On February 1st, the Feast of St. Brigid and the vigil of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, over 100 religious women and men from communities throughout the Diocese of Cork and Ross joined with Bishop Fintan to celebrate Evening Prayer in the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Ann to mark the World Day for Consecrated Life
Other religious communities and people from all over the Diocese also participated via the Cathedral livestream. The Feast of the Presentation of the Lord is set aside in the Church as a special day to pray for women and men in consecrated life. Pope Saint John Paul II instituted the World Day for Consecrated Life in 1997.
Br. Denis Ahern OFM introduced Evening Prayer and acknowledged the appropriateness of gathering on the 1,500th anniversary of the death of St. Brigid. Br. Denis also mentioned the long and rich history of Consecrated Life in Cork and Ross.
The music and singing was provided by students from Presentation Secondary School Ballyphehane, led by Olivia Forde (Choir Conductor), Tom Doyle (Organist), Anne Dunphy (Organiser of Music), and Kerri Mullins (Teacher).
Sr. Celestina FMM read from chapter 4 of Luke’s Gospel which was a timely reminder that every baptised person is called to share the Good News with those whom they meet.
The ceremony included a blessing and sprinkling of holy water, during which Bishop Fintan spoke of the deep connection between baptism and vocation. The Diocesan prayer for Consecrated Life was prayed together.
Sr. Linda Ndidiamaka Ugwu MMM, Br. Theiva Sebastiyam Pillai FPM and Br. Anthony Sahayam Pillai FPM led the prayers of intercession.
Bishop Fintan emphasised the importance of Consecrated Life in our Diocese. He thanked Religious for their witness to the joy of the Gospel, and their service, and encouraged them to continue to pray for the renewal of the Church throughout the world and particularly in our Diocese.
Bishop Fintan and Canon John
Bishop Fintan blessing religious with holy water as a reminder of Baptism
Bishop Fintan with members of Presentation School Choir Ballyphehane with Olivia Forde Choir Conductor and Kerri Mullins Teacher
Bishop Fintan with members of the Carmelites Dominicans and Franciscans
Bishop Fintan with members of the Medical Missionaries of Mary and the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary
Br. Denis Ahern OFM introduced Evening Prayer
Celebrating World Day for Consecrated Life
Sr Celestina FMM reading from Lukes Gospel
Sr. Linda Ndidiamaka Ugwu MMM Br. Theiva Sebastiyam Pillai FPM and Br. Anthony Sahayam Pillai FPM led us in our prayers of intercession
World Day for Consecrated Life