On Being a Priest in Contemporary Ireland

“Give your opinion about what a priest in Ireland needs to be at this time in our history.” I was asked to write an article on the above topic and as a result I found myself reflecting on what a long and expansive title it is. Do they not realise that I am not a theologian or scripture scholar or a philosopher or a writer but I am a simple missionary priest who is now living and working in Ireland?

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Travelling companions

To use a phrase from Pope Francis, all of us are called to wake up the world. How do we do this? By living and communicating the message of Jesus Christ. Our Missionary way of life is part of that communication of the Word, of how our humanity was saved through God’s loving action and how the way we live our humanity must reflect the loving kindness of God. Our life is missionary and our formation should not be oriented only towards personal growth but also how we are to care for God’s people. Hopefully our formation is not only to produce administrators or managers but people who are brothers and sisters and - ‘travelling companions’.

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Cameroon: Assembly of Mill Hill Missionaries

On January 17th the wonderfully international and youthful group of Mill Hill missionaries active in English speaking Cameroon came together for their annual assembly in the presence Fr Michael Corcoran General Superior and with the participation of Fons Eppink, Mill Hill correspondent.

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Lord you have seduced me.

Sr Sheetal Parmar She breezes in from Mamfe where, I am told, she made her mark at the bishops' meeting themed on Amoris Laetitia. On her way back to Kumbo where she coordinates the family life movement and a host of related programmes she stays the night at the Mill Hill guesthouse in Bamenda (NW Province, Cameroon).'You must talk to her, these nuns are truly amazing', Fr Nol Verhoeven mhm tells me when we disperse after supper. Sr Sheetal Parmar clearly is quite a phenomenon.

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Grant Writing Workshop

The Mill Hill Missionaries in the Philippines together with MHM MEP students, Mensa Domini Sisters, and two priests from the Diocese of San Jose, Antique had a three day Grant Writing and Fundraising for Missionary Projects Workshop held at MHM Central House in Iloilo City. Fr. Jimmy Lindero, our GC-Asia, facilitated the workshop. He presented the suggested steps to be followed in writing grant project proposal and how to write one. He also introduced the participants on different possible project partners and funders and how to apply for grant to their organizations.

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