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Peter F Durnin, KC*SG, KM, GCHS, "Rosaire", Moneymore, Drogheda, Co Louth. A92 RF6F



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Investitures of Aine and Brendan O'Reilly, Ashbourne as Dame and Knight of the Order of St Sylvester Pope and Martyr.

Investitures of Aine and Brendan OReilly Ashbourne as Dame and Knight of the Order of St Sylvester Pope and Martyr

Chev John Howard after his investiture with his Diploma of Appointment

Chev John Howard after his investiture with his Diplom of Appointment

The Council of the Association after a meeting with the Apostolic Nuncio, H.E.Archbishop Okolo, on Wednesday 13 September 2017.

Apostolic Nuncio, H.E.Archbishop Okolo

The Council of the Association after a meeting with the Apostolic Nuncio, H.E.Archbishop Okolo, on Wednesday 13 September 2017.

Year of Faith

ethynneIn declaring the Year of Faith from 11 October 2012 and concluding on 24 November 2013, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter of October 2011, Porta Fidei reminds us that ‘The “door of faith” (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church’.

We are presented with an opportunity during the Year of Faith to experience a conversion, to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. We are invited to reflect seriously on our journey with God, to examine in what ways we are being invited to grow and change. The Christian calling is a life-long pilgrimage of faith. We can never say we have arrived, but that we are constantly journeying in search of God’s Light.

If we open our hearts, the Lord will bring our intentions to maturity. Giving in to negativity and pessimism only insolates us and closes the door to us and to others.

As baptised Catholics we have the opportunity to renew our baptismal call by living out the everyday moments of our lives with faith, hope and love. This everyday witness is necessary for proclaiming the Gospel to family, friends, neighbours and society.

During this Year of Faith may we accept the invitation to convert, to follow the Lord’s way, allowing ourselves to be shaped in and through His love.

And let us never forget, the door of faith is always open and welcoming.


The Eucharistic Congress 2012

pdurninThe 50th Congress took place in Dublin from 10 to 17 June, 2012. Immediately prior to the formal opening, a theological Conference took place in St Patrick’s Pontifical College, Maynooth. The Congress itself was based on the Campus of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) at Ballsbridge, in the southern suburbs of Dublin City. The concluding ceremony, the Statio Orbis, took place at Croke Park, the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), adjacent to the residence of the President of the Congress, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. Members of the Papal Orders were involved in the Congress, as attendees, speakers, and backroom administrators. Chev Liam Cosgrave, Grand Cross Pian Order, former Taoiseach, who attended the Congress of 1932 as a schoolboy, attended the June event.

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The Pope’s Irish Battalion – Battalion of St. Patrick

jmcdonaldIn 1860, 1,400 Irishmen travelled to Italy in response to Pope Pius IX’s call for help in thwarting Italian efforts to seize Papal Lands.

Up to the mid-nineteenth century Italy was a patchwork of small independent states, each influenced to a degree by neighbouring super powers such as France and Austria. A uniformitarian movement took hold in the 1850’s, however, with Giuseppe Garibaldi and Giuseppe Mazzini included among its leaders. Key to their aims was the annexation of the Papal States, a vast territory interposed much like a wide band across the middle of the Italian peninsula. With no viable military force to protect his lands, an increasingly worried Pope Pius IX issued a call to Catholics throughout Europe for men and arms to raise an army in his defence.

By March 1860, Papal Emissaries had arrived in Dublin to recruit an Irish battalion to serve the Pope. At the forefront of this effort was an alliance between Count Charles McDonnell of Vienna, a ‘Chamberlain’ to the Pope, and Alexander Martin Sullivan, the Editor of the national newspaper. Within a matter of weeks, the resultant recruitment committee had organised rallies in support of the Pope throughout the country, and more than £80,000 was collected (equivalent to £5 million today), most of it channelled to the Vatican through the Irish Pontifical College in Rome. Sermons from the pulpits of parish churches also acted as conduits for the call to arms that emanated from St. Peter's Square.

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