Monday, 10th December 2018

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.”

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.

Choose Life! see chooselife2018.ie

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.

Candidacy 2018

Posted on 25. Feb, 2018 by in Carousel, Uncategorized

L to R: Mr Anthony Briody, Bishop Brendan Leahy, Mr Declan McGeehan

On the Feast day of the Chair of St Peter, Thursday 22nd February 2018, Bishop Brendan Leahy, Diocese of Limerick, conferred Candidacy on two of our seminarians, Anthony Briody of the Diocese of Raphoe and Declan McGeehan of the Diocese of Derry.

“Sanpietrini” Paving Stones by Steward Butterfield is licensed under CC BY 2.0

As Bishop Brendan reminded the two men, candidacy is that moment when a seminarian makes an unambiguous public statement of intent to continue on the journey towards ordination as a deacon and as a priest.

In his homily the Bishop recalled the story of the “Sanpietrini”, the black basalt cobble stone from which many of the roads in the centre of Rome are constructed. The word “Sanpietrini” translates literally as “little St Peters”, a wordplay referring both to the little cobblestones and to St Peter, the rock of the Church. Bishop Leahy reminded the new candidates that they are to be “Sanpietrini” for others to follow towards Christ. The candidate for diaconate and priesthood is to get himself out of the way so that in him and through him others may find the Lord Jesus. 

St Mary’s College Singers

Posted on 20. Feb, 2018 by in Carousel, Uncategorized

St Mary’s College Singers pictured with the Vice-Rector, Fr Paul Finnerty

On Sunday 18th February 2018, the St Mary’s College Singers visited the College. They sang at the Sunday Celebration of the Eucharist.

St. Mary’s College Singers, established in 2008, is a choir of 47 Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass voices from those that have a connection with St. Mary’s College C.S.Sp, in Rathmines, Dublin, an all-boys’ primary & secondary school, founded in 1890 and run by the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. We sing a wide variety of music, both sacred and secular, contemporary and classical. Our primary role is in supporting the liturgy in school masses, communion, confirmation etc, but we also perform stand alone concerts and carol services in both the school and in the community. We thoroughly enjoy singing and hope we give some of that joy to our community and audiences.

The highlight of our year has been our participation with the community and congregation, at Holy Mass, at the Irish Pontifical College Rome where we received a very warm welcome for which we are sincerely grateful to you all.

Go raibh mile maith agat agus síochán a bheith leat.

Visit of Archbishop Jorge Patrón Wong

Posted on 19. Jan, 2018 by in Carousel, Uncategorized

Archbishop Jorge Patrón Wong with Fr Paul Gitter and the seminarians from St John Vianney College Seminary

On Tuesday 16th January 2018, Archbishop Jorge Patrón Wong, the Secretary for Seminaries at the Congregation for the Clergy, visited the Irish College.

He visited a group of seminarians from the St John Vianney College Seminary, Minnesota, USA, who were concluding their “Semester in Rome” programme. This group spent the Autumn semester here at the Pontifical Irish College from September 2017 to January 2018. Their formation itinerary during their time in Rome included opportunities to make pilgrimages to the burial places of Ss Peter & Paul, cultural trips within the city, as well as throughout Italy and Europe, and including modules in philosophy, art & architecture, and the Italian language at some of the Universities here in Rome. We hope that they were enriched by their time here as much as the seminary community was encouraged and energised by their presence with us over the past few months. At the end of January a new group of “SJV men” will arrive to commence the semester here.

“Men in Christ. Men of the Church. Men for Others.”

Included in the picture is Fr Paul Gitter, who is the Director of Formation for the St John Vianney men at the Irish College.

More photos are available on the Irish College flickr stream.

Christmas Arrangements at the College

Posted on 13. Dec, 2017 by in Uncategorized

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Sunday, 17th December 2017: Mass as usual at 10.00am

Sunday, 24th December 2017: No public Mass at the College

Christmas Day, 25th December 2017: No public Mass at the College

Sunday, 31st December 2017: No public Mass at the College

Epiphany, Saturday 6th January 2018: No public Mass at the College

Sunday 7th January 2018: No public Mass at the College

Sunday 14th January 2018: Mass as usual at 10.00am

 

We, the community of the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, wish all the members of the Sunday Mass congregation and all friends of the College a blessed and happy Christmas.

Feast of San Clemente 2017

Posted on 11. Dec, 2017 by in Carousel, Uncategorized

Irish College Seminarians who served at the Eucharist celebrated for the Feast of San Clemente, 2017.

 

A Time for Priests 2017

Posted on 19. May, 2017 by in Uncategorized

“The Gospel of the Family. Joy for the World”

18th – 23rd September 2017

Pontifical Irish College, Rome

Photograph from Time for Priests 2016

Dublin has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018. This major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives; the fundamental building block of society and the Church. In preparation for this meeting, the Pontifical Irish College invites priests to come to Rome from 11th – 15th September 2017 in order to reflect on the theme of “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World”. The five days in Rome will include a series of talks and liturgies on the theme of the World Meeting along with guided visits to significant Churches and Basilicas, a day of spiritual recollection and reflection, a pilgrimage to an Italian shrine, along with an opportunity to attend a General Audience with Pope Francis.

Speakers and presenters include: Bishop Denis Nulty, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, Ms Deirdre O’Rawe, Fr Tim Bartlett, Ms. Anne Griffin.

The cost of the time is €700. Places are limited. A deposit of €300 is required to secure a place. Travel arrangements to Rome are the responsibility of participants. Transfers to the College from the airport are included in the price. Rooms are en-suite. Meals on a half board basis are included, with an opening and closing dinner. Those who wish to arrive early or remain following the conclusion of the time are welcome to do so, subject to the availability of rooms.

If you wish to reserve a place, please telephone the Pontifical Irish College main office number, +39 06 772 631 or email ufficio@irishcollege.org

A Time for Parishioners 2017

Posted on 19. May, 2017 by in Uncategorized

“The Gospel of the Family. Joy for the World”

18th – 23rd September 2017

Pontifical Irish College, Rome

Dublin has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families in August 2018. This major world event celebrates family as the cornerstone of our lives; the fundamental building block of society and the Church. In preparation for this meeting, the Pontifical Irish College invites parishioners to come to Rome from 18th – 23rd September 2017 in order to reflect on the theme of “The Gospel of the Family, Joy for the World”. The five days in Rome will include a series of talks and liturgies on the theme of the World Meeting along with guided visits to significant Churches and Basilicas, a day of spiritual recollection and reflection, a pilgrimage to an Italian shrine, along with an opportunity to attend a General Audience with Pope Francis.

The cost of the time is €700. Places are limited. A deposit of €300 is required to secure a place. Travel arrangements to Rome are the responsibility of participants. Transfers to the College from the airport are included in the price. Rooms are en-suite. Meals on a half board basis are included, with an opening and closing dinner. Those who wish to arrive early or remain following the conclusion of the time are welcome to do so, subject to the availability of rooms.

If you wish to reserve a place, please telephone the Pontifical Irish College main office number, +39 06 772 631 or email ufficio@irishcollege.org

Jubilee of Mercy Conference

Posted on 17. Oct, 2016 by in Uncategorized

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The Pontifical Irish College, Rome, will host a special conference at the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November 2016.

On Friday evening, at 20.00, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation will share his insights from his unique vantage point as the one tasked by Pope Francis to oversee the Extraordinary Jubilee Year. On Saturday morning, at 10.00 theologian Dr Mary McCaughey will speak on mercy and our understanding of God. After the coffee break, then at 11.15, Fr Roberto Cherubini of the Community of Sant’Egidio will speak about merciful outreach to the poor, drawing on his ministry to the poor in Rome. The celebration of Mass will follow, with buffet lunch to conclude.

Friday 18th November 2016:

(Chair: H.E. Emma Madigan, Ambassador of Ireland to the Holy See)

20.00: Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation: ‘Mercy: The Heart of the Church’s Life’

Saturday 19th November 2016:

(Chair: To be announced)

10.00 – 10.45: Dr Mary McCaughey, theologian: ‘Mercy and our understanding of God’

10.45 – 11.15: Coffee break

11.15 – 12.00: Fr Roberto Cherubini, Community of Sant’Egidio: ‘The street as our teacher: Learning the language of mercy from the poor.’

12.30: Mass

Buffet to conclude

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‘Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy. The Church’s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love.’ – Pope Francis, Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Misericordiae Vultus.