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Easter in Éire

Hello from Wexford! We hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Lent felt quite long this year, but Holy Week at Clonard passed by in a flash! Brendan and Jena’s families came to visit, and we each spent the week after Easter in different ways; relaxing, recharging, traveling, and I’ve spent a lot of time […]

“The Name of God is Mercy”

Hello there from Dublin, friends! It’s been a little while since we have last checked in with you all, but I assure you that this is with good reason! Rikki, Susanna, and myself have been fairly swamped with all of the ministries and responsibilities of the Parish and O’Connell House as of late, including First […]

Guten Tag from Wexford

Hello from Wexford – there has been a lot of excitement here over the past few weeks and the best is yet to come! Sacramental preparation is in full swing with First Confession at bat, Confirmation on deck, and First Holy Communion in the hole. (I couldn’t think of any rugby or hurling analogies so I had to stick […]

Catechesis, Confirmation, and More!

January and February have been full months for Teach Bhríde Dublin, complete with accompanying the study abroad students on a trip to Sligo to attend the Yeats Winter School, our final catechesis session with our Confirmation students, Confirmation preparation with the Harold’s Cross National School Choir, a Ceremony of Light for our Confirmation students, St. […]

Veni Sancte Spiritus

Veni Sancte Spiritus: Come Holy Spirit  Recently the Wexford crew has been busy preparing for the National Opera House Concert. Now published is the official Opera House Concert website:  https://operahouseconcert.wordpress.com/ . The website provides musical resources and details for the Ferns diocesan choir we have begun rehearsing with. Feel free to check it out! In […]

St. Brigid Brings the Year of Mercy

One commonly heard phrase in poem and song here in Ireland is that St. Brigid “brings the Spring.” She brings Spring weather (more rain….some sunshine…more rain), a season of washing away what was and of new life springing forth, but I like to think that this year, St. Brigid brings a special type of Spring […]

A New Year in Dublin

Blogged over afternoon tea in O’Connell House as I prepare for another Irish concert… Hello from Dublin! Now that we are well into the New Year, things have been moving right along in all aspects of our ministry and our lives in Dublin. A Christmas holiday with time alone and with family reenergized me for […]

Silent Night, Holy Night

A hearty hello and Nollaig Shona Duit from Dublin! Geoff here- last you heard from us in Dublin, Susanna was remarking on some of our post-Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas dealings in O’Connell House and Harold’s Cross, and now (hard as it is to believe), we are already through Christmas Day and entering into our 2 weeks […]

Nollaig Shona Duit!

Happy Christmas Everyone! This past Sunday the fourth candle on the advent wreath was lit signaling the end of the preparations, and the beginning of Christmas. Although the month of December seems to have flown by, this Advent season has truly been one of waiting, expecting, and hoping for the coming of Christ. In the […]

Advent Greetings!

Hello again! There has been a lot of excitement down here in Wexford since our last update.  Two weeks ago we were graced by a visit from Steve and Michele Warner and with them we made some exciting progress in our plans for the big opera house concert this spring.  After that Kristen, Jena and […]

November Highlights

Thanksgiving came at a good time this year. Exactly three months to the day that the House of Brigid fellows arrived in Ireland, we were all together again celebrating America’s beloved holiday which focuses on family, relationships, and all the things in our lives for which we are grateful. As many of the previous blog […]