CATHOLIC HOUSE OF FORMATION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE OFFICIALLY OPENED IN IRELAND
A NEW place of mission and evangelisation for young people in Ireland has been officially opened in the Diocese of Waterford and Lismore. The Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown, formally opened Holy Family Mission at Glencomeragh House, Co. Waterford on Friday Dec 2.
The grounds, previously home to the Rosminian order, have been transformed into a residential community for young people where the primary focus is academic and practical formation in the Catholic faith.
Holy Family Mission is a place for people between the age of 18 and 30 to discover and deepen their knowledge of the Catholic faith. Through the training and formation they receive they will be able transmit the faith in parishes and schools across the country.
Since October 23rd ten young people now live at Holy Family Mission in Glencomeragh House. Nine of the students are from Ireland and one has come from the USA. The pillars of Holy Family Mission include spiritual, academic and personal formation, community life and mission. The community will also host retreats for young people, families, individuals and groups.
Archbishop Brown said it was an honour to official launch the new and exciting initiative for the Church in Ireland. He said: ‘’Youth evangelisation is the most important task of the Catholic Church. I consider Holy Family Mission one of the green shoots in the Church in Ireland”.
Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan has supported the development of Holy Family Mission in his Diocese. On Friday night he highlighted the need not be afraid to take risks for the sake of the Gospel. He said: “‘I have seen first hand the joy of the young people who have come here and the core members. It is a living testimony to their search for Jesus and the desire to spread His joy to others’’.
This new project is the brainchild of Fr Patrick Cahill, Maura Garrihy and Patrick Reynolds. The founders have a broad range of experience in young ministry and evangelisation and want to help young people become effective, modern day disciples of Jesus Christ. Mission Director Maura Garrihy, 26, said: ““In order to be effective in sharing the Gospel we must know it and live it. Holy Family Mission is the first of its kind in Ireland and is a response to a deep desire in the young people we meet to know the beauty of what our faith is about. They (the young people) have seen and experienced how it helps them to live lives with purpose and they desire to share this with others.’’
Thank you to Nodlaig Lillis & Anne Marie MaGorrian for photography.
About Holy Family Mission: Holy Family Mission is both a place of formation for young people and a retreat house offering retreats for young people, families, individuals and groups. We train and equip young people to serve as youth ministers in schools and parishes across the country.
”I ask you instead to be revolutionaries, to swim against the tide…The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity and the joy which is so characteristic of you as young people.” (Pope Francis)
Ms. Maura Garrihy
Holy Family Mission,
Tel: 052 613 3181 / 086 169 3874