And in August 2015...
The President toured Ireland as a guest of Irish traditional Catholics visiting Cork, Limerick, Galway, Knock, Drogheda, Silverstream Abbey and Dublin.
There are strong signs of growth in the use of the traditional Roman rite in Ireland with the FSSP in Cork City and the Institute of Christ the King in Limerick and many other centres of tradition in other parts of Ireland.
|The President, James Bogle of Gilmorehill, |
with Rev Anthony Buckley and Very Rev Canon le Bocq, superior of the Institute of Christ the King
in Limerick outside their church which, although splendid, needs donations for some serious restoration.
The Institute has taken on the old Jesuit church in Limerick which is a beautiful church but in need of much restoration.
|Inside the church - very beautiful but in need of care and attention and your assistance with donations!|
Your donations to this important work will be greatly appreciated.
The Institute has a very young team working there and taking on a big challenge and deserve all the support they can get.
|At the shrine of our Lady of Knock with Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe. The Bishop has been generous in his application of the decree Summorum Pontificum|
Visiting the shrine of our Lady of Knock was another opportunity to meet local Catholics attached to the traditional Roman rite of the mass.
There is a regular traditional mass at the shrine with the approval of the parish priest.
|The President with the Parish Priest of Knock, Rev Richard Gibbons. |
Fr Gibbons was hosting his Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan that same day.
The Blessed Virgin appeared at Knock in the 19th century and the little town became one of the most famous shrines in Ireland the world. On the evening of Thursday 21 August 1879 15 people witnessed an apparition of our Lady, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist at the small parish church of St John the Baptist.
|The President with a grand-daughter and great-granddaughter of one of the Knock visionaries. |
The family still lives in Knock modestly and piously, despite the international fame of the shrine.
The President attended the simple profession of two young monks at the newly founded traditional Benedictine priory of Silverstream, near Dublin.
Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland, in the Diocese of Meath, is a community of monks living under the Rule of Saint Benedict.
|Simple profession of 2 young monks at Silverstream Priory |
to which the President was invited by the Prior, Rt Rev Dom Mark Kirby OSB
Under the patronage of our Lady of the Cenacle, the monks of Silverstream Priory devote themselves to the worthy celebration of the Sacred Liturgy (which St Benedict called the Opus Dei, or "Work of God"), in its age-old classical form - the traditional Roman rite - and to perpetual adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, the Eucharistic Face of Christ, in a spirit of reparation.
Their life of praise and adoration is marked by a heartfelt solicitude for the sanctification of priests The President was invited by the Prior of Silverstream, Rt Rev Dom Mark Kirby OSB, to be present at the Simple Profession of 2 young monks. It is always a moving occasion to see young persons dedicating their lives to fully to God and this was no exception.
|The 2 young monks having made their Simple Profession thank and praise God together with their brethren|
Silverstream Priory is a new foundation and, again, in need of donations and assistance and your generosity is warmly invited to assist this very important foundation, one of the most significant in Europe.
|The President with the Prior of Silverstream Priory, the Rt Rev Dom Mark Kirby OSB, |
and another monk of the Priory
The Priory is located outside Dublin in the former home of an Irish nobleman given to the foundation. Although a fine building, there is much work to be done by the small community of monks who wish to build a monastery in the tradition of St Benedict. They already provide generous hospitality to pilgrims who visit.
St Benedict, pray for us!