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St Patrick’s Novena – Newry Cathedral

Date: 8th to 16th March 2016



Tuesday 8th March, 7.30pm, ‪Newry‬ Cathedral
Reverend Philip Carder was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of ‪#Armagh‬ in September 2014 after a lifetime of senior management in industry. His ministry is in our neighbouring parish of Lower Killeavy.

Wednesday 9th March, 7.30pm, Newry Cathedral
Dean Kenneth Hall, a native of County ‪‎Tyrone‬, was Instituted as Church of Ireland Rector of ‪#‎Enniskillen‬ and Installed as Dean of ‪#‎Clogher‬ in 2010. Dean Hall has worked hard to bring all the main denominations together and works very closely with his Catholic counterpart, Monsignor Peter O’Reilly. Dean Hall was instrumental in organising the first visit of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh to a Catholic Church in Ireland in 2012.

Thursday 10th March, 7.30pm, Newry Cathedral
Sister Deirdre McKenna, from Killeeshil Parish outside ‪‎Dungannon‬, is a Sister of ‪#‎Mercy‬ and a professional social worker. After serving in Nigeria for eight years, she returned to Ireland. Sister Deirdre, known to many as ‘Dee’, worked with Orana Child and Family Centre for a number of years, then seven years with Southern Area Hospice as a palliative care Social worker. Deirdre recently took up a post with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in the Community Specialist Palliative Care Team.

Novena-speakers2016bFriday 11th March, 7.30pm, ‪Newry‬ Cathedral
Fr. Desmond O’Donnell is an ‪Irish‬ Oblate priest who ministered for 28 years in ‪Australia‬ and served for 12 years on the Central Council of the Oblates in ‎Rome‬. His most recent book is ‘Gospel Conversations’ published by Dominican‬ Publications.

Saturday 12th March, 6pm, Newry Cathedral
Fr. Michael McGuckian, from County ‪Antrim‬, joined the ‎Jesuits‬ in 1967. He has worked in a secondary school in Ireland and taught theology in ‪Africa‬. Since coming home he has worked as a hospital chaplain and in community administration, and is currently writing a book on the teaching of ‪Vatican‬ II on the universal call to holiness and the religious life.

Sunday 13th March, 5.30pm, Newry Cathedral
Fr. Edward McGee is a priest from the Diocese of ‎Down‬ and Connor. Since 2003, he has been an associate lecturer within the Department of Religious Studies in St Mary’s University College, ‪Belfast‬. He is also currently Director of Studies in St Malachy’s Seminary, Belfast and Director of Communications for the Diocese of Down and Connor.

novenafinalMonday 14th March at 7.30pm, Newry Cathedral
Majors Marjory and John Parrot, of the Salvation Army, are a husband and wife team who first came to Newry in 2012. They have previously ministered in Yorkshire, London, the Czech Republic and ‪Dublin‬. Marjory was ordained in 1986. John was ordained in 1996. John trained as a Registered Nurse before becoming a minister. John and marjory have developed community programmes in the city, including the Newry Knights The Salvation Army and Home Call, a service that befriends and visits senior citizens.

Tuesday 15th March at 7.30pm, Newry Cathedral
Breige O’Hare is an Ignatian spiritual director based in ‪Belfast‬. She has been working throughout Northern Ireland in ‪faith‬ and community development with groups and congregations for nearly twenty years and has published two books: ‘The Nearness of God: Rediscovering God’s love and longing’ and ‘Whole Parish Catechesis: Faith development for the Fainted Hearted’. Breige is married with two children.

Wednesday 16th March at 7.30pm, Newry Cathedral
Fiona and Ed Collins are a married couple from Belfast and are responsible for the Emmanuel Community in Ireland. Fiona is a teacher in the Belfast Hospital School and Ed is a Primary School teacher. Together they are involved in promoting Adoration in parishes and schools. Fiona and Ed will be familiar to many as they played a key role in planing and delivering our parish mission last December.

Newry Novena 2016

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