Magis for World Youth Day

Posted on 01. Oct, 2015 in Community, Pilgrimage, Young people

World Youth Day in Poland next summer will take place in Kraków in 2016.  Niall Leahy SJ will be there with a group of 30 or so students who will take part in Magis, the Jesuit preparation programme for World Youth Day. He describes it as an experience with 2,000 other young people who will […]

Doing Pilgrimage

Posted on 17. Jul, 2014 in Meditation, Pilgrimage, Uncategorized

Michael McCullagh CM, spiritual director in Maynooth College has recently returned from doing the Camino. Prior to going on Camino he did a pilgrimage in Lough Derg. Here he talks with Miriam Gormally about how his inspiration to do the two pilgrimages and the difference between them.

Using Music To Spread The Word

Posted on 03. Oct, 2013 in Church Teachings, Gospel Values, Music, Youth

The 2 founders of Elation Ministries Seán Feeney and Paul Keogh both talk about their faith and their motivation and love for music and using it as a means to serve and spread the Good News. Elation Ministries are a highly acclaimed group who aim to bring the Gospel to people through music and song. […]

Taking Time Out

Posted on 01. Aug, 2013 in Pilgrimage

Many of us would love a chance to get away from it all and have some peace. For many, pilgrimage is the best choice for this. One of the most renowned and arguably challenging pilgrimages is Lough Derg, but every year it brings in crowds. Philomena Doherty from Donnybrook in Dublin has completed the three-day […]

Lough Derg: spiritual bootcamp

Posted on 25. Jul, 2013 in Pilgrimage, Spirituality

Lough Derg, the Sanctuary of St Patrick, is a unique island of pilgrimage, in a small lake in County Donegal. Laura Byrne speaks to Fr. Robert McCabe, staff priest on Lough Derg and a chaplain in the Irish Army, about the enduring and increasing appeal of pilgrimage despite the strict routine and austere practices. Fr. […]

Stories from Medjugorje

Posted on 22. Nov, 2012 in Pilgrimage, Uncategorized

Medjugorje: what it means to me is the title of the book edited by Louise Hall. In it she recounts the experiences of people from all over the world, including her own mother, who was the first Irish woman to bring people on pilgrimage there after receiving help and consolation in raising her own child with […]

Lightening your Load

Posted on 04. Oct, 2012 in Pilgrimage

Doing a pilgrimage is a way many people reconnect with a spiritual understanding of life. Jo Smith recently returned from the Camino, where she had an insight into her life as being too busy and full and how she needed to be more simple and spiritual. She explained more to Miriam Gormally.

The Pope’s Children

Posted on 08. Sep, 2011 in Spiritual, Youth

David McWilliams talks with Ian Poultan about the values of The Pope’s Children, referring the baby boom that coincided with Pope John Paul II’s visit to Ireland.

Grandparents pilgrimage ‘09

Posted on 02. Sep, 2009 in Family, Grandparents, Irish - knock, Lough Derg, Croagh Patrick, Pilgrimage, Relationships

Being a grandparent is becoming more difficult. And when it comes to faith, it can be very complicated. Many grandparents see that their children are not being raised in the Faith that meant so much to them. Catherine Wiley is organising a Grandparent’s pilgrimage in September to Knock taking place on the 13th of September. […]

Knock Summer Youth Festival

Posted on 08. Jul, 2009 in Church Teachings, Festivals, Irish - knock, Lough Derg, Croagh Patrick, Young people

This year the Knock Summer Youth Festival runs from July 23rd-26th, it is open to all people between the ages of 18-35.  This is the eighth year the festival has been held and it promises to be a weekend like no other.  Over the four days there will be talks, workshops, music, drama, mime, prayer, […]