Wednesday, 20th March 2019

Visit of Gospel Choir

Posted on 30. Apr, 2018 by in Carousel

The Gospel Choir of Our Lady of Victories – Images courtesy of Ciaran Butler

The Gospel Choir of Our Lady of Victories Parish, Ballymun Road, Dublin, visited the Irish College on Sunday 29th April. The director of the Gospel Choir, Ciaran Coll, wrote a new Responsorial Psalm for the occasion, dedicating it to the seminarians of the Pontifical Irish College. Ciaran is pictured below presenting his composition to the Rector of the Irish College, Msgr Ciarán O’Carroll. For more information about Our Lady of Victories Gospel Choir please click here

Msgr Ciarán O’Carroll, Fr Fintan Gavin, Mr Ciaran Coll – Images courtesy of Ciaran Butler

Lenten Charity Presentation

Posted on 23. Apr, 2018 by in Carousel

L to R: Ms Francesca Piana, on behalf of Lasallian World Projects; Msgr Ciarán O’Carroll, Rector; Mr John O’Laverty & Mr Mark O’Brien, Charity Officers

On Sunday 22nd April, the College community presented the proceeds of our Lenten Charity Collection to Ms Francesca Piana on behalf of Lasallian World Projects, the charity chosen by the College community this year. The total amount raised was €3,400. This was achieved in a number of ways: contributions from all residents of the College, from the Sunday congregation, through raffles at the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, and through our “Fasting Friday” initiative throughout Lent. This proceeds will go towards the building of a new secondary school in India. More information can be found here

College Gita to Genazzano

Posted on 16. Apr, 2018 by in Carousel

Mother of Good Counsel – Prayer Card from Genazzano

Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel – Prayer Card from Genazzano

On Sunday 15th April the whole College community made a gita to the Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Good Counsel, in the town of Genazzano, about an hour’s drive from the centre of Rome. The afternoon’s itinerary included a visit to the Castello Colonna, the ancient seat of the Colonna family and, for a time, the Borgia family. The town of Genazzano was famous for contributing a significant portion of its revenues to the building of the Basilica of St Mary Major in Rome. The Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel was built in the 13th century to recognise the town’s commitment to the great Roman Basilica of Mary. Later, in the 15th century, the image of Our Lady, Mother of Good Counsel, is said to have miraculously appeared in the Church. Over the generations since many Popes have had great devotion to Our Lady of Good Counsel. 

During our pilgrimage the Rector reminded us all, seminarians and priests alike, that what are needed today in the Church are seminarians and priests of virtue, men who live at the higher level. He exhorted us to pray fervently to Our Lady, Mother of Good Counsel, for the help that we need when making important decisions, for the assistance we need to live lives of virtue. 









Silver Jubilee Class 1993-2018

Posted on 11. Apr, 2018 by in Carousel

The Pontifical Irish College Silver Jubilee Class of 1993

On April 10th 2018, with joy and hope, the Rector and community of the Pontifical Irish College welcomed back the Silver Jubilee class of 1993. 

Fr Declan Hurley of the Diocese of Meath, and administrator of St Mary’s Parish, Navan, presided at a celebration of the Eucharist with the whole College community. In his homily Fr Declan reflected on the “yes” that each member of the 1993 class had made to the Lord in answering the call of the priesthood. He reminded us that it is only by God’s grace that we are able to make our own yes to the Lord and that, while we may make that yes naively at first, eventually, and by God’s grace, our yes is perfected and brought to fruition. 

Ordination to Diaconate 2018

Posted on 03. Apr, 2018 by in Carousel

Anthony Briody and Declan McGeehan lie prostrate before the Altar in the Basilica of St Prassede during Easter Tuesday’s Mass of Ordination to the Diaconate (Credit for Photo: John Briody)

Two seminarians of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, were ordained deacons on Easter Tuesday by Bishop Alan McGuckian, SJ, at the Basilica of St Prassede in Rome.

Rev. Anthony Briody, a former Human Resources Manager, was ordained for Raphoe Diocese, while Rev. Declan McGeehan was ordained for Derry Diocese.  Both men are transitional deacons, meaning that they are due to be ordained to the priesthood later. In recent years in Ireland, permanent deacons have also been ordained, so that deacons have become a more familiar presence exercising a unique ministry in the Church.

Deacons are ordained to a ministry of service, with a special concern for the poor and those in need. They also carry out various sacramental and liturgical roles in the name of the Church, such as baptising, assisting at the altar and reading the Gospel at Mass, preaching, presiding at certain occasions of prayer and at parts of wedding and funeral liturgies.

From L to R: Fr Tom Norris, Rev. Robert Smyth, Fr Paul Finnerty, Rev. Declan McGeehan, Fr John Coughlan, Bishop Alan McGuckian, Bishop Philip Boyce, Fr Joseph Briody, Rev. Anthony Briody, Fr Paul Gitter, Rev. Seán Mulligan, Msgr Ciarán O’Carroll (Credit for Photo: John Briody)

Family members and friends of the new deacons travelled from Ireland to be present at the ceremony. They were joined by seminarians from a number of other seminaries in the city who served the ordination Mass at the Basilica of St Prassede.

The Basilica was rebuilt in the ninth century and contains “the remains of Praxedes (Prassede), her sister, and innumerable martyrs.”

In his homily for the occasion, and drawing on the Gospel of Easter Tuesday, Bishop McGuckian reminded the two candidates of Mary Magdala’s capacity to follow the Lord even when it seemed as though all was lost. The Bishop exhorted the two new deacons to live a lifelong commitment to diaconal service especially after ordination as priests.

Holy Week and Easter 2018

Posted on 22. Mar, 2018 by in Carousel

The following are the times for the liturgies at the Pontifical Irish College for Holy Week and Easter 2018. All are welcome.

Holy Thursday, 29th March: Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 18.00.

Good Friday, 30th March: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 15.00.

Holy Saturday, 31st March: The Easter Vigil at 21.00.

Easter Sunday, 1st April: Mass at 10.00

Easter Tuesday, 3rd April: Ordination to Diaconate of Anthony Briody and Declan McGeehan at 10.00am in the Basilica di Santa Prassede, Via di Santa Prassede, 9, Rome.

St Patrick’s Day 2018

Posted on 11. Mar, 2018 by in Carousel

The Church of St Isidore, Rome

The annual St Patrick’s Day Mass for the Irish in Rome and all those devoted to St Patrick will be celebrated at St Isidore’s Church, Via degli Artisti, 41, on Saturday, 17th March 2018 at 10.00am. (There will not be Mass at the Irish College that day.) To view the location of St Isidore’s Church on the map, click here.

In the evening, the College community welcome you to a Ceiliúradh, a celebration of Ireland and St Patrick. You are invited to gather at the College at 6pm. Evening Prayer will be celebrated at 6:30pm followed by an evening of song, poetry and “craic”. Please send an email to if you intend to join us on the evening.

Lenten Charity 2018

Posted on 01. Mar, 2018 by in Carousel, Uncategorized

Each year the Irish seminarians choose a charity to help focus the lenten almsgiving and intentions of the community who live at the Irish College, as well as those who join the community for the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist. This year a member of our Sunday congregration, Francesca Piana, proposed a De La Salle Project in India as a charity to which we might consider donating. She shared the following information with us from Mr Tom O’Neill, the Lasallian Developing World Projects Co-ordinator:

“Our project this year is the expansion of the facilities in St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School Keelamudiman, Tamil Nadu, India. St Joseph’s Higher Secondary School educates 721 poor and disadvantaged students (410 boys & 311 girls) from the rural area of Keelamudiman. The school also offers vocational training programs for women and the La Salle Vidiyal hostel provides accommodation and access to education for 218 boys, the majority Hindu, and the girls’ hostel caters for 132 girls. Literacy in the area is only 27%, compared to the national average of 79.9%. St Joseph Higher Secondary School has set a target to reach 75% literacy in the area.

As this is a vast rural area our project will comprise building new accommodation for students so that they can stay in the school during each school term. There is a dilapidated building there at the moment where some students live but is not fit for human habitation. Many potential students live too far from the school and have no means of transport. Hence they are not being educated. We also hope to build a proper kitchen for cooking food. The kitchen currently comprises a dirty hut where the food is kept and all cooking takes place outside. Finally we hope to build study facilities for the students. Currently students study out in the vast field. You can imagine what that is like where temperatures never go below 32°C, where dust blows everywhere during the dry season and where no study can be done during the Monsoons.

The cost of the project is €92,000. I hope that you will be in a position to help Francesca. Every euro is a great help and all monies are accounted for in our audited accounts each year.”

Visit of Mary Immaculate College Students

Posted on 28. Feb, 2018 by in Carousel

Students from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, pictured with Bishop Brendan Leahy, Fr Paul Finnerty (L), Fr Tom Norris (R) and Dr Patricia Kieran (Front R)

On Thursday 22nd February 2018 students from the Faculty of Education at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, joined the College community for Mass. Our celebrant that evening happened to be Bishop Brendan Leahy of the Diocese of Limerick, whom the students know well.

The students are pictured here together with Bishop Leahy, Fr Paul Finnerty from the Diocese of Limerick and the Vice-Rector of the Irish College, Fr Tom Norris, our Spiritual Director, and Dr Patricia Kieran, Lecturer in Religious Education at Mary Immaculate College.

Forty Hours Solemn Eucharistic Devotion

Posted on 27. Feb, 2018 by in Carousel, Uncategorized

Santísimo by LaRedCultural is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

The Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion holds a special place in the spiritual life of the community at the Pontifical Irish College. During Lent, from Thursday 1st until Saturday 3rd March, the residents of the College availed of the opportunity to gather as a community before the Blessed Sacrament and to pray before the Lord in continuous solemn adoration.

This distinct time of prayer gave us time to deepen our appreciation of the importance of the mystery of the Eucharist in our lives. Forty is a significant number. Noah was on the ark for forty days. The Israelites spent forty years in the desert. Jesus fasted for forty days, and it is maintained that Jesus lay in the tomb for approximately forty hours from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. This period of prayer also reminded us of the length of time Jesus spent with his disciples between the Resurrection and the Ascension.

The Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion was a grace-filled opportunity for the College as we gathered together as a community to recognize the great gift we have in the Holy Eucharist. This Lent the intention of the community gathered in prayer over the days of the Forty Hours Eucharistic Devotion was the protection of all human life from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death.

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Throughout the period of Lent the community at the Irish College have committed to praying together twice a week for the same intention of the protection of all human life.