During the week I had the pleasure of meeting a number of priests from the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore. I had been asked to give some input through their days of annual retreat. I hadn’t met many of them before but knew one or two of those who were there. I have to say I really enjoyed the few days, not least because of the welcome received and the openness shown to the few words and ideas I shared. We gathered in Glencomeragh House – an excellent retreat facility in the care of the Rosminian Order. It is a spectacular setting in a place called Kilsheelan, between Clonmel and Carrick-on-Suir. I had never been there before but felt totally at home there.
The walks were lovely and there are three “hermitages” on site. These can be used for private retreats. One of the priests was using one of them and showed me around. Incredible use of space and I’d say a good place to “clear the head”.
Anyway, took a few photos over the days so here they are – in no particular order.
During the week I celebrated Mass each day and, on Wednesday, I celebrated Mass for my mother (Mary) who would have been ninety that day. May she rest in peace. In remembering her, we remembered the parents living and deceased of all gathered for the retreat and indeed all deceased family members. It made me think about her and what life would be like for her had she been here to celebrate her 90th. It reminded me too of the 90th Birthday we had for Bill a few years ago. All in all, they had long lives. There is much to be thankful for. God rest them both.
On Friday it was announced that Eamon Martin, a classmate of mine from the Diocese of Derry has been appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh and will, in due course, succeed Cardinal Seán Brady. Needless to say, I wish Eamon every blessing at this time. It’s certainly a big undertaking but I’ve no doubt he has what it takes. Eamon was very musical when we were in Maynooth and added much to our Liturgies. I sent him an email yesterday and told him it might be time to start playing an instrument again!! I’ve no doubt he’ll find the right notes.
So another week over and a new one about to kick in. We’ll see how it goes.