St. Patrick

Posted on 12. Mar, 2020 in Festivals, St Patrick

St Patrick is a much-celebrated figure in Ireland. In this piece from the archives, Eileen Good speaks with Edmond Grace SJ, author of “The Story of St. Patrick,” published by the Irish Messenger Publication. Edmond discusses the value that St. Patrick has today for people all over the world and begins by talking about how […]

A Feminist St Patrick?

Posted on 15. Mar, 2018 in Christian Values, Feminism/Women in the Church, Gospel Values, St Patrick

St Patrick, Ireland’s national patron saint had plenty to offer to women. So says Soline Humbert a prominent member of “We are Church” with a particular interest in justice for women and exploring how they have been excluded from the Church. Like Saint Patrick she was a stranger in this land and like him she […]

Celebrating St. Patrick

Posted on 10. Mar, 2016 in Achievement, Christian Values, Community, Festivals, Gospel Values, Saints, St Patrick

St. Patrick is celebrated all around the world, with more and more cities organising parades. However, according to Dr. Brian Lacey, writer and historian, we don’t know very much about who St. Patrick really was. We do know that Christianity was very important to him, but, says Brian, the idea that he converted Ireland to […]

Who Was St. Patrick?

Posted on 14. Mar, 2014 in Christian Values, St Patrick

St Patrick? When you think of St Patrick and St Patrick’s Day what comes to mind for you? Are you exercised by our politicians flying around the world to represent us and promote our country? Do you perhaps think of family members or friends who are away from home at this time, maybe very far […]

Lough Derg

Posted on 26. Jul, 2006 in Church Teachings, Faith and Justice, Irish - knock, Lough Derg, Croagh Patrick, Pilgrimage, St Patrick

For thousands of years pilgrims have ‘done’ Lough Derg. Situated in Co. Donegal, Station Island, also known as St. Patrick’s Purgatory, is one of about twenty islands on the lake.  St. Patrick’s association with Lough Derg goes back to the earliest records and since the twelfth century legend has firmly established him there. Msgr. Richard […]