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by armaghpriest.com on June 12th, 2016

​Love abounds when forgiveness is experienced. Forgiveness frees one to follow Jesus.  Rededicate your life to Jesus. (Luke 7:36-8:3)  

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director. 028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com



Prayer of Intercession: For Church ministers that they may offer and seek forgiveness, Lord hear us……….

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by armaghpriest.com on June 6th, 2016

​On the Feast of Corpus Christi this year (May 29th), 9 men from various dioceses throughout Ireland were ordained to the diaconate in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, home of the national seminary for Ireland.

Among them was a native of the Archdiocese of Armagh, Rev. Barry Matthews, who hails from St Joseph's Parish, Dundalk.

Barry, the son of Noel and Joan entered seminary in Maynooth at the age of 29 having previously qualified as an accountant.  Barry was joined on the day of Ordination by his parents, siblings and friends in the College Chapel in Maynooth.

Bishop William Crean, bishop of Cloyne,  presided at the Mass and was the ordaining prelate. In his homily Bishop Crean reminded the new deacons that the eventual call to priesthood “is a privileged calling; to help people open their hearts and minds to accept the Lord Jesus, as the way and the path to living with purpose and meaning, through all the events of life.”

Monsignor Hugh Connolly, speaking after the Ordination, offered his encouragement, hoping that “each of them may experience God’s grace anew in their lives so that they will courageously proclaim the Gospel in word and deed, and go out to serve the people of God in their various dioceses with care and compassion.”

Om behalf of the archdiocese of Armagh, we extend our warmest congratulations to Rev. Barry and wish him every blessing in his ministry and in his ongoing formation for priesthood. We ask you to continue to keep Barry and all our seminarians in your prayers as they continue to discern God’s call in their lives. We also encourage you to continue to promote the vocation to priesthood in your families and communities and pray that those called will have the courage to respond generously. 

Ad multos annos Rev. Barry!

For more on the Ordination to the Diaconate in Maynooth this year, visit ​http://maynoothcollege.ie/seminary/2016/05/29/nine-seminarians-ordained-to-the-diaconate/

The Nine New Deacons
After the Ordination Mass

Our Very Own Rev. Barry
and Members of His Family

Rev. Barry with Priests
& Seminarians from our Archdiocese

Rev. Barry, deacon


by armaghpriest.com on June 5th, 2016


​Jesus raises from the dead the son of a widow.  All are amazed.  God could be asking you to raise his people from the death of sin and despair as you minister to them as a priest. 


If you think God is calling you to serve Him in a very special way through the priesthood,
call Fr. Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director. 028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com

by armaghpriest.com on May 29th, 2016

​Jesus asked, “Why do you not give them something to eat yourselves?” 

What do you have to offer to the hungry world? (Luke 9:11-17)

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director. 028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com  

Prayer of Intercession: That we may live as the Body of Christ.  Lord hear us…
 



by armaghpriest.com on May 22nd, 2016

​The love of God is being poured forth into our hearts.  Open yourself to receive and share that love.  Is God calling you to spread love through a Church vocation?  (Romans 5:1-5) 

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr. Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director. 028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com
 

Prayer of Intercession: For those discerning a call to priesthood or religious life, may they seek the wisdom of God, Lord hear us…

by armaghpriest.com on May 15th, 2016

​The disciples of Jesus made bold proclamations through the promptings of the Spirit.  What is the Spirit prompting you to do?  Be courageous and act on it! (Acts 2:1-11)

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr. Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director. 028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com 

 
Prayer of Intercession: That through us the Spirit will renew the face of the earth, Lord hear us………..
 
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by armaghpriest.com on May 7th, 2016

Jesus promised his disciples that they would be clothed in power from God. 

As a follower of Jesus, you are also given that same promise. 

Pray for the grace to be a faithful witness. (Luke 24:46-53) 

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director. 028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com
 
Prayer of Intercession: That through us the Spirit will renew the face of the earth, Lord hear us…….

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by armaghpriest.com on May 1st, 2016

​If we love, we know the presence of God. 

Take time to be aware of God’s loving presence. 

Are you open to the Holy Spirit?  (John 14:23-29)

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director. 028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com  
 


Prayer of Intercession: For our church, may we reach out in love, trusting the Spirit’s lead, Lord hear us…


 

by armaghpriest.com on April 30th, 2016

  • Archbishop Eamon Martin announces Year of Mercy Rosary Relay in the Archdiocese of Armagh
  •  Join our #RosaryRelay - say a decade yourself and pass on the idea to others! 
  • To assist schools new rosary resources, including an engaging video of the Mysteries of the Rosary aimed at children, are available on archdioceseofarmagh.com.


The Archdiocese of Armagh is holding a Rosary Relay during the month of May in schools and across the archdiocese as part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.


Announcing the prayer initiative, Archbishop Eamon Martin said “In my Pastoral Message for the Year of Mercy, I indicated my wish for schools throughout the diocese to participate in a Rosary initiative and this has become our Rosary Relay.  My vision is firstly to unite the pupils of the Archdiocese of Armagh in prayer during the month of May and then, through their example, to pass on the good news about the Rosary to families and others in the community.


“My intention is that across the Archdiocese as many young people as possible will learn to pray together a decade of the Rosary at 12 noon each day during the month of May.  Then, as if in a relay, they will pass on the story of the rosary to their families and friends.  The aim of this Rosary Relay is to engage the pupils and staff in the mysteries of our faith and to be part of what Pope Francis has described as an 'extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal' in this Year of Mercy”. 



Why not offer a rosary for the priests, deacons and seminarians of the archdiocese, and especially for those discerning the call to the priesthood?

 

by armaghpriest.com on April 24th, 2016

God has chosen to dwell with us. 

How can you best share your gifts to reveal his presence? (Revelations 21:1-5)

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director on 028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com



Prayer of Intercession: That our love for one another may be evident in our world, Lord hear us...

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by armaghpriest.com on April 19th, 2016

Some scenes below from the Mass for Vocations in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh on Saturday 16th April 2016. The principal celebrant was Archbishop Eamon Martin.

by armaghpriest.com on April 17th, 2016

​Pictures taken at St Joseph’s Young Priests Society Provincial celebrations in Armagh on Saturday 16th March.

The principal celebrant at the Mass was Archbishop Eamon Martin assisted by Rev Peter McAnenly and Rev Thomas McHugh. The Deacons were Rev Damien Quigley and Rev David Durrigan. The keynote speaker at the afternoon gathering was Sr Martina Purdy, Sister of Adoration, Belfast.

​St. Joseph's Young Priests Society is a Catholic lay organisation which exists to help student clerics on their journey to priesthood. The Society fosters vocations to the priesthood and religous life. It assists students for the priesthood both financially and by prayer. It promotes the vocation of the laity and fosters a greater understanding and love of the Mass.

More on the Society here: ​http://www.stjosephsyoungpriestssociety.com/

 

by armaghpriest.com on April 17th, 2016


























Who will shepherd God’s people? 

Pray that good leaders, filled with joy and the Holy Spirit, will serve our Church
(Acts 13:14, 43-52)

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director at 028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com

by armaghpriest.com on April 12th, 2016

​An excerpt from Amoris Laetitia on formation for priesthood:

#203: Seminarians should receive a more extensive interdisciplinary, and not merely doctrinal, formation in the areas of engagement and marriage.

Their training does not always allow them to explore their own psychological and affective background and experiences.

Some come from troubled families, with absent parents and a lack of emotional stability. There is a need to ensure that the formation process can enable them to attain the maturity and psychological balance needed for their future ministry. Family bonds are essential for reinforcing healthy self-esteem.

It is important for families to be part of the seminary process and priestly life, since they help to reaffirm these and to keep them well grounded in reality. It is helpful for seminarians to combine time in the seminary with time spent in parishes. There they can have greater contact with the concrete realities of family life, since in their future ministry they will largely be dealing with families.

“The presence of lay people, families and especially the presence of women in priestly formation, promotes an appreciation of the diversity and complementarity of the different vocations in the Church” 

Source: ​http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20160319_amoris-laetitia.html

by armaghpriest.com on April 10th, 2016

​Jesus asks us, “Do you love me?” 

How do you show your love for Jesus in the way you live?  (John 21:1-19)

If you think God is calling you to priesthood,
contact Fr Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director: 

028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com

by armaghpriest.com on April 3rd, 2016

​Are you like Thomas?  Do you need to see to believe?  Pray for faith and trust.

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director. 028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com  
 



Prayer of Intercession: For those discerning a religious vocation, May the grace of faith and trust guide them, Lord hear us…

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by armaghpriest.com on March 27th, 2016

​What stones are being moved away so you can be a minister of the Gospel? 

Who would you invite to consider being a sister, brother, priest, or deacon?  Spread the good news:
“Jesus is risen!”  (John 20: 1-9)




If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director. 028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com  
 
Prayer of Intercession: For all the deceased priests, brothers, sisters, and deacons, may their lives continue to bless our Church with life, Lord hear us…

by armaghpriest.com on March 20th, 2016

​Are you willing to surrender your life to God? 

You are promised eternal life. (Luke 22: 14-23: d1-49)

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director. 028 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com  


 
Prayer of Intercession: For all who are preparing for the Easter sacraments, Lord hear us………..
 

by armaghpriest.com on March 13th, 2016

God continues to open a way for us. 

How is God doing something new in your life?  Perhaps God is inviting you to be a priest or religious. (Isaiah 43: 16-21)

If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director. 028 (048 from Republic of Ireland) 37522802 or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com 
 
Prayer of Intercession: For the grace to be open to God’s invitation to follow, Lord hear us………
 

by armaghpriest.com on March 6th, 2016

God welcomes us home with extravagant love. 

Let the call to holiness draw you home into a deeper relationship with God. (Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32

If you think God is calling you to priesthood,
call Fr Peter McAnenly Armagh Vocations Director. 028 (048 from RoI) 37522802
​or email p.mcanenly@btinternet.com


Prayer of Intercession: For those who are discerning their life’s vocation, may they seek God’s help in prayer, Lord hear us…
 






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