Last Sunday, as Bishop Paul travelled to Kilkelly for the celebration of Sunday Mass there, he caught up with some walkers from Derry. They were not just walkers, rather pilgrims on their way to Knock Shrine. They walked in steps that have been taken for more than three decades – initially taken in a quest for peace and more recently in thanksgiving for that peace.
He stopped to say hello to a few of them and realised that one of those with whom he stopped was Bishop Donal McKeown, the Bishop of Derry. A chance encounter but a meaningful one.
We continue to pray for peace and to give thanks for progress already made. We journey with the Derry Pilgrims to that Shrine of Knock and lay our petitions for peace and our prayers of gratitude at the feet of “Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland.”