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A View of "Lovely Leitrim," the Land of My Paternal Ancestors

Drumshanbo

In just a few hours I will be on my way to JFK International Airport in New York and, from there, will be winging eastward to greet the Irish dawn. My destination is Drumshanbo in County Leitrim where Father Dan L. and I will be staying at the lodge of the Franciscan Convent of Perpetual Adoration. Father and I will be spending the week before the Most Blessed Sacrament, seeking the light of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus for ourselves and for all priests.

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I will also be visiting my one remaining cousin in the "old country": John McKeon of Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim. John, now retired, attends Holy Mass on weekdays at Saint Patrick's Hospital, originally a "poorhouse" for the victims of the Great Hunger.

130th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady at Knock

Father Dan and I plan on going over to Knock in County Mayo for the celebrations surrounding the annual feast of Our Lady of Knock. This is the 130th anniversary of the apparition that took place on the evening of August 21, 1879. As I wrote in a post below, Knock is, in a very special way, a pilgrimage for priests. How fitting, then, that Father Dan and I should have the grace of being there during this Year of the Priesthood.

I am not sure that I will have internet access in rural Ireland. Do not be surprised, dear readers, if ten days pass without a post on Vultus Christi. I humbly ask for your prayers, and assure you of a remembrance in mine.

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Father, have a blessed trip and please recommend me to Our Lady at her shrine.

Father, that view of Leitrim looks beautiful enough to build a new Carthusian monastery there :-)

Have a wonderful time and if for some reason on the flight home, the pilot takes a wrong turn and you end up landing in my diocese, remember that God allowed it to happen :-)

You, Fr. Dan, and all priests will be in my prayers. Our Dear Lady assist them in their journeys and provide for every spiritual need.

God Bless,
+JMJ+
Kathy

May the roads rise to meet you...

May you have a blessed pilgrimage. Knock is just a few miles from my father's birth place and the family is still there. I only came to appreciate the significance of Knock by staying there, helping with confessions during the anniversary novena, celebrating Mass etc. Pray for us.

Please pray at Knock that the Vatican efforts to promote Spiritual Maternity and Adoration for Priests will become fruitful throughout the world. You and your fellow priest are in our prayers.
In Christ,
Dave Craig

Please pray at Knock that the Vatican efforts to promote Spiritual Maternity and Adoration for Priests will become fruitful throughout the world. You and your fellow priest are in our prayers.
In Christ,

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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