Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Archbishop Eamon Martin to return for Celebrations in Derry

A packed programme of celebrations is being organised to mark the 1450th anniversary of the departure of Derry’s patron saint, St Columba, to Iona

The events will include Masses, a novena, musical celebrations, a parade through the city to Thornhill and activities for local school 

The highlight of the celebrations is likely to be the feast day Mass on June 9th which will be celebrated by Archbishop Eamon Martin, Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, on what will be his first official visit to Derry since his episcopal ordination.

The celebrations will also include a Novena of Prayer which will be led by Passionist priest Fr Aidan Troy. Fr Troy formerly ministered in Ardoyne, north Belfast, and came to prominence during loyalist protests outside a catholic primary school. The Novena will begin on Saturday June 1st and end on St Columba’s Day on June 9th.

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