World Youth Day, founded by Saint John Paul II, is the largest gathering of its kind in the world. It is celebrated every three years, each year moving to a different country, with the Pope presiding over the event. WYD is an excellent opportunity for young people from across our diocese to come together, in fellowship, with other young Catholics from around the world, to share and engage in their faith.
In Thanksgiving for Religious Life: In this Year of Consecrated Life, on Sunday 26 April at 4.30pm in Saint Eugene's Cathedral, there will be a special Evening Prayer to open a Floral Celebration in thanksgiving for the contribution of religious women and men in this diocese. This is an opportunity to show the support of the diocese to those in religious life. All are very welcome to attend, especially those who have relatives who are in religious congregations and orders.
Lough Derg Pilgrimage Season opens Saturday 2nd May with One Day Retreats which continue on 3, 4, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 25, 25 of May. Advance booking is essential.
The Three Day Pilgrimage season begins on Friday 29th May. You can begin the Three Day Pilgrimage any day between 29th May and 13th August. Pre-booking not required.
Dr Leonardi Franchi, Head of the St Andrew's Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education and Director of Catholic Teacher Education at the University of Glasgow, will deliver a public lecture titled:
"Preparing for Mission: Catholic Teacher Education in the Contemporary Church"
at St Mary's University College, Belfast on Tuesday 12th May 2015 at 7.00pm.
"Celebrate Easter today and for the next fifty days. It is good news, not just about Jesus but about us human beings. Just as the birth of Jesus showed his solidarity with us in his smallness, so Easter shows God's solidarity with us in our mistakes and in our reluctance to be outrageously generous in our way of life."
"We have to acknowledge across all the Churches that the current way of being Church may still attract considerable numbers of people – but it is failing to engage with the reality of many people's lives and is not permeating the heart of society."
Ladies and gentlemen, it is an honour for me – as Chair of the Irish Churches Peace Project – to be able to welcome you here to this important gathering. The formal project may have been in existence for under three years – but it genesis goes back much further. It was about 2008 that a group of faith-filled people recognised that the Churches in NI could – and ought to – be making a significant, consistent and distinctive contribution to peace building and reconciliation across NI. Despite smaller numbers attending Church regularly, our faith communities still have access to huge amounts of social capital and premises, as well as to local leadership. Furthermore, there was a recognition that, in many ways, religion and churches had also played a less than helpful role in creating and perpetuating our divisions.
The first National Safeguarding Children conference took place in the Sheraton Hotel in Athlone on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February 2015. Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland delivered the opening address to the conference on Friday 27 February. To read the address, Download Here