To Ireland

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Several years ago, the Reverend Mother of the Perpetual Adoration Convent in Drumshanbo, County Leitrim, invited me to preach a retreat to her community. This past autumn, His Lordship, the Most Reverend Colm O'Reilly, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, asked my Father Abbot at Santa Croce in Gerusalemme if I might accept the invitation. Father Abbot acquiesced, and so on Sunday evening I will be flying to the Isle of Saints and Scholars. The eight day retreat will end on Friday, February 15. I will return to Connecticut the following day. Will I have internet access in Ireland? I don't know. Is there wireless in Leitrim? I'll soon find out.

Before going to lovely Leitrim I plan on spending a few quiet days close to Our Lady of Knock, the Queen of Ireland. Our Lady's apparition on August 21, 1879, together with Saint Joseph and Saint John, in the presence of the Immolated Lamb standing upon the Altar of His Sacrifice, is one of the most significant Marian events of modern times.

I ask the kind readers of Vultus Christi to accompany me and to sustain my preaching with their prayers. Thank you, friends. Blessed Lent to all.


+Dear Father,
May Our Lady and all the angels protect, accompany,and bring you safely to Ireland and back. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please pray for us

We will miss you, Father. Please pray for us.

Have a grande time! Love to John! I'll be singing "Golden Rose, Queen of Ireland....!!!
Dia Linn! (God Bless, gaelic) Gra', Mary

Dear Father, safe journey and the Angels attend you!

Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, pray for us.

Father Mark,

Our visit to Knock last March seems like only yesterday. Have a wonderful trip. Please keep Melissa in your prayers. This is very urgent- she is fighting for her life. Please visit my blog for more details. God Bless.

Got a note from Fr. Mark:

Leitrim has been glorious . . sunshine nearly every day. God has blessed my preaching. Glory to His Mercy! I return to the US on the evening of 16 February.

Father Mark

The original chapel in the Poor Clare Nuns' monastery in Drumshanbo was so beautiful, so glorious. I am shocked by what they've done to it!

So am I, Lisa. The devastation of so much beauty. The nuns did not do it. It was imposed on them from above in the wake of Vatican II. The same happened in countless churches in Ireland.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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