A missionary priest and nun are to be honoured in the inaugural Presidential Distinguished Service Awards for Irish Abroad. Fr Michael Kelly and Sr Lena Deevy are among 10 Irish people identified as having given distinguished service overseas and serving Ireland’s international reputation through their efforts. Self-help agency Sister Lena Deevy...

365 – The number of guns received by a Catholic parish in the US city of Detroit, Michigan, as a result of a buy-back programme established there. Funds totalling $16,820, contributed by Catholic parishioners across Detroit, were used to purchase the weapons, which included six automatic rifles, in the no-questions-asked scheme. Many...

Bishop Leo O’Reilly issued a decree at the end of August to establish a new parish in the Diocese of Kilmore, by joining the existing parishes of Kinawley and Killesher. The name of the new parish is Kinawley-Killesher and it came into existence on September 1. This decision followed consultation with the Parish Pastoral Councils of both parishes...

A former Playboy model has spoken of the important role her Catholic faith now plays in her life.Donna D’Errico was a leading Playboy starlet in the 1990s and well known for her role in the Baywatch television series. In a recent interview D’Errico described her upbringing as a Catholic in the southern US, where she attended school where “all the...

300 – The number of children forced to convert to Islam in Bangladesh as a result of a fraudulent scheme offering the children of poor families educational opportunities. The scheme involved children from the Tripuri tribe being taken to madrassas instead of schools and there being forced to accept Islam. The practice came to light when a number...

On Monday, September 3, three young men entered the Franciscan Friary in Ennis, Co. Clare to begin their year of discernment as a novice of the Franciscan Order.The friary in Ennis is the designated house of the Irish Province of the Franciscans for their novices. During the coming year, the novices will live as members of the fraternity in Ennis...

All Hallows College, Dublin, has named Jim Doyle as Dean of Academic Affairs and Co-Curricular Programmes for the college. From 1982, Jim Doyle was Vice-President for Student Affairs at De Paul University, Chicago, USA, the largest Catholic University and 7th largest university in the States, and was previously Vice-President for Student...

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