A special Mass for returning missionaries and their benefactors will take place this Sunday at 2.00pm in Saint Joseph’s Oratory at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare. The Mass is one of a number of celebrations organised by World Missions Ireland to mark October as ‘Mission Month’.
Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, will be chief celebrant at the Mass and will preach the homily. The Mass will be attended by Irish missionaries who have ministered in Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and Oceania, as well as donors to World Missions Ireland and Sister Elizabeth Murphy, general secretary of the Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland.
Following the Mass, an exhibition will be held highlighting the work of Irish missionaries in Kenya, spanning the last 100 years from 1916 to 2016, arranged by Mrs Brona O’Neill, wife of His Excellency Dr Vincent O’Neill, Ireland’s Ambassador to Kenya.
October is Mission Month. Since 1926, the Church has traditionally remembered its universal mission during this month. This year Mission Sunday will be celebrated globally on the 22 October. The theme for Mission Month is ‘Reach Out and Spread the Joy.’ Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, chair of the Council for Missions of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, spoke with Brenda Drumm about Mission Month 2017 on this week’s Faithcast, which you can listen to here.
World Missions Ireland is the official mission outreach charity of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It supports missionaries and mission projects in up to 80 countries throughout the world. For more information on the work of World Missions Ireland, please see www.wmi.ie.