The annual Online Novena to St Genesius begins tomorrow - I will be hosting it on my blog. It will consist of a brief meditation and the novena prayers to St Genesius. The novena will take as its theme our current situation in the west where Christians are suffering for their fidelity to Christ's teaching. Given developments here in Ireland and in the US, we all need to reflect more on how the love of Christ can sustain us. Please join in the novena and spread the word.
The annual feast day Mass will take place in St Mary's Church, Drogheda, Co. Louth, on Saturday the 25th August at 3pm - all are welcome to attend. I would encourage members around the world to mark the feast day - if you can get a priest to offer Mass for a gathering of members do so - texts for the Mass are to be found in the Common of Martyrs in the Missal. I would also encourage non Catholic members of the Fraternity to unite with us through a service of prayer, remembering the intentions of the Fraternity and those we pray for in a particular way.
Today is the anniversary of the death of Fr Willie Doyle on the battlefield: there is a wonderful piece on him on the blog dedicated to him. Fr Willie was a wonderful priest - a man of God, who was both a mystic and a man of action. His heroic death was the crown on a life of dedicated service. Why he has not yet been beatified I do not know - there isn't even a Cause! How I wish he was Italian, French, Spanish, American of Polish for if he was he would probably be canonised by now. We priests need holy models of priesthood to encourage us - a "St William Doyle" would be one. Let us pray that someone will open his Cause: perhaps in the new batch of Irish bishops one of them will take the initiative.