On 23rd May, the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero will take place in Rome.
Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador, was assassinated on March 24th , 1980, whilst celebrating Mass in a small chapel in a hospital.
He had always been close to his people and preached a prophetic gospel. He denounced the many injustices in his country, and supported the poor and the development of social groups.
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.
On the evening of Sunday 26 April, Vocations Sunday, over three hundred people from throughout the Diocese and beyond gathered in Saint Eugene's Cathedral to mark the Year of Consecrated Life. This marked a significant moment in this year for on this day the names of those in consecrated life present in the Diocese and of those men and women who originally come from this Diocese and now minister in other parts of the world were displayed in the Cathedral. These names were gathered over the last number of weeks from throughout the Diocese and beyond.
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."