The Armagh Archdiocese retreat was held in Dromantine, Newry on Sunday 15th April 2018. Father Pat Kelly was our animator. He gave two thought provoking talks. The first was about needing time to pray in our lives and taking faith from our own experiences. The second was about forgiveness and allowing the Holy Spirit to help with our difficulties. Father Aodhan McCrystal and Father Martin Kavanagh assisted with reconciliation and Mass. A lovely dinner was enjoyed by everyone. The gifts at the Offertory of Mass were small linens and a cope, all made by our ladies.
ELPHIN DIOCESE OF APOSTOLIC WORK. Here in Elphin Diocese most of the Branches of Apostolic Work are located towards the Southern end of the Diocese and in close proximity to Divine Word Missionaries at Donamon Castle, Roscommon, and we have always had good Missionary contact with them, so it came as no surprise last July when a lady who helps organises the Annual Family Day at the Castle approached Apostolic Work with an idea she had. Fr Norman Davitt, SVD would be celebrating 70 years as a Priest on 15th August, and presentations would be made to him on the Family Day by people/organisations from the local area. Fr Norman was born in Birmingham in 1921 and was ordained a priest in Techny, USA on 15th August 1947. When Mary approached us she had the idea of having a knitting group in Donamon on Family Day knitting a centimetre for every mile he travelled, but we thought about it and decided to knit a flag for every country he had lived in over his lifetime! Hence 2 ladies commenced knitting flags, England – his birthplace, Ireland – his home now, USA- where he did final Theology and Ordination, India – 8 years Missionary Work, Italy – Further study and Papua New Guinea – 9 years Missionary Work. Having completed the flags they were Crocheted together to form a wall hanging/small rug. Fr Norman was delighted with his most unusual gift, but Apostolic Work also put together a Lectern Fall, with the wording “Your Word is a Light for My Path” which now hangs in the Church in Donamon Castle. On the Family Day a young Chinese recently ordained SVD Priest was present and we presented him with a Sick Call set, which he was thrilled to receive.
At our June meeting Apostolic Work, Down & Connor celebrated Canon Brendan Murray's Diamond Jubilee. Canon Murray has been our Spiritual Director for nearly 50 years. Canon Murray said Mass which was followed by the presentation of a gift from the members and celebration cake. Everyone enjoyed a cup of tea and some light refreshements.
Our Annual Display was held in the Scout Hall, Ennis on Friday 10th June 2016 and continued on Saturday 11th June. The clergy of the Diocese, missionary orders, were among those who attended on the first day. Many missionaries spoke of their experiences abroad, and of the much needed help received from the Apostolic work over the years. The second day of the Display was open to the public and was very well supported. It was a huge success.
A nice picture of the Bishops of Wewak, Joseph Roszynski SVD, and Aitape, Otto Separy, friends and colleagues of Liam Dunne - It is lovely to see Bishop Joseph Roszhyski SVD wearing the Irish/Papua New Guinea vestment. This vestment was embroidered by one of the members of Apostolic Work Killaloe, for his Episcopal ordination.
Killaloe Apostolic Work Celebrated 60 years on Mission Sunday 18th October ,with Mass in Ennis Cathedral. Fr Michael Casey PP Cross and Carrigaholt, the Diocesan Spiritual Director, was the chief Celebrant and Fr Des Hillery, Diocesan Administrator and former Missionary in Peru, preached. Followed by refreshments in the Scout Hall.We had a great attendance on the day.