Monday, 20 October 2014

The Last Mass of St Pio of Pietrelcina


"After my death I will do more. My real mission will begin then." (Padre Pio)

If you happen to be interested in the Capuchin way of life and would appreciate some support in discerning your vocation you are welcome to contact me at 086 3230638 or email

We provide an opportunity for those interested to spend some time living in one of our communities, so as to experience Franciscan life at first hand.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Br. Terence Harrington. 
Director of Vocatins.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Blessed Pope Paul VI

Pope Paul VI who was Pope from 1963 to 1978 was beatified this morning by Pope Francis in Rome. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was in attendance for the ceremony which was held at the end of the extraordinary Synod on the Family. 

Today the church celebrates World Mission Sunday. It is fitting that Pope Paul (named after St.Paul who travelled all over Europe to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ) is beatified on this day as he was the first Pope to travel overseas and the first Pope to travel by aeroplane. 

Among the countries Pope Paul visited was The Holy Land, The United Nations in New York, Uganda, and the Philippeans... In all this, he took the papacy to the people in a new way. It also paved the way for further Apostolic journeys by John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and lately Francis. 

Blessed Paul VI - Pray for Us. 

Monday, 13 October 2014

Welcome to Anthony and Daniel...our Postulants!!

Peace to you all!!

Last Saturday (11th October 2014), in a very simple, yet joyful ceremony, we officially welcomed Anthony Mahon and Daniel Pervan into our Postulancy Programme.

(L-R) Br Mike, Guardian; Anthony Mahon, Daniel Pervan, Br Philip, Postulant Director

These two men will spend the next nine months sharing the life of the Friars in Raheny as began to discern God's call, at a deeper level.

The Postulancy is the first stage of initial formation and consists of living in community, classes on catecethics, Christian and Franciscan spirituality, prayer, personal development as well as some experience of  pastoral ministry in our Capuchin Day Centre of Homeless People.

We ask you to keep Anthony and Daniel in your prayers over the coming months.


Br Martin OFM Cap.

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Solemn Profession of Brother Martin Bennett OFM Cap 27th of September 2014

'In the Lord I'll be ever thankful, in the Lord I will rejoice. Look to God, do not be afraid, raise up your voices, the Lord is here...' 

To the sound of this Taize chant we processed into the Oratory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Raheny, as I prepared to take vows which will commit me to life as a Capuchin Franciscan Friar, until death. The ceremony was heavy with symbolism and the air rich with a palpable energy, as surround by Friars, family and friends, I made my vows into the hands of Brother Adrian Curran OFM Cap, our Provincial Minister.

I am immensely grateful and humbled to be counted as a Brother of St Francis of Assisi and pray that the life of St Francis will inspire more men to come and follow Christ as a Capuchin Franciscan Friar.

Here are some images of the day.
Pax et Bonum!!
Brother Martin OFM Cap.

Brother Bryan and Brother Iggy

Brother Lucjen (British Province) with Brother Bryan

Sublime and moving music provided by the Taize Community

Brother Kevin (Church Street) and Brother Pius (Halston Street)

Brother Jeremy (Rochestown, Cork)

Brother Adrian (Provincial Minister), Brother Martin and Brother Bryan (preacher)

Brother John (Carlow) and Brother Jeremy

Brother Martin lies prostrate on the floor as the Litany of the Saints is chanted 

'In the Name of the Most Holy Trinity, I Brother Martin Bennett...'

'Into your hands, Brother Adrian...'

Solemn prayer of Consecration

After Brother Martin is consecrated as a Capuchin Friar for life, the assembled Friars exchange a sign of peace with him

Brother Tom (Holy Trinity, Cork) and Brother Kevin

Brother Sean (Kilkenny) and Brother Eustace (Raheny)

In the presence of the Provincial Minister and two witnesses, Brother Martin signs the Solemn Profession register

Brother Bryan (Guardian, Church St), Brother Adrian (Provincial Minister), Brother Martin & Brother Mike (Guardian, Raheny)

Brother Richard (Church St) and Brother Martin

Brother Sean Kelly (Raheny) & Brother Martin

Brother Anthony at 92 years young!