We now look forward to the world sharing in a greatly enhanced event for 2017, when over 125 lead shrines in more than 55 countries will pray the rosary for priests in their local language at their allocated time.

Ireland has five lead locations this year namely, National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock who pray The Glorious Mysteries local time (14.30).

Father Patrick Peyton Centre Attymass. County Mayo. Who pray the Luminous Mysteries local time (14.15)

Our Lady of Dublin Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church who pray the Joyful Mysteries local time (15.45)

Poor Clare Sisters, Saint Damian’s, Dublin 4. Who pray the Joyful Mysteries Local time (18.15)

and Our Lady’s Island, Wexford.  Who pray the Glorious Mysteries local (20.00)

We urge you to spread the word about this eighth Rosary Relay for Priests that continues to gain in strength and popularity with each passing year.  Please contact all the religious and lay groups in your area and tell them how everybody can add their voices to this unique global event that once again will encircle the world to support the work and ministry of our devoted priests. Remember without priests we do not have the Eucharist and without the Eucharist we have no Church.

So here is the perfect opportunity for you to play your part in this immediate call to action as the Global Rosary for Priests prepares to go local in your area.

This event is the perfect way for the laity in Ireland and all over the world to recognise the blessings bestowed on all of us by those thousands of priests working tirelessly on behalf of millions of Catholics and to thank Our Lady for the gift of these priests.

The Details of the organisers:


Jesuit Conference Centre, 

1st Floor,

Milltown Park, 

Sandford Road, 


Dublin 6,


Tel: 00 353 1 2314600

Fax: 00 353 1 2315202

M: 00 353 86 8190785

E-mail  [email protected]

W: www.worldpriest.com

HALLELUJAH – An Evening of Inspirational Music – the Palestrina Choir +++N. C. Hall @ National Concert Hall
Jun 24 @ 8:00 pm


HALLELUJAH is a new show portraying the lives of three saints who visited Ireland and inspired the nation:
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux,
Mother Teresa of Calcutta &
John Paul Ⅱ.

Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is a model of sanctity to Catholics throughout the world. When her relics were brought to Ireland in 2001, more than two million people knelt in prayer before the saint at over fifty locations.  Saint Thérèse was elevated to ‘Doctor of the Church’ by John Paul Ⅱ in 1997.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta stayed at Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham as a young nun when she came to Ireland in 1928 to study English.  She returned many times, declaring “Ireland will always have a special place in my heart.” She was given the Freedom of the City of Dublin in 1993, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 and was canonised in 2016.
Pope John Paul Ⅱ. The second half of the evening is devoted to the life of John Paul Ⅱ, who visited Ireland in 1979.  He was the first pope ever to visit this country and his Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park was a truly historic occasion, attended by millions. He was canonised in 2014.

The evening will feature some of the finest spiritual music ever written:  Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, Pie Jesu, Queen of the May, Sweet Heart of Jesus, I’ll Walk With God, You Raise Me Up & Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ to name only some.  Tenor Sean Costello returns after his hugely successful run of sold out performances as Mario Lanza in “The Loveliest Night of Year”. Much-loved soprano Sandra Oman is joined by the incredibly talented vocalist Melanie McCabe.  With a musical ensemble, organ, choir and very special guest star singer Mary Coughlan, this uplifting evening will be one of the highlights of 2017.  Early booking advised.

Large screen – narration – historical images and archive footage

Presented by Pat Egan Sound Ltd.

‘Save the 8th’ Rally for life – Garden of Remembrance, D.1 – @ GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE,
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm

Annual Rally for Life is coming up on Saturday, 1st July 2017 in Dublin, be there!

The Rally for Life is always an amazing, colourful, celebration of Life, and it’s incredibly important message to SAVE the 8th must be heard loud and clear this year.

We need YOU to  make that happen – to make sure the country sees that the truth and the momentum is on the side of the pro-life message, and that when it comes to this vote, we will raise the pro-life majority UP for life.

Save the 8th campaign is having a real impact on public opinion and can succeed in protecting life.

The Rally is a crucial part of showing the country why we must Save the 8th. Be part of it! Save the Date for July 1st!!

“How can we hope today?-Timothy Radcliffe OP-The Priory Institute, Tallaght, D.24 @ ST MARY'S PRIORY TALLAGHT VILLAGE DUBLIN 24
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

“How can we hope today?

The lessons of our Dominican brothers and sisters in the Middle East”.

Timothy Radcliffe

speaks at the Priory Institute, Dublin on

July 4th.

Timothy Radcliffe OP is a Catholic priest and member of the English Province of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). He currently lives in Blackfriars, Oxford, where he is Director of the Las Casas Institute, which focuses on the promotion of social justice and human rights. He is a prolific writer and internationally acclaimed lecturer, teaching and preaching in many countries.

Timothy was born 1945. He joined the Dominican Order in 1965 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1971. Subsequently, he served as Master of the Order from 1992 until 2001. He is the only member of the English Province of the Dominicans to have held the office since the Order’s foundation in 1216.  He was appointed as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in May 2015.

Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 9 @ 5:00 pm




JULY 7-9


 Young adults (18 to 35) are invited to attend the 4TH Irish Evangelium weekend residential conference on the theme of explaining the Catholic faith in the modern world. The conference will feature:
dynamic talks by excellent speakers
opportunities to socialise with other young people who share your faith
discuss and talk informally with our speakers
daily Mass and Divine Office
opportunities for sport and evening entertainment
The Conference is organised by Evangelium Ireland.


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Centenary of Fatima Apparitions – Knock Shrine, Co. Mayo @ Knock Shrine
Jul 9 @ 2:30 pm


The Faithful of Ireland are invited to celebrate
 the centenary of the Fatima Apparitions at Knock Shrine.

2.30             Blessing of the Sick

3.00pm      Celebration of the                                         Eucharist

Main Celebrant: Most Rev Eamon Martin DD, Archbishop of Armagh

A time of prayer and reflection to coincide with the centenary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima to Jacinta and Fancisco Marto.


All Welcome

Let’s Talk Family: Let’s Be Family’ Conference-Cardinal Schönborn- Mary Immaculate College, Limerick-13/7 @ Mary Immaculate College
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm


Let’s Talk Family: Let’s Be Family’ Conference

The Church must apply ‘mercy’ to families, particularly those that find themselves in difficulty, including second unions, a leading theologian has said. This conference a key moment in build up to World Meeting of Families 2018

Speaking ahead of a major gathering in Limerick next week that will be attended by the cardinal chosen by Pope Francis to present Amoris Laetitia – the papacy’s letter on the ‘family’ – Rev Professor Eamonn Conway said that under Pope Francis, the Church will still hold onto ideals of what family should be but is very much, at the same time, reaching out to those “on the margins”.

‘Let’s Talk Family: Let’s Be Family’, which will be held at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on July 13th, is the first major conference to be held as part of the build up to the World Meeting of Families next year in Ireland.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, Archbishop of Vienna – recognised as one of the Church hierarchy lead reformers – will be guest speaker at the conference. He was selected by Pope Francis to present Amoris Laetitia (the joy of love) following two Synods on the family, in 2014 and 2015, and is among the Pope’s closest confidants. He will speak at 2.30pm during the conference and 7.00pm in the evening.


Prof Conway said Cardinal Schönborn’s attendance is hugely significant and he will give a deeper insight into how the Church under Pope Francis is changing in the context of the family.

“Pope Francis has said that marriage and the family is in crisis and that the ‘culture of the temporary’ is seeing many people give up on marriage when there is so much to fight for. So, in that context, the conference, and attendance of one of Pope Francis’ closely confidants at it, is incredibly timely, not least with the World Meeting of Families here next year.

“There is a very clear movement taking place under Pope Francis’ guidance.  I think the change or the development is that we really need to bring the concept of mercy.  Pope Francis is really challenging the Church and challenging us as Ministers; challenging us all to say how can we be more supportive of families, particularly those that are vulnerable and are fragile.

“I’m talking about people who find themselves in circumstances that they mightn’t have set out to, in some situations what we call irregular unions or second unions. How do we apply the concept of mercy while still holding to the ideal of how God wants us to be as family?  How do we reach out and touch the hearts of and be supportive as a community to those on the margins. I think we are getting new energy and new insight into how as Church we need to go about that.”

Speaking specifically of Cardinal Schönborn’s attendance at next week’s event, Rev Conway, a professor at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, said that he is not alone one of Europe’s leading theologians and among the Pope’s most trusted cardinals, but brings a particular experience of the complexities of family through his own circumstances. The event is being organised by MIC’s Institute for Pastoral Studies and, according to its Director, Fr. Eamonn Fitzgibbon, will be a timely opportunity through one of the Pope’s closest confidants to get a deeper understanding of Pope Francis and the Church’s direction on the family.

“We’re really, really grateful that Cardinal Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, will be with us at our conference in Mary Immaculate. It’s really a great honour as he is in huge demand. He was chosen by Pope Francis actually to launch the Joy of Love, Amoris Letitia. And one of the interesting things about him, and he spoke about this at one of the synods, is that he himself comes from a broken family, as we would call it.  His parents divorced when he was quite young.  So he knows at a personal level, in a sense, the challenges that families can face and the challenges young people can face growing up in a family that is not necessarily the ideal circumstance.

“There has been quite an amount of controversy about Amoris Laetitia, with some hardliners in the Church arguing it has gone too far.  Others say it hasn’t gone far enough. Some say it is ambiguous.  Cardinal Schönborn will be able to give clarity to us in a way that no one else can other than Pope Francis.  We’re very much looking forward to his visit.” Fr. Fitzgibbon said that the need for a reforming Church and the leadership of Pope Francis and the likes of Cardinal Schönborn, has never been greater in the context of the family as we know it. “Over many years as chief pastor of the diocese of Vienna, he has worked hard to integrate and support and care for those in vulnerable situations, while also obviously trying to hold before people the ideal of the Church’s teaching on family life. So he is a very experienced pastor.”

In addition to the Cardinal’s involvement, other speakers at ‘Let’s Talk Family: Let’s Be Family’ include Martin Kennedy, a freelance trainer and facilitator with church and community groups who has recently been appointed as Pastoral Programme Coordinator for the World Meeting of Families, and Jessie Rogers, a Limerick based lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, a Godly Play trainer and on her way to qualifying as a spiritual director.

P.S Please recheck the time of Conference when enquiring about this event

Oasis Day – Manresa – Dublin @ Manresa House, 426 Clontarf Rd
Jul 22 @ 9:30 am – 6:00 pm


Step aside from the ordinary into the lovely surroundings of Manresa for an Oasis Day. Each day takes place in an atmosphere of silence and comprises a number of elements: reflections, guided meditations, prayer and an opportunity to meet with a spiritual director; a celebration of the Eucharist concludes each day.
Jesuit week at Knock Shrine– 24th -31st July -Your Life, Your Story, Your Pathway to God @ Knock Shrine
Jul 24 @ 10:30 am – Jul 31 @ 4:30 pm

Jesuit week at Knock Shrine

God takes an interest in each one of us, in every life – a personal interest in the ordinary daily realities and in our deepest longings. Each of us has a story to tell and in that story God is present, calling us to listen and learn. Prayer is about listening as well as speaking. It doesn’t do away with the struggles of life, but it helps us to see that the One who created us wants to guide us and to give us courage and a sense of peace. This is what the Jesuit way of prayer is all about. Join us for this special week of Ignatian Spirituality at Knock.

This week will be facilitated by Rev Terry Howard, SJ & Rev Edmund Grace, SJ.

Daily in the Prayer Guidance Centre:
Preached retreat – 10.30am
Talks on prayer – 11.05am, 7.05pm
(Talk & Retreat approx. 20 mins)

Daily in the Basilica:
Mass – 3pm

For more information, contact the Prayer Guidance Centre:

(094) 93 88100 /E: pra[email protected]

T: +353 (0) 94 93 88100 Ext. 164

Direct Line: +353 (0) 94 93 75355

E: [email protected]

W: www.knockshrine.ie