Mary McCarthy, Eilis Costelloe and Kathleen Maher Following an invitation from the Ossory Adult Faith Development team seeking volunteers for the Year of Mercy to assist pilgrims in Rome last year, we decided to take up the challenge and apply. We logged on to the pilgrims website to check out the requirements, amongst which were a...

“We might not have government but we still have the law, which is pretty important for policing, so all is not lost”, deadpans George Hamilton, Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in his comfortable if not overly-spacious office at Police HQ in the Knock area of east Belfast, just before Easter.Mr Hamilton (49), a...

The first thing that strikes you about Sr Majella McCarron, a pioneering advocate for justice and peace within her congregation, is that she is no shrinking violet.Sr Majella, a sprightly, feisty 77-year-old who hails from Derrylin, Co. Fermanagh, is happy to talk for hours about her eventful 57 year-long ministry in the Missionary Sisters of Our...

Dublin’s Gonzaga College might seem an unlikely place for the launch of an evangelical video series produced by the historically Protestant and highly dynamic Scripture Union (SU) group, but according to Jonny Somerville, presenter of NUA, it made perfect sense. “I’ve had a relationship with Gonzaga for a while, mainly...

Fr Paddy Moran CSSpAs a missionary I had the great privilege to work for 11 years in Ethiopia. I spent a number of those years working with prisoners in Arba Minch prison. Arba Minch is a town 500 kilometres south west of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Recently reassigned to work in Ireland, I still have the opportunity to go back to...

Even those who do not belong to the Church understand that Pope Francis wishes to set in place a real renewal of the Church and they wish him well.What inspires Pope Francis in his desire for renewal? There is a danger that each person would try to impose their own idea which may well be other than the Pope’s vision of authentic renewal.In...

Originally from Manila, 37-year-old Dandin Espina had always thought he’d be a minister in his Church, the Pentecostal Church of God, but God, he says, had other plans.“I was in seminary,” he says. “I had thought I’d be a pastor, but realised God called me to do social action, rather than to do theology,...

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