I worked in the Philippines for my first eleven years as priest. Those were formative years for me as a priest. I will always be grateful to God that I had the opportunity to work among those wonderful people. I have been giving missions, solemn Novenas and retreats in Ireland since 1975. I am now a member of the Scala (Cork) Redemptorist Community. I love the work, though it can be demanding. Whatever gifts I have, I believe that I can use them best in giving missions. I get to know the country and to meet so many people in all kinds of different situations. It is wonderful too be able to see people celebrating their faith with joy, people being reconciled and finding peace in their lives. On missions so many people discover the wonder of who they are; the spirit of the community is experienced and celebrated. I think it is an extraordinary privilege to be a preacher in Ireland today. I know there is a great hunger in people in Ireland today. Modern people need to hear authentic voices proclaiming the Word of God. As a Redemptorist preacher I have to be a witness to the presence of Christ in my own life. I try to live in my own life what I preach to others, otherwise the Word of God will not be heard. I also strive to have a heart that is focused on people and to be a man of faithful daily prayer.
Phone: +353 21 435 8800
I joined the Redemptorists in 1982. I was 24 then and considered a “late vocation” since most of my classmates were school-leavers of 17 or 18. I was ordained in 1991 and have been giving parish missions for twenty four years now. I was based in Limerick in the 1990s from where half of my work consisted in giving Secondary School Retreats. I was assigned to the Dundalk Redemptorist Community in February 2000 and moved to Esker in August 2014. Why do I give missions? Why go from place to place preaching the Word of God? For Redemptorists in Ireland this is surely our core ministry. We have a responsibility to the Church in Ireland to continue offering this form of renewal, parish and personal, on our island today. I am convinced that preaching parish missions is a worthwhile way of supporting and encouraging Irish Catholics in living the Christian life in this new century.
Phone: +353 91 844007
Since making first vows in 2004 I spent two years studying Theology and Cultural Studies at the Milltown Institute for Theology and Philosophy. That was followed by two years of mission experience. During those two years I lived and worked in Clonard Monastery in Belfast. It was a time where I experienced first-hand the work of a Redemptorist parish Missioner. I was also involved with the Clonard youth ministry team. This involved giving retreats to secondary school children from schools all over the North of Ireland. To be a preacher of the word in the Ireland of today is both rewarding and challenging. To have the opportunity of preaching the gospel to people from so many different circumstances and situations is a huge privilege. The message that we find in the Gospels is a challenging and to get up and preach that message is not always easy. To be a preacher today takes courage, courage to accept the challenges of the Gospels and courage to try and help those who listen to accept the same challenges in their own lives. I was ordained a priest in December 2009. I am now a member of the Limerick Redemptorist Community.
Phone: + 353 21 4358800
Hello My Name is Niamh O Neill I am 37 years old. I am originally from Portlaoise I moved from my home town at 16 to study Drama at Havering College England. I Returned two years later to live in Galway Where I worked as a performing artist composing songs and collaborating with other musicians, my time was also spent exploring the world of dance and i spent two most enjoyable season’s with the Flock Dance Theatre company.
It was at the 2001 Galway Novena that I first came in contact with the Redemptorists when I was asked to part take in an evening session that included liturgical dance. It was a new experience one which allowed me to combine my talents and my faith. My first Parish Mission was in that same year in Augrim St Dublin with Fr Tony Flannery and Fr Jim Stanly. I was studying English at the time so i returned to my studies. In the years that were to follow I moved to France, Scotland and New Zealand working at various jobs exploring the different cultures and all the time growing in my faith. When I returned to Ireland in 2006 I was working as a singer-song writer through out Ireland and running @ The Lime Light open mic. In 2009 my path and the Redemptorists crossed again and I began working part time on the mission team.
Since October 2012 I have become a full time co missioner based in Cork city. When not out on mission I am studying Theology and work with the Redemtorist Scala school retreat team.
I feel very blessed to be doing the work I do. I work with men and woman of great faith who’s passion for the Gospel is preached with enthusiasm and conviction.
I am a firm believer that we are all put on this earth to use and share our talents but before we can do that we need to figure out what our gifts and talents are, and then be willing to use them.
I was ordained a Redemptorist priest in July 1972. In the past thirty-seven years I have worked as a parish Missioner, given retreats in our retreat houses in Belfast and Esker (Athenry, Co. Galway) and have been on the church ministry teams in our houses in Belfast (Clonard) and Limerick (Mount Saint Alphonsus). I have also worked in various other ministries with married and engaged couples; on programmes for the bereaved and for people with addictions. I have also given retreats for religions and priests. At present, I am a member of the Clonard Redemptorist Community and I work both on the National Mission Team and in the church ministry. I also work in the other ministries mentioned above. Over the years, I have gradually deepened in awareness that the Word of God tells people at the deepest level who they are. It reminds them of their potential for goodness and influencing others and helps them leave the wounds of sin, hurt, and all that’s negative behind and face the present and future with solid confidence. The Word of God makes people aware that God is with them in times of suffering, failure and pain, and that through suffering they can grow, change, and come to new life. The Word of God also helps people face the reality of death and breaks down barriers between peoples, races, and nations. I am also very convinced of two other things. First, that people can love God and let God’s love shine through them by being themselves and doing very ordinary things. Second, that people show God’s word of forgiveness, kindness, intimacy, justice, peace, and truth, more than they think. The word of God is within them and their experience.
Phone: +44 28 9044 5950
I was born in Limerick and at 19 joined the Redemptorists in Galway. After a couple of years there, I left for India where I continued my studies and was ordained in 1966. Nearly ten years later I returned to Ireland. Apart from two years in Nigeria in the 1990s, I have been working in Ireland, spending nine years in Galway (Athenry) and seven years in Dublin (Marianella) and fourteen years in Cork. I am now a member of the Limerick Redemptorist Community. Most of my assignment in Ireland has been working on parish missions and some solemn Novenas. It is a work that I value greatly and feel privileged in doing. The mission weeks are graced as they offer an opportunity for the goodness in people to find expression in faith, acceptance and renewed friendship. Evermore nowadays, the mission event becomes an occasion when parish groups and councils are recognised, accepted and encouraged as they become more and more involved in their parish life. In the middle of the winter times of our lives and the life of the country, events like missions and solemn Novenas bring a bit spring, a bit of good news, perhaps a lot of good news.
Phone: +353 61 315 099
I was ordained a Redemptorist priest in 1983. Since then I worked briefly as a missionary in Brazil and as a parish Missioner in Ireland. Since 1986 I have been involved in teaching the Bible at university level. I did my licence to teach at the Pontificio Istitutio Biblico in Rome and my doctorate at Trinity College, Dublin. I am a member of the Marianella Community in Dublin. Since September 2008 I have been given responsibility for all aspects of the proclamation of God’s word by Redemptorists in Ireland. That means I am the Redemptorists’ national co-ordinator for Parish Missions, Solemn Novenas and other forms of proclaiming God’s word by us in Ireland. I am currently the leader of our National Mission Team. If you have any comments, suggestions or even criticisms about our proclamation of the word, please do contact me.
Phone: +353 1 406 7253