Next week the Irish Chaplaincy, which is based in London, is running a retreat from 3 to 7 August via a daily Zoom video-call at 9.30am for forty minutes. The content for the retreat will include a reflection from a member of the Chaplaincy team, a song and a Taizé chant, a short time of silent prayer, and a blessing.
Themes for the daily reflections will include: come to the hills, his hands in mine, living life to the full, and looking ahead with hope.
According to Eddie Gilmore, the chief executive of the Irish Chaplaincy, “Our week-long retreat will be held for forty minutes each morning next week. Our aim is to offer people a chance to take a little bit of sacred time and space within their ‘normal’ daily life – which for everyone has been far from normal in recent months! During the week we hope to receive a blessing from Cardinal Vincent Nichols, and on another day from Bishop Paul McAleenan. Anyone is welcome to attend, and to do so please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Bishop Denis Brennan is chair of the Council for Emigrants of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference which includes the Irish Chaplaincy in London. The Chaplaincy (http://www.irishchaplaincy.org.uk/) was established by the Bishops’ Conference in 1957 as the Irish Emigrant Chaplaincy. Today, the Chaplaincy provides an outreach service to three core groups: elderly Irish people (the Seniors’ Project); prisoners and to Travellers.