Beautiful Irish Lace

How the Church Taught Lace-making to the Irish by Tamara Isabell Irish Lace is famous the world over, but most people have no idea that this industry originated with the Irish Famine and the Catholic Church’s response to the plight of the suffering poor. The industry might never have flourished had it not been for … Read more

Knocking Knock

What the Apparitions Point To by Beverly De Soto Stevens Editor, Regina Magazine On a rainy August night in 1879, a parish charwoman in the humble farming village of Knock, Ireland finished her duties and locked the church door behind her. Then she had a chat with a family that lived in the thatched-roof house … Read more

The Truth About Ireland & the Faith

Conversations with Dubliners by Michael Durnan The image of Ireland is one of rolling emerald green fields full of sheep and dairy cattle; whitewashed cottages and quaint pubs; charming villages; rustic farms; a wind-and-rain-swept coast and a gentle pace of life. Ireland for some conjures up an image of country that resembles a kind of … Read more

Silverstream Priory

St Benedict’s Sons in Ireland Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, 62, was born and raised in Connecticut. Today, he is the Prior of a newly-established Benedictine monastery in Stamullen, Ireland. The Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle has an amazing vocations problem: they have far too many young monks (plus interested young men) for their … Read more

Lough Derg

Saint Patrick’s Purgatory by Tamara Isabell It is a pilgrimage renowned for its austerity — fasting, walking barefoot, sleep deprivation, intense self-examination and prayer. Some may wonder what it is that draws pilgrims by the thousands year after year; especially today, when Catholics have little experience of penance. Since the early Middle Ages, Lough Derg, … Read more

Beautiful Irish Linens & Woolens

A Tradition Anchored in the Church by Sequoia Sierra While Ireland’s rich history in linens and woolens has been somewhat forgotten, as with all things Irish the finest things can be traced to their origins in the Church. Linen and wool production began in Irish monasteries in the Middle Ages (Editor’s Note: See more about … Read more

Newman College Ireland

‘Defending the Faith at the Highest Intellectual Levels’ by Donna Sue Berry There is a second Famine in Ireland today. Not a Famine which starves the body, but a spiritual Famine which threatens the foundations of a society whose Christian roots reach back into late Roman times. Kathy Sinnott and Nick Healy have a dream which … Read more

The Tears of Ireland

Is the Faith Dead in the ancient ‘Land of Saints and Scholars’? We have great respect for the Irish and Ireland, their ancient ‘Land of Saints and Scholars.’ A warm–hearted, unpretentious people, the tenacity of the Irish is legendary. Against all odds, they brought the light of the Faith to Europe in the Dark Ages … Read more

Monasterboice, Mellifont, Glendalough & Murrisk

On the Trail of Ireland’s Mysterious Early Christian Monks by Michael Durnan and Beverly De Soto Stevens The Irish developed a Christian civilization quite separate from Europe or England, mainly through the stunning achievements of her monastic tradition. Ireland’s monks literally sailed from Eire to bring the light of the Faith and learning to Dark … Read more

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