A packed programme of celebrations is being organised to mark the 1450th anniversary of the departure of Derry’s patron saint, St Columba, to
The events will include Masses, a novena, musical celebrations, a parade through the city to Thornhill and activities for local school children.
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
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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