Friday, 27 May 2011
St Clare of Assisi, along with St Francis, was a founding member of our way of life. Together they embodied the uniqueness of the Franciscan Vocation. St Clare was a revolutionary and inspirational woman, the first woman to write, and have approved, a rule of life for religious women. She founded the order now known as the Poor Clares, an enclosed order of nuns. They are known for the simple, austere and very prayerful way of life. In Ireland they have monasteries in Galway, Clare, Carlow, Leitrim, Belfast, Cork and Dublin. Their vocation is a very beautiful one of community, prayer and service, hidden from the gaze of the world. They keep up to date with happenings in the world and bring these intentions to the many hours they spend in prayer and Adoration. They are truly a powerhouse of prayer in the Church and we are very grateful for their presence and witness.
I have attached links to a website for all the Monasteries in Ireland as well as two videos, one on their way of life and on on Adoration. If you feel that God may be calling you to a Vocation to follow St Clare, each website has plenty of information and contact details.
Pax Br Martin
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Vocations Sunday Podcast
Peace be with you all
I was asked to preach at the Masses last weekend for Vocation Sunday in Holy Trinity, Cork. I have attached a podcast of the homily in which I tell about my own vocation journey, look at what a vocation is and offer some advice on how to respond if you feel called.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
We are hosting two vocations experiences in Dublin on 10 - 12th of June and a one day event in Cork on the 25th of June 2011. This is a great opportunity to experience what life is like as a Capuchin Franciscan Friar.
Experience our life of Brotherhood, Prayer, work with the Poor, what it's like on our overseas mission. A chance to hear, from Friars, what life is like and to talk to them about your vocation.
Friday 10th of June to Sunday 12th of June - Church Street, Dublin
Saturday 25th of June - Holy Trinity, Father Matthew Quay, Cork
Contact: Br Terence on 086 3230638
Open to young men aged 18 to 35
Capuchin Franciscans: Live the Dream, Make the Difference!
Monday, 2 May 2011
Greetings on this beautiful day!
I have linked a wonderful video on the life of Blessed John Paul II. John Paul was always a great inspiration for me, especially when it came to following a Religious vocation. I pray that he will now water the seed of vocation in the hearts of many man and women.
Cast into the deep.......
Sunday, 1 May 2011
Peace be with you all!!
Last week I was on retreat with my Capuchin Brothers in our retreat centre in Ards, Co Donegal. On the first day of the retreat Brother Kieran, our Retreat Master, said ' allow Ards work it's magic this week'. I have attached some images of Ards to allow you to experience some of that magic.