Catholic Youth Ministry Ireland, which the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and the Dominicans are part of, organised a recent event called Arise, for young adults. They chose Knock as the venue, because of the central role it plays in the Irish Church.
“We wanted something where people could come and experience something of that same sense of community found in World Youth Day”, explained Fr Alan Neville MSC, one of the chief organisers.
The day had two keynote speakers, including Sr. Susan Jones CHF, chaplain to one of the country’s largest homeless charities. She spoke to the group about what compassion in action looks like. In gentle, sometimes humorous, sometimes unflinchingly honest tones, she shared her experience ministering to people out of home and her encounter with God in those she served.
Fr. Brendan Kilcoyne, from the Archdiocese of Tuam, talked about the legacy of our Church in Ireland, the good and the bad, and the challenge to continue the mission now more than ever. In addition to the talks there was also lively music ministry, some drama, and a range of workshops that included drumming, prayer, overseas development, music, and faith development.