Archbishop Neary pays tribute to young people’s “very significant contribution” to the local church, from teaching computers to the elderly to caring for people with special needs on pilgrimage to Lourdes.
Of the 32 Irish Jesuit chaplains who served on the battlefields of France, Belgium, Egypt and Mesopotamia, four were killed and two died from illness.
“They had courage in abundance to follow their patriotic convictions. But they also drew courage from their faith to know how to live life and face death” - Bishop Leahy.
"We are going to have less and less priests in Ireland over the coming years and we will be forced to think outside mass for liturgy. We therefore need to get young people more involved in the church outside of the formal structure of the mass and one of the ways to do this is through music," says international sacred music composer.
Starting with a shrine in Siberia, 84 Marian shrines all the over the world will host thousands of people reciting relays of the rosary over a 24-hour period.