Sophie Overall “I do not believe the term, ‘late vocation’ exists,” Bro. Malachy Thompson says when he looks back on how he came to join the Cistercian monks. “God calls people to the religious life when they are ready to truly experience it.”Bro. Malachy is currently the Director of Vocations at Mount St...

With the one year countdown to the World Meeting of Families in Dublin (WMOF) officially launched on Monday, preparations for the event have now entered phase two according to the Secretary General, Fr Tim Bartlett.Sitting in the sunny WMOF offices in the beautiful grounds of Dublin’s Clonliffe College, Fr Tim explains that the last year has...

Over 1,000 young Catholics from across the island of Ireland came together in the Cistercian College, Roscrea at the weekend – not to study – but to celebrate their faith at the annual Youth 2000 Summer Festival.Youth 2000 is a Catholic youth organisation that organises lively faith festivals, retreats, prayer groups and other events...

An invitation earlier this year to address Australia’s royal commission on institutional child abuse shows how highly regarded Ireland’s National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church has become, according to the board’s CEO Teresa Devlin. “It was probably the big event of the year so far in...

Raphoe’s Bishop Alan McGuckian first spent time in what would eventually become his diocese almost 50 years ago, when his love for the Irish language brought him to Rann na Feirste as a 15-year-old.Although he’s been a regular visitor to Donegal’s Gaeltacht since his teenage years, he only moved to the diocese on Wednesday of...

Patrick Kenny“A certain Roman Catholic chaplain...lies in a soldier’s grave in that sinister plain beyond Ypres. He went forward and back over the battle field with bullets whining about him, seeking out the dying and kneeling in the mud beside them to give them absolution, walking with death with a smile on his face, watched by his...

More than a year on from the Brexit referendum, we’re still in unchartable waters, according to Down and Connor’s Bishop Noel Treanor, who hopes that the crash-course in global and European realities Britain has been receiving since the vote is not coming too late.Across the rest of Europe, though, “the mood seems to have changed...

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