The International Eucharistic Congress 2012
The 50th. Congress took place from 10th to 17th June 2012. Members of the Lieutenancy were involved in the Congress in various ways, at the opening ceremony, as speakers at various sessions, in the liturgies, participation at the Eucharistic Procession, Driving liturgical VIPs, hosting an “at home for Holy Land Pilgrims” and of course as a formal body at the Statio Orbis, the closing ceremony in Croke Park.
The Lieutenancy facilitated the attendance of Christians from the Holy Land at the Congress.
34 Holy Land Pilgrims attended, led by Bishop Shomali. They were from both the Latin and Orthdox traditions and resided variously in Jerusalem Bethlehem and Jordan. During the course of the visit the Pilgrims were guests of the Lieutenancy in the home of a Dublin based member.
His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal spoke on in Dublin on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. During his homily he said:
"As a reminder of our communion with one another in suffering, I come to you as the shepherd of Christ’s little flock, (Lk 12:32) who suffer in the land of the promise, the land of the new and modern promises and international resolutions, that were never fulfilled. It is the land that first witnessed the fulfillment of God’s plan, to redeem his creation in the Incarnation, suffering, death, Resurrection and Ascension of the Son of Mary, our Virgin Mother."
I am Patriarch of the city of Jerusalem, where the Sacrament of the Eucharist took place, and where our Lord “took bread… broke it and gave it to [his disciples], saying ‘This is my body which is given up for you. Do this in memory of me.” (Lk 22:19) The Eucharist originated in the Upper Room, in my Diocese of the Holy Land, where the miracle started, where your Mother Church is, and where your roots are. We renew in this Eucharistic Congress, the event that happened in Jerusalem. I feel at home with you, as we continue to celebrate the same event here in your midst. We are profoundly linked to this event.
Much has changed in this world after two thousand years. Yet the story is the same as it ever was. The Christians in Jerusalem at the beginning of the Church, were very few and found courage only in the presence of Christ. Today, we too, need to realize that Christ is with us, and find courage in His Presence. Though we are very few and diminishing in number, may we Christians in Jerusalem as well as all Christians, remain faithful where the Lord has placed us!
Christian Unity Week 2013
Rev Andrew McCroskery with HE. Nicholas McKenna after the Service.
To mark Christian Unity Week 2013 the Lieutenancy was invited, with others, by the Vicar Rev Andrew McCroskery, on Sunday 20th January to Choral Evensong in St Bartholomew’s Church of Ireland, Ballsbridge., Dublin 4.
The format of the service was biblical readings, the recitation of the creed, choral music and prayers. Amongst the prayers read by His Excellency Nicholas McKenna was the following
Walking with Christ in the way of the cross, we are conscious of the many places in our world that are torn apart by sorrow and suffering. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and for all communities where there is division and distrust. Grant to them O God, your peace which passes all understanding and prosper the work of those who work to establish your reign of peace.
Saint Bartholomew’s Church
Dear Mr Durnin,
Thank you so much for your participation in the Christian Unity Week Service. I hope that you enjoyed the evening and would be very grateful if you could pass on my thanks to the members of the Order. It was a great pleasure to meet you and to see so many people representing the Orders present on the night and gave us great hope that we can successfully build on this event for the future.
Thank you also for the photographs; we hope to put them up on the website shortly.
With kind regards
Annual Day of Reflection
Annual Day of Reflection> Each year the Lieutenancy assembles for a day of reflection. The day> commences with Morning Prayers and concludes with the Evening prayers of the Church and Benediction. Members receive presentations on various aspects of Christian life. Some of the reflections previously presented are available in the members area. In 2012 the Venue was Emmaus, in North County Dublin. Mass was celebrated there for members by His excellency the Apostolic Nuncio. Presentations were made to members on the Year of Faith by Most Rev'd raymond Field and on the Resurrection by the Rev'd Ruth Patterson.
Annual Investiture Promotions Ceremony, Vigil and Investiture Mass Maynooth
Annual Promotions and Admission Ceremonies
Each year the Lieutenancy gathers in St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Co Kildare, the seat of the Pontifical University and Seminary for its Chapter Meeting.
Over the weekend 20-21 July 2012 c250 members and guests gathered to witness existing members being advanced in rank, and these members noted the formal admission of six postulants, one dame and five knights.
The promotion ceremony commenced at 5.30pm in the College Chapel with Stations of the Cross, followed by conferral of insignia and diplomas of promotion by the Most Rev’d Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath and Grand Officer. Following the promotion ceremony, the postulants gave their promise of fidelity to the Order witnessed by His Excellency the Lieutenant, Nicholas McKenna. The Ecclestical Master of Ceremonies, Commander Vy Rev’d Feargal McGrady was awarded with the Gold Palm of Jerusalem for distinguished service to the Order.
Corpus Christi June 23rd. 2011
The Archdiocese of Dublin observed the feast of Corpus Christi with a procession through the grounds of Clonliffe College in Drumcondra. Bishop Raymond Field, KC*HS, led the procession at which Chevalier Brian Curneen and Chevalier Joe Tiernan assisted in carrying the baldacchino. H.E. The Lieutenant, returning specially from the Order’s Consulta in Rome led 29 Knights and Dames in procession.
The event was well attended with the congregation singing the Congress Anthem in advance of the International Eucharistic Congress. The homily referred throughout to the celebrations to be held during the IEC encouraging preparation, reflection and participation in the IEC.
Eastern Regional Mass Dunboyne 2011
On 4 June 2011 - 80 members and guests gathered at the Church of St Peter and Paul, Dunboyne for the Eastern Regional Mass. Bishop Michael Smith KC*HS presided and the chief celebrant was Bishop William Shomaly, auxiliary to His Beatitude the Latin Patriarch with Bishop Joseph Oudemane Grand Prior of EOHSJ Brisbane and auxiliary of Brisbane and clergy from the Lieutenancy.
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.
Each year there are regional events for the membership. Mass is the central feature of each event and there is usually a luncheon or supper organised. the Eastern Regional Mass serves the greater Dublin area the Northern and Western Masses are usually located in Belfast in May and Cong, Co. Mayo in Autumn respectively.
Eastern Mass with the Bishop of Jerusalem 4 June 2011 (See above)