Queen awards British Empire Medal to Sr Philomena Purcell, an Ursuline originally from Mullinavatt in Co Kilkenny, who at 77 continues to serve as chaplain to HMP Chelmsford.
The generosity of parishioners at home shows a keen awareness of the challenge emigration poses to our culture, both historically and up to the present. I hope to convey this positive message of support to the staff and volunteers in our centres in America – Bishop Kirby.
“It is going to become more and more a normal feature of life ... because many of those ordained will be coming in contact with us at funerals and weddings, baptisms, etc.”
86-year-old Presentation Sister pens first novel retelling the story of the remarkable Irishwoman whose legacy is still making itself felt in 23 countries around the world.
“A culture of machismo, superficial ideas of love, unreal and illusory notions of romance - all of these can undermine tenderness in relationships today."
Fr Pat Murphy, a member St Patrick's Missionary Society in Kilteegan, is to be honoured for his ministry with inmates at Kirikiri maximum security prison in Lagos.
Archbishop Eamon Martin marks the opening of Prisons Week by suggesting that our prisons should be places where lives can be changed and turned around for the better.