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Faithcast is the weekly faith podcast from www.catholicnews.ie, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Initially published fortnightly the podcast is now available weekly on Mondays. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news from the Catholic Church in Ireland.

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Episode archive: 

September 2019: 

August 2019 

Episode 54 [1 August 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Peter Sands of Youth 2000 who shared his hopes for their Summer Youth Festival in August. This episode also featured an interview with Father Dermot Lane, a theologian and a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin as well as a member of the Laudato Si’ Working Group of the Bishops’ Council for Catechetics. Father Lane gave an overview of the resources this group has prepared for the Season of Creation 2019 and he also shared his thoughts on the theology of caring for our common home.  The faith news featured the annual Reek Sunday Pilgrimage; Pope Francis’ call for the international community to act with speed to address the issue of migration and the loss of life from the migrant boats; Bishop Brendan Kelly’s shock and dismay at the vandalism of a mosque in Galway city and Pope Francis’ surprise visit to an elderly nun recovering from surgery!

July 2019 

Episode 53 [25 July 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Una Allen of Towards Peace on the spiritual support service they provide to those whose faith has been damaged as a result of the abuse they suffered. The faith news featured a look forward to the annual Croagh Patrick pilgrimage led by Archbishop Michael Neary; the ordination of Bishop Michael Router in Armagh; Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly’s welcome for the Extraordinary Mission Month in October; the message of hope in the re-consecration of the Sri Lankan church after it was damaged in a terrorist attack last Easter Sunday; and, the WMOF2018 winning Best Conference at the Event Industry Awards in Dublin.

Episode 52 [18 July 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Gerard Bennett of the Oblate Pilgrimage to Lourdes about the history of the pilgrimage and the special draw that Lourdes has for people of faith, especially those who are sick.  The faith news featured the statement from the Catholic Bishops in Northern Ireland in which they expressed alarm at the push to remove the rights of the most vulnerable; the appointment of Father Michael Duignan as Bishop of Clonfert; Bishop Denis Nulty’s search for Ireland’s favourite prayer;  the ordination of Father Michael Router as Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh; and, the appointment of Matteo Bruni as the new Director of the Vatican Press Office. 

Episode 51 [4 July 2019]: This episode of Faithcast marked the 50th anniversary of the Irish Church Music Association Summer School which took place in early July in Saint PAtrick’s College, Maynooth. The interviews are all about music and the liturgy and include an interview with Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dromore, who pays tribute to the ICMA and speaks about the importance of good music as well as moments of silence in the liturgy. We also had interviews with some of the participants in the summer school and samples of some of the music workshops. You will hear Dr Gary Carville from Clogher Diocese speaking about the importance of the summer school as a resource for parishes and dioceses; Sister Marie Dunne, a Holy Faith Sister who was a tutor at this year’s event and she speaks about the importance of preserving Irish Church music and enabling new pieces to be composed. You will also hear Ciaran Coll, a young teacher who was also a tutor at this year’s summer school. Ciaran spoke about the importance of the summer school in nurturing talent and creating the choir directors and Church musicians of the future.  Also included in this special episode of the podcast is a flavour of the spectacular music that echoed through the halls of Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth during the days of the summer school. 

June 2019: 

Episode 50 [27 June 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to John Hayes, a Volunteer Marriage Preparation Course Facilitator with Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG. This episode also featured an interview with Father Sean Corkery of the Dicoese of Cloyne on the pilgrimage relating to adult studies of the Catechism at Knock Shrine.  The faith news featured the upcoming ordination of Father Fintan Gavin as Bishop of Cork and Ross; The Irish Church Music Association Conference and Summer School 2019; Comments made by the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations about the need for patience, tolerance, wisdom, courage and leadership in countering terrorism against religions; and, comments by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop Eamon Martin following the announcement of the acceptance by Pope Francis of the resignation of Bishop Raymond Field as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin. 

Episode 49 [20 June 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry on Catholic Youth Ministry in an Irish context. This episode also featured an interview with Natalie Doherty and Tomás McNamara, who represented the Irish Church at this week’s International Youth Symposium in Rome.  The faith news featured the Summer General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference; Pope Francis’ messages for World Mission Sunday and for the Third World Day of the Poor; and, a project in the Parish of Clane – Rathcoffey that will see them supporting a Syrian family in making their new home in the parish. 

Episode 48 [13 June 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, the Bishop of Waterford and Lismore about a new diocesan pastoral plan. The faith news featured the Summer General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference during which the bishops expressed concern about the rising number of incidents of racism, xenophobia and religious intolerance in Ireland; Pope Francis’ comments about his desire to visit Iraq; and, the finals of the Trócaire Game Changers competition 2019. 

Episode 47 [6 June 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bernadette Sweetman from the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education about a three-year project which aims to explore the nature, scope and potential of adult religious education and faith development for adults in Ireland.  The faith news featured Bishop Brendan Leahy’s call for prayers for those sitting the Leaving and Junior Certificate exams; Pope Francis’ reflection on his visit to Romania; and, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s comments on how gangland violence has taken on an unprecedented level of depravity in the past few weeks in Dublin.  

May 2019: 

Episode 46 [30 May 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Archbishop Eamon Martin on the #ThyKingdomCome prayer initiative and to Sean Coll from the Diocese of Kilmore on the visit of the relics of Saint Oliver Plunkett.  The faith news this week featured the ‘Believers in the Digital World: Opportunities for Mission’ seminar that took place in Maynooth ahead of World Communications Day 2019; Pope Francis’ message for the World Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees; and an online survey by the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education on religious education and faith development for adults in Ireland. 

Episode 45 [22 May 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Sean Corkery, Director of Adult Faith Formation in the Diocese of Cloyne, and with John Hayes from the same diocese who also works in the area of adult faith formation. Fr Sean and John have developed a programme called Grow in Love of the Lord which is aimed at the parents and families of children who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time. They spoke to Brenda about the importance of reaching out and connecting with these parents so as to help them to rediscover the joy of their own faith as they support their child in preparing for these sacraments. The faith news this week featured the bishops’ statement on the European elections; A symposium for young leaders on Christus vivit in Dublin; the bishops’ statement on the Divorce Referendum; the announcement of the theme and dates for the World Meeting of Families 2021 in Rome; and, Pope Francis’ comments on healthcare including the practice of conscientious objection and the need for all medical personnel to see those who are in the healthcare system as ‘a person, unique and unrepeatable’ and not just a number. 

Episode 44 [16 May 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Pamela McLoughlin from Veritas Publications about their 50 years in publishing and some of their new titles for 2019. The faith news this week featured the statement from the leaders of Ireland’s main Churches on the talks between Northern Ireland’s political parties to restore the devolved institutions; Bishop Donal McKeown’s homily for Vocations Sunday 2019; The Vatican’s call for the promotion of the family as the fundamental and basic unit of all societies; a survey of Sacramental practice in the Archdiocese of Dublin finds that there is a strong demand for parents and parishes to play a much great role in preparing children for sacraments;  and Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG’s ‘THANK YOU’ to its volunteers nationwide during National Volunteering Week. 

Episode 43 [10 May 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Willie Purcell, National Coordinator for Diocesan Vocations ahead of Vocations Sunday on 12 May. The faith news featured Irish bishops’ tributes to Jean Vanier; Pope Francis’ motu proprio on abuse; Archbishop Eamon Martin’s Pastoral Letter for Vocations Sunday; The appointment of Father Michael Router as Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh and Bishop Dermot Farrell’s homily for the State Commemoration at Arbour Hill this week.

Episode 42 [2 May 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Mary Johnston, a Specialist in Counselling (Marriage and Relationships) with Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG. The faith news this week featured Archbishop Eamon Martin’s address to students in Trinity College Dublin about making a difference and using their talents to get ‘stuck in’ to the problems in our world; Pope Francis’ comments to hairdressers and barbers about gossiping; the new pilgrimage season opening on Lough Derg; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s homily at Mass in solidarity with the Sri Lankan Community in Dublin; and Pope Francis’ comments on scripture bringing God’s breath into the world.

April 2019: 

Episode 41 [16 April 2019]: This episode of Faithcast was a special edition for Holy Week featuring a reflection by Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin on Spy Wednesday and one from Father Vincent Sherlock of Achonry Diocese on Holy Week.  The faith news featured the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris; Archbishop Eamon Martin’s appointment as Apostolic Administrator of Dromore Diocese; the celebration of Dawn Masses on Easter Sunday from Clonmacnois to Clontarf and Murrisk Abbey to Monaghan; and, Pope Francis’ comments to Catholic students about smart phone addiction and bullying. 

Episode 40 [11 April 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Tomás Surlis, Rector of the National Seminary at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  The faith news this week featured the celebration of the Chrism Mass in Clogher Diocese for the first time since 2016; the appointment of Father Fintan Gavin as Bishop of Cork & Ross; The tragic death of Trócaire’s Sally O’Neill following a road accident in Guatemala; the Good Friday Walk of Witness led by the Archbishops of Dublin; the Way of the Cross meditations to focus on human trafficking this year; and, Father Tim Bartlett’s ‘Faith Matters’ article in the Irish News on how Lent is an ideal time to reflect on the challenge of ecological conversion at a personal and parish level.

This episode of the podcast continued to profile our #LiveLent initiative and this week featured Bishop William Crean of Cloyne responding to the question: How can we best #LiveLent 2019?

Episode 39 [4 April 2019]:  In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Ms Anne Coleman, Specialist in Marriage Education with Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service CLG. The faith news this week featured Bishop Donal McKeown’s welcome for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation ‘Christus vivit’ – his letter to the world’s young people that represents the fruits of last October’s Synod; Trócaire’s humanitarian work responding to Cyclone Idai; Pope Francis to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Support with prisoners in a correctional facility outside of Rome; and, the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network releases the April Prayer intentions video focusing on the presence of doctors and health-care workers in war-torn areas.

March 2019: 

Episode 38 [28 March 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Caoimhe DeBarra, CEO of Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church, about this year’s Lenten campaign and their humanitarian response to Cyclone Idai. The faith news featured Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Christus vivit – his letter to the world’s young people that represents the fruits of last October’s Synod; Bishop William Crean’s call for support for Trócaire’s Lenten campaign in order to bring relief to people affected by Cyclone Idai; Archbishop Eamon Martin’s comments at the funeral Masses for the three teenagers who died tragically on Saint Patrick’s Day in Co Tyrone; the Kenyan Franciscan who won the 1 million US dollars Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize; and, details of Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week. 

The podcast also profiled our #LiveLent initiative and featured Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe responding to the question: How can we best #LiveLent 2019? Bishop Monahan’s response was offered in both English and Irish.  

Episode 37 [21 March 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast Brenda spoke to Bishop William Crean about his Lenten Pastoral Letter entitled What are you doing on Sunday?  The faith news featured Bishop Alan McGuckian’s article about Brexit in the current issue of The Tablet; Archbishop Eamon Martin’s statement following the tragic deaths of three teenagers in Co Tyrone on Saint Patrick’s Day; Pope Francis’ General Audience catechesis on the ‘Our Father’; Parishes being encouraged to champion the message of Laudato Si’; and a very special restored crozier dating back to 1921 in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.  

This podcast also profiled our #LiveLent initiative and featured Bishop Larry Duffy of Clogher responding to the question: How can we best #LiveLent 2019?

Episode 36 [14 March 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Dermot Farrell, Bishop of Ossory about his Lenten pastoral letter on finding a pathway for parishes.  Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe shared a reflection for Saint Patrick’s Day 2019.  The faith news featured the statement from the Spring General Meeting of the Bishops’ Conference; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s address for the annual Trócaire lecture in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth; Pope Francis’ message for Vocations Sunday 2019; the new home for the altar and ambo used at the WMOF2018 Closing Mass in the Phoenix Park; and, the sixth anniversary of the election of Pope Francis.

Episode 35 [7 March 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, about how we can #LiveLent 2019 and about a new resource on the Mass that the Diocesan Commission for Liturgical Formation has produced as a focus for parishes for Lent 2019. The faith news featured the Our Parish, Our Common Home Laudato Si’ event on 12 April; the theme for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees on 29 September; Bishop Brendan Leahy on Lent 2019 as a time to take stock and make a new start; Pope Francis’ Ash Wednesday homily in which he describes Lent as a wake-up call for the soul; the annual Trócaire/SPCM Maynooth lecture which will be delivered this year by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on 12 March; and, Archbishop Eamon Martin’s invitation to the faithful to #LiveLent 2019.

February 2019: 

Episode 34 [28 February 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Colm Hogan, Church Outreach Officer with Trócaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church, about this year’s Lenten campaign. The faith news featured the Pope’s schedule for Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2019; the appointment of Francis Keaney as the new Diocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Kilmore; and, an appeal from the Catholic and Church of Ireland Archbishops of Dublin for the return of remains stolen from St Michan’s Church in Dublin.

Episode 33 [ 19 February 2019]: This episode of Faithcast had a special focus on the Vatican meeting on the protection of minors.  Ahead of his departure for the meeting on the protection of minors in the Catholic Church, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, offered a message to survivors and victims of abuse.  As part of his preparations for this week’s Vatican meeting, Archbishop Eamon engaged in numerous face to face consultations and discussions with survivors of abuse across the four provinces of Ireland. He also received feedback in writing from survivors and from the lay faithful.  Archbishop Eamon has shared an audio recording of his message to survivors of abuse with Faithcast. 

The faith news featured the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of abuse and the candle of atonement initiative; Pope Francis’ prayer request for the meeting on the protection of minors; and, an iCatholic.ie special series related to the special meeting on child safeguarding in Rome. 

Episode 32 [14 February 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, about the Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of abuse and his expectations for the special meeting in Rome to discuss child safeguarding. Brenda also spoke to Bishop Denis Nulty, President of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service, at the Shrine of Saint Valentine in Dublin where this week he blessed engaged couple Emer and Killian and facilitated the release of the 2018 returns for Accord’s marriage preparation and marriage and relationship counselling. The faith news featured the Diocese of Clogher’s welcome for their new bishop; Accord’s release of their 2018 returns for marriage preparation and counselling; Pope Francis’ appeal to government leaders to confront the causes of human trafficking; and, the recognition of a miracle attributed to Cardinal John Henry Newman clearing him for canonisation.

Episode 31 [7 February 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Darren Butler, National Co-ordinator of the Irish Bishops’ Drugs Initiative about their work and their involvement in the Dublin Diocesan World Day of the Sick seminar in All Hallows on Saturday 9 February. The faith news featured the final preparations in the Diocese of Clogher for the episcopal ordination of their new bishop; the faith-filled farewell to Father John Cummins in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin; Pope Francis’ visit to the United Arab Emirates; and, Foyle Search and Rescue service taking ownership of one of the cars used by Pope Francis during his visit to Ireland for the WMOF2018.

January 2019: 

Episode 30 [31 January 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father John McCarthy, Administrator of Saint Coleman’s Cathedral in Cobh (Diocese of Cloyne) about this year’s centenary celebrations for the cathedral. The faith news featured Archbishop Eamon Martin’s welcome for Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day 2019 on cyberbullying; Pope Francis’ reflections on WYD Panama at his weekly General Audience; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s homily at Mass for ‘Panama in Dublin’; and Trócaire’s 2019 poetry competition on the theme ‘Land is Life’. This week’s podcast also included a Blessing of Saint Brigid for her Feast Day on 1 February.

Episode 29 [23 January 2019]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, about World Youth Day 2019 in Panama City. The faith news featured Archbishop Eamon Martin’s invitation to the faithful to share their views with him ahead of a universal Church summit on safeguarding in Rome next month; Catholic Schools Week 2019; the launch of a new Vatican Athletics team; the new book from Veritas on Father Patrick Peyton, the Rosary Priest; and, Pope Francis’ new prayer profile on www.clicktopray.org.

October 2017:

Episode 28 [6 October 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel & Emly, about Mission Month 2017. Brenda also spoke to Father Willie Purcell about the promotion of vocations in the context of World Meeting of Families 2018. The faith news this week featured the annual Faith and Life Convention in the Diocese of Down and Connor; comments by the Irish Bishops’ Conference on the human devastation caused by alcohol abuse; the Autumn General Meeting of Bishops; and, Archbishop Eamon Martin’s statement on the death of former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave RIP.

September 2017: 

Episode 27 [28 September 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin and Day for Life delegate about this year’s Day for Life pastoral message. Brenda also spoke to Father Cathal Deery, a priest of the Diocese of Clogher, about the ‘Living With Suicide’ retreat on Lough Derg. The faith news this week featured Bishop John Kirby’s comments at a Mass to mark the 60th anniversary of the Irish Chaplaincy’s work to support Irish emigrants in London; the annual meeting of National Directors for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Refugees which took place in Rome from 21 – 23 September; the appointment of Father La Flynn as Prior of Lough Derg; Archbishop Eamon Martin’s comments at a special Mass in Inishowen for his great-uncle Edward Doherty and the estimated 250 people from the area who died in WWI; and, Pope Francis’ invitation to all of us to ‘Share the Journey’ of migrants and refugees.

Episode 26 [14 September 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Petra Conroy from World Meeting of Families 2018 in an extended interview on the Amoris: Let’s Talk Family, Let’s Be Family programme. Brenda also invited Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe, to reflect on some of the more frequent questions he is asked about the WMOF2018 as we journey towards August 2018. The faith news this week featured the Annual Kilmore Diocesan Novena to Mary, Untier of Knots; Pope Francis’ reflection on his Apostolic Journey to Colombia; Bishop Kevin Doran’s comments on migration and refugees; Archbishop Eamon Martin’s comments on grandparents and WMOF2018 volunteers ploughing a new furrow at the National Ploughing Championships.

Episode 25 [5 September 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Chris Hayden, the new editor of Intercom magazine about the September issue. Brenda also spoke to Breda O’Brien, Teacher and Columnist with The Irish Times, about her new book Exploring Amoris Laetitia, which has just been published by Veritas. The faith news this week featured the WMOF2018 one year countdown event and Mass in Knock Shrine; The World Day of Prayer for the Care of All Creation and Bishop John McAreavey’s welcome of the joint message by Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew; The death of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor RIP; The meeting between a delegation from the Irish Bishops’ Conference and the Taoiseach and Government ministers; The Kildare and Leighlin Diocesan Family Picnic in Punchestown; and, Pope Francis’ visit to Colombia.

July 2017: 

Episode 22 [13 July 2017]:  In this episode  of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Eoin Wrenn, Trócaire’s Head of Region for east-Africa, about the emergency situation in east-Africa, where 25 million people are facing an extreme hunger crisis. She also spoke to Gary Carville, Diocesan Communications Officer in Clogher, about the importance of introducing young people to pilgrimage. The faith news this week featured Archbishop Eamon Martin’s comments on Fatima, Knock and Lourdes as hope-filled and challenging gifts to the faithful; the ordination of former Manchester United footballer Father Philip Mulryne; the new documentary from Trócaire This is Palestine; Claims by archaeologists that they have discovered the remains of the cell of Saint Columba on the Scottish island of Iona; and, President Michael D. Higgins’ tribute to the decision by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to organise special collections at churches to raise funds for people affected by the east-Africa hunger crisis.

Episode 21 [5 July 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Ephrem Feeley, the composer of ‘A Joy For All The Earth’, the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018, about his inspiration for the hymn. She also spoke to Dr Nicola Brady, General Secretary of the Irish Council of Churches about her recent visit to Colombia as part of an international delegation to experience how the Catholic Church there is seeking to respond to the call to be a field hospital in a society plagued by a culture of violence. The faith news this week featured the July 9 celebration of the Eucharist in Knock Shrine to mark the centenary of the Fatima apparitions; Archbishop Eamon Martin’s comments about standing up for your faith in his homily for Mass as part of the annual Festival of Saint Oliver Plunkett; Rev Professor Eamonn Conway’s appointment as visiting scholar to the University of Notre Dame in Western Australia; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s comments about being pro life at Mass for the protection of Life in Dublin last Saturday; and Pope Francis video message highlighting his prayer intentions for July.

 

June 2017: 

Episode 20 [28 June 2017]:  In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda speoke to Ireland’s youngest priest, Father David Vard (25), who was ordained to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin on Sunday 25 June. Brenda also speoke to Una Allen, Director of Towards Peace, one of the services that provides a response to abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland. The faith news this week featured Bishop Fintan Monahan’s comments about pilgrimage from the Killaloe Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes; The 9 July Mass at Knock Shrine to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima; Archbishop Eamon Martin’s comments about a new springtime of growth and abundance in faith at the conference marking fifty years of charismatic renewal in Ireland; Bishop Michael Smith’s celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for five members of the Irish community in Paris; The Rally for Life 2017 which is taking place in Dublin on Saturday 1 July; and, the Silver Jubilee of Pope Francis’ consecration as bishop.

Episode 19: [21 June 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Rev Dr Gareth Byrne about the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education in Dublin. Brenda also spoke to Bishop Kevin Doran about pilgrimage. The faith news featured the appointment of Father Michael Mullaney as President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth; the 9 July Mass in Knock to mark the centenary of the Fatima apparitions; the new ICBC Vocations Office; the appointment of Monsignor Hugh Connolly as Chaplain to the Irish College in Paris; and, the appointment of Father Chris Hayden as the new Editor of Intercom.

Episode 18 [14 June 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, about how the plans for the World Meeting of Families 2018 are progressing in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. Brenda also spoke to Father Richard Leonard SJ, writer and film critic. Father Leonard was in Ireland to promote his latest novel What Does It All Mean? which explores the grounds for faith, the challenges in believing, the problem of evil and lifetime lessons for prayer and the spiritual life. The faith news featured: Pope Francis announcement of date and publication of his message for the first World Day of the Poor; 48th Irish Church Music Association Summer School; Lough Derg invitation to families to come and spend time with them ahead of WMOF2018;  New book from Veritas on the life and legacy of Nano Nagle; and, Four Church leaders gather in Belgium to mark the centenary commemorations for Battle of Messines. 

Episode 17 [5 June 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, about his expectations for the World Meeting of Families 2018. Brenda also spoke to Father Brett Brannen, from the Diocese of Savannah USA. Father Brannen is in Maynooth this week giving the annual retreat to the Diocesan Vocations Directors. The faith news featured: The statement by the Catholic Bishops in Northern Ireland in advance of the Westminster Parliament elections on 8 June;  The 48th annual Irish Church Music Association Summer School; The statement from the Missionary Society of Saint Columban opposing the USA’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement;  Trócaire’s garden with a conscience winning a Silver Medal at the Bloom Festival;  Ecumenical Bible Week 2017; and, Pope Francis’ prayers for the victims of the terror attack in London.

This podcast also featured the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families 2018 which was launched in Dublin on 1 June. The hymn ‘A Joy For All The Earth’ was written by renowned Irish composer Ephrem Feeley from the Diocese of Meath.

May 2017: 

Episode 16 [29 May 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop John McDowell, Church of Ireland Bishop of Clogher, about the Irish Council of Churches and the Irish Inter-Church Meeting. Brenda also spoke to Anne Potter an already signed up volunteer for World Meeting of Families 2018 about why she decided to sign up for this once in a generation event. The faith news featured: The statement by the Catholic Bishops in Northern Ireland in advance of the Westminster Parliament elections on 8 June;  The 48th annual Irish Church Music Association Summer School;  A Kildare and Leighlin parish’s message to the community that ‘It’s ok not to be ok’; and, the ordination of a former landscaper as deacon for the Diocese of Meath.

 

Episode 15 [24 May 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Archbishop Eamon Martin about the theme of this year’s World Communications Day message ‘Communicating Hope and Trust in our Times’ in the aftermath of the Manchester terrorist attack. She also heard from Father Bernard McGuckian SJ about what the beatification of Father John Sullivan means to the Jesuit family in Clongowes Wood College in Co Kildare and she learns more about the life and ministry of the new Blessed John Sullivan SJ. The faith news this week included: The launch of the volunteer and host a family programme by the World Meeting of Families 2018; Pope Francis going door to door to bless the homes of Catholics in a Rome suburb; The Fan the Flame gathering of 2000 Confirmation children in Derry Diocese; and, Pope Francis receiving President Michael D Higgins at the Vatican. 

Episode 14 [18 May 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin about his pastoral letter on vocations, clergy and lay participation in the diocese. Brenda also spoke to Brian Quinn, Chair of the Bishops’ Committee for Sacred Art and Architecture, about a National Competition for Religious Art in the Home. This week’s faith news focused on: The appointment of Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo as Papal Nuncio to Ireland;  Bishop Kevin Doran’s welcome of a new religious community to the Diocese of Elphin; The visit of the Coptic Orthodox Leader, His Holiness Pope Tawdras II with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin;  A bishop in Scotland’s request to young people to ‘slow down’ so as they can have time to think about some of the more important questions in life; and, Pope Francis’ catechesis on Christian hope.

Episode 13 [9 May 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Richard Gibbons, Rector and Parish Priest of Knock Shrine about a special pilgrimage from Knock to New York relating to the story of John Curry, the youngest of the Knock witnesses. Brenda also spoke to Father Willie Purcell about a new vocations prayer initiative to coincide with the centenary of the Fatima apparitions – #Pray4Vocations. This week’s faith news focuses on a choral concert in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth with the concert choir of the University of South Carolina; the final preparations for the beatification of Father John Sullivan SJ; Home for Good? – the new report on returning emigrants by Crosscare Migrant Project; the 2FM Breakfast Republic’s visit to Palestine and Israel with Trócaire; and Archbishop Eamon Martin’s address in the University of East Anglia as part of the Newman Lecture Series in which he expressed his concern that decades of service by countless religious sisters and priests to the education and healthcare of the people of Ireland and all over the world is almost obliterated by a revised and narrow narrative that religious ethos cannot be good for democracy.

Episode 12 [2 May 2017]:  In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Richard Gibbons, Rector and Parish Priest of Knock Shrine about whether pilgrimage is still as popular with Irish people. Brenda also heard from Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe on why pilgrimage is important for people of faith. The faith news focused on a choral concert in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth with the concert choir of the University of South Carolina; A Papal TED Talk; the re-opening of Lough Derg for the 2017 pilgrimage season; and, the publication of ‘A Little Book of Ledwidge’ , one of the latest offerings from Veritas.

April 2017 

Episode 11 [25 April 2017]:  In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Sinead Keane from Trócaire about the impact of their recent Lenten campaign. She also spoke to Declan O’Brien from Focolare about family matters, which is the title and theme of a gathering taking place this coming Saturday in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The faith news focused on Archbishop Eamon Martin’s prayers for ‘miracles of mercy’ which he spoke about in his homily for the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in Knock Shrine; comments of Bishop Denis Nulty on faith; Pope Francis’ tribute to modern day martyrs; and, Bishop Brendan Leahy’s tribute to the late Rev Professor Michael A. Hayes, the president of Mary Immaculate College who passed away on Easter Saturday.

Episode 10 [18 April 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Willie Purcell about a new vocations prayer initiative. She also focused on Archbishop Eamon Martin’s Easter Message. The faith news focused on the ordination of deacons in Rome for the Archdiocese of Dublin and the Diocese of Clogher; The broadcast of services for Easter from Sligo Cathedral; and, Pope Francis Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) for Easter 2017.

Episode 9 [10 April 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast Brenda spoke to Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, about how we can best live Holy Week 2017. She also spoke to Father Vincent Sherlock who shared his thoughts on the meaning of Holy Week. The news snippets focused on Archbishop Eamon Martin’s remarks at the annual Mass for the Disappeared; the washing of the feet by Pope Francis this coming Thursday in Paliano prison; Father John Murray’s new book Saints for the Journey which offers saintly inspiration for everyday life; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop Michael Jackson to lead this year’s Good Friday Walk of Witness through the streets of Dublin; and, the opening of the Pope’s laundry for the poor and the homeless.

Episode 8 [3 April 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Francis Duffy about sustaining faith in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois. She also spoke to Pamela McLoughlin from Veritas about one of their new publications The Cross of Addiction, which is edited by Deacon Barry Matthews.  The news snippets focused on Pope Francis’ letter of invitation to the faithful to take part in preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018; Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week and Easter; a special family day at Knock Shrine; and, Pope Francis’ inspirational words on the grace to be witnesses of life and hope in a world that is thirsting for it.

March 2017 

Episode 7 [27 March 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, about living Lent 2017. She also spoke to Ruth Kilcullen, Communications Officer with APT (Act to Prevent Trafficking) about The Gift Box initiative. The news snippets focused on Archbishop Eamon Martin’s address on the importance of faith in the public square; Knock Shrine’s Mass for Donor Awareness Week; Bishop Francis Duffy’s pastoral letter on sustaining faith in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois and Pope Francis’ invitation to ‘look to the light of Christ’.

Episode 6 [20 March 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, about how we can #LiveLent 2017. She also spoke to Sister Marie Dunne CHF, about her new instrumental collection called ‘Ripples of the Divine’. The news snippets focused on Archbishop Eamon Martin’s message for Saint Patrick’s Day; Knock Shrine’s celebration of families on 8 April; Bishop Paul Tighe’s address at the Texan Tech Conference; Pope Francis’ comments about Saint Joseph and, 24 Hours for the Lord 2017.

Episode 5 [14 March 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe, about living Lent 2017. She also spoke to Pamela McLoughlin, Publicist with Veritas Publications about some of their resources on Saint Patrick. The news snippets focused on the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference Spring General Meeting, the conclusion of Archbishop Charles J Brown’s time as Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, the anniversary of the election of Pope Francis, the Joy of Bells initiative and the death of Bishop Eamonn Casey RIP.

Episode 4 [6 March 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Finola Finnane of Trócaire about this year’s Lenten campaign and to Father Vincent Sherlock about his new booklet on ‘The Stations of the Cross’. The news snippets focused on the #LiveLent initiative 2017, The Bishops’ Conference presentation to the Citizens’ Assembly, Emmanuel 2017 in the Archdiocese of Dublin and Pope Francis’ words about the bible and smartphones!

February 2017 

Episode 3 [13 February 2017]: In this episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Tim Bartlett, Secretary General of the World Meeting of Families 2018 about a ‘joy of love’ initiative and about what Pope Francis had to say recently about Saint Valentine’s Day. Brenda also spoke to Mary Johnston of Accord Catholic Marriage Care Service about the effects of technology on marriage and family like and asks if it is time to switch off. The news snippets focused on an Art for Faith exhibition in Maynooth, World Day of the Sick and Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2017.

January 2017 

Episode 2 [29 January 2017]: In this second episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Father Tom Deenihan about Catholic Schools Week 2017 and to Brian Quinn about a seminar on art and architecture on 9 February. Brenda also heard from Archbishop Eamon Martin and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin about their Ad Limina meeting with Pope Francis in Rome.The news snippets focused on World Youth Day 2019, World Day of the Sick and Pope Francis’ message for World Communications Day 2017.

Episode 1 [15 January 2017]: In this first episode of Faithcast, Brenda spoke to Maria Kane from Trócaire and Tony Brennan from the Pope John Paul II Award. The news snippets looked at the Bishops’ Ad Limina visit, Catholic Schools Week 2017, World Day of Migrants and Refugees and the upcoming Synod on young people and vocational discernment in 2018.

 

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