Other Activities in Ireland
We went on Pilgrimage to the Holy Land at the end of April 2010 As usual we visited the sites associated with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, but also visited the living stones, especially where the Lieutenancy has funded projects. During the 2010 visit we visited Haifa and met Archbishop Paul Sayah whose seminarian we are financially assisting in his studies. Our role in Ireland in seminarian support is quite significant. Lack of space has precluded some seminarians commencing priestly training and the Irish funding is of a “concrete” nature in that we have taken on responsibility for the refurbishment of the Patriarchal seminary in Beit Jala.
Those on Pilgrimage visited the seminary. A particular item of note was the participation of Chev Kevin Kilduff who visited all the sites and churches in Israel and Palestine , notwithstanding his incapacity in a wheelchair. His exemplary pilgrimage, accompanied and assisted by his two sons, was a source of inspiration to all.
From the 4th to the 6th of June 2010 four of our colleagues accompanied the Holy Father and the Grand Master whilst on Pilgrimage in Cyprus . In September and at the invitation of the Lieutenant of Scotland 24 members travelled to Glasgow where while cloaked we participated at the outdoor Mass in Bellahouston Park on the first day of the Holy Father’s memorable visit to Scotland and England.