Each year the diocese invites different missionary orders to visit parishes to share something of their missionary work and to make a missionary appeal to help support their various missionary projects and programmes. Next weekend, Br Brian Johnson OSF of the Franciscan Brothers in Clara, Co Offaly will preach at all Masses here in the Harbour Parishes.
The Franciscan Brothers were founded in Galway in the early 1800’s to bring education to the rural areas of the West of Ireland. From the beginning they were noted for their work with the poorest of the poor, particularly during famine times. They established the first agricultural college in Ireland in Mountbellew, Co Galway in 1904 which is still going strong. Today they now have missions in rural Kenya and Uganda where their focus continues to be on education, sustainable agriculture and rural development. They operate an agricultural college in both countries and are especially involved in the distribution of food, water and medicine during times of drought, famine and conflict.
We look forward to welcoming Br Brian to our parish next weekend to hear about the invaluable work that his community carries out in the name of our Church and to supporting that work in whatever way we can. Fr Seán