Saint Patrick's Day in Ireland

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Joy and Gratitude

I woke up this morning with the opening verse of Psalm 44 in my heart and on my lips" "My heart overfloweth with a goodly theme; I shall sing my ode to the King." Quite simply, I am happy, and immensely grateful to be here in Ireland on this feast of Saint Patrick.

Divine Providence

Since arriving here I have witnessed a succession of little miracles, signs of the Father's loving providence. It is very humbling to see first-hand how close God is to those who seek Him, attending to every detail and providing for every need. Yesterday, together with J.B. Kelly, a young American from Missouri, and Frank Brennan, a stalwart Irish volunteer I spent the day at Stamullen, and met there with our brilliant architect, Mr. Buckley. The work has begun! Mr. Buckley's plans set before my eyes a vision of what the monastery will be: a place of chaste beauty, of light, of simplicity, and of harmony. His plans for the restoration and renovation of the priory church are, in every way, worthy of the house of the Lord.

David Craig Writes to You

On the other side of the Atlantic, my good friend, and now our chief fundraiser, David Craig, has also been hard at work. Specifically for Saint Patrick's Day, Dave wrote a letter of appeal that comes straight from his heart. You will find that letter here. I am full of gratitude to David Craig for reaching out to all of you, readers of Vultus Christi, and for saying, in his words, exactly what needs to be said.

Holy Mass Offered for You Today

I will offer Holy Mass today for all the Oblates, friends, and benefactors of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle that, following Irish custom, will be called more familiarly, Silverstream Priory, after the village in County Meath where it is located. I entrust David Craig's appeal to the intercession of the glorious Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, and to that of Saint Thérèse, who has shown herself such a powerful advocate in this adventure of faith.

Thank you for taking the time to read David Craig's letter, and thank you for responding to it generously. It is time to render love for love.


I am so very grateful for your remembering us in your Mass and prayers today, Father. Please be assured of my continuing prayers for you and "this adventure of faith." St. Patrick, St. Brigid, Blessed Columba Marmion, pray for us! (our daughter Bridget's birthday today as well...!)

...and "Beannachtai na feile Padraig oraibh!"

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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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