April 18, 2018

Letting go…moving on

I am sitting in my old bedroom in my childhood home for the very last time and feeling a queer mix of emotions. The room is almost bare, following the…

April 10, 2018

St Cuthmans

I am on retreat for two days at a beautiful place in Sussex called St Cuthmans. I have a large room that overlooks a lake, around which ducks are swooping…

March 19, 2018

St Patrick’s Week in prisons (and other places)

Our special event at Wormwood Scrubs was my third prison visit in a very busy St Patrick’s Week. Earlier in the week I’d dashed off from our Irish Chaplaincy ‘Coffee…

March 5, 2018

The Beast from the East

The so-called ‘Beast from the East’ brought to the UK and Ireland sub-zero temperatures, travel chaos and…the wonderful gift of snow. When I looked out of my bedroom window one…

February 19, 2018

Lent- A Journey of Love

My intention was to not drink any alcohol during Lent (with my Catholic upbringing the concept of giving something up for Lent is deeply ingrained). But Ash Wednesday this year,…

February 5, 2018

St Brigid

I attended two quite different events on February 1st to celebrate the feast day of St Brigid who as well as being (with Patrick and Columba) one of the three…

January 5, 2018

Unexpected Gifts

If, following the birth of my children, three strange people had turned up at the door with shining and sweet smelling but totally impractical presents, I’m not sure what I…

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December 14, 2017

A Light in the Darkness

I was at the Ethnic Chaplains Christmas meal this week (in the middle of December) at the Italian Chaplaincy and got chatting to Andreas the new German Chaplain in London…

December 4, 2017

Embassy Celebrates the Chaplaincy

The latest event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Irish Chaplaincy was a reception at the Irish Embassy at the end of November. The new Ambassador Adrian O’Neill spoke…

November 16, 2017

Wormwood Scrubs

As part of Traveller History Month in June, the Irish Chaplaincy organized an event at Wormwood Scrubs prison in London for Irish Travellers. After a competition (with cash prizes on…

November 6, 2017

Buen Camino

My Camino journey, which began in St Jean Pied de Port in the French Pyrenees over 2 years ago, came to an unexpected but blessed moment of completion on the…

October 13, 2017

Irish Chaplaincy on Pilgrimage

There is a good tradition in L’Arche, my previous organization, of going on pilgrimage. Each year in May or June the normal routine of life is put to one side…