Earlier today (November 7th) the bishops of the Tuam Province (Archbishop Michael Neary, Bishops Brendan Kelly, Christy Jones, John Kirby, Martin Drennan and John Fleming) hosted a Day of Reflection and Prayer for the priests of the dioceses of Tuam, Achonry, Elphin, Clonfert, Galway and Killala) – close on 200 priests gathered to hear Fr Michael Paul Gallagher, S.J, who lectures in Fundamental Theology in the Gregorian University, Rome. Fr Michael Paul, a native of Collooney parish, led those gathered in a very powerful time of reflection. His use of multimedia served only to enhance the power of his presentation.
There was a freshness in the delivery that was rooted in lived faith, a lively sense of humour and a genuine desire to share.
Among many fine points made was a very good definition of Faith, where it is seen as a daily decision; against the thieves of hope, against the flight from depth and against a draining activism. He told us that faith can be seen in so many places if we’ve the eyes to see – from a baby’s first smile to the mute exchange between prayer and Christ in the Tabernacle – “we just sit and look at one another”
He led us through a Prayer form of assessing the day – where we’ve been in the day, where we are and to where we will go.
It is obvious he is both proud of and touched by the ministry of his Jesuit brother, Pope Francis. He used many of the photos that we have seen since Francis’ election as Pope. All of them speaking to man that cares, and deeply so, about people.
Cardinal Seán Brady joined us for the afternoon session of our gathering and was Principal Celebrant at Eucharist.
Thanks to Fr Stephen Farragher for sharing some of his photos for use on our site.
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