New podcast on the Catechism

15 Jan, 2020 | News

A lecturer in Systematic Theology at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare has launched a new podcast on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The podcast, which is entitled Catechism with Fr Neil, is produced and presented by Father Neil Xavier O’Donoghue.

Each day Father Neil is sharing a short five to ten minute audio podcast for the 366 days of 2020. In each episode he reads a few paragraphs of the Catechism of the Catholic Church together with a short reflection. Father Neil hopes to work his way through the whole book over the course of a year.

Speaking to Father Neil said, “I am relatively new here to the Faculty of Theology at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth and I wanted to do something for my students to help them to grow in their faith starting with the basics. As I was preparing the content anyway I got to thinking why not share it with a wider audience? That’s how the podcast came about.

“I am getting about 300 listens each day. The podcast episodes are designed to be accessible to people regardless of where they are at on their faith journey. You can begin with any month of the year and listen back to those episodes you have missed.”

The podcast is available on SoundCloud, Spotify, the Apple Podcast Store as well as in the Google Podcast Store. Search for “Catechism” and “Neil” and it should appear as one of the options.

Father Neil is originally from Ballincollig, Co. Cork, Ireland. He was formed for the priesthood in Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Kearny, NJ. In the year 2000 he was ordained to the ministerial priesthood for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. After Ordination, he served as an associate in Our Lady Queen of Peace, Maywood for two years, and, from 2002 to 2013, as Prefect of Studies at Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary in Kearny, NJ. In 2013 he returned to his native Ireland on loan to the Archdiocese of Armagh where he helped establish the new in Redemptoris Mater Seminary located in Dundalk, Co. Louth, where he served as Vice Rector (during that time he also ministered in Holy Redeemer Parish, Dundalk and in various parishes in South Armagh). In 2018 he took up a new assignment as a Lecturer of Systematic Theology at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare and on weekends he often celebrates Mass in Ballincollig Parish, Co. Cork.

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