Address by Bishop John Kirby at the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants Symposium: ‘Migration, Spirituality and the Human Journey’ held on 14 March at the Capuchin Friary Dublin
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The Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants (IECE) has published an Emigrant Information Pack for 2013. The Information Pack aims to assist parishes and dioceses in raising awareness about the issues affecting emigrants and to ask for the prayers and support of parishioners.
Content from the March issue of Intercom, including and article by Eugene Dugan introducing the work of the Irish Chaplaincy in Britain.
Bishop McKeown was in New York in November 2012 and the Irish Apostolate USA, in collaboration with the Aisling Irish Center and Project Irish Outreach, arranged for him to say Mass on Sunday 2 December in St Barnabas Church in the Bronx.
The Resource Pack includes emigration statistics, ways to remember emigrants in your parish and in the home, prayers of intercession, homily notes and Prayers for Emigrants.
A bookmark with prayers for Irish Emigrants and those who are far from home. These are available from the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants for parishes, prayer groups or individuals.
A report released by the Central Statistics Office in September 2012 provided details of the number of people who emigrated between April 2011 and April 2012.
A prayer resource for emigrants produced by the Council for Emigrants of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.
The Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants has prepared information which will equip our emigrants with material that will allow them make informed decisions as well as support them in their new life abroad.
Bishop Kirby: As both a priest and bishop who ministers in the West of Ireland, I have experienced countless waves of emigration.