Celtic Connections - 05/18/2019 - Four Giants of the Church Speak
Host: Kathy Sinnott with guests: Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Fr Pat Collins, St. John Paul II, Frances Hogan and His Excellency Archbishop Jude Okolo.
Celtic Connections presents four giants of the Church speaking to Ireland about the past, the present and the future of the Irish nation and the Church. In an exclusive interview obtained by Celtic Connections recorded in 2003, Fr. Benedict Groeschel CFR speaks a sobering message to the Irish. Fr Pat Collins, Irish exorcist and international Charismatic Renewal leader, has a challenging and prophetic message for Ireland given at this years Divine Mercy Conference in Dublin. In one of the most prophetic and forthright messages of his pontificate, St. John Paul II said to the Irish, “Ireland is at a point of decision in her history.” "Ireland must choose. Your choice must be clear and your decision firm!” Scripture scholar and EWTN host Frances Hogan has prayerful analysis on how the nation has taken a wrong turn and what the faithful must do in response. Also including an exclusive interview with Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Okolo. His excellency gave advise on how the faithful should reflect and learn from the current crisis in the nation and in the Church. This is an encore of the 04/13/19 show.
Celtic Connections - 05/11/2019 - Jean Vanier Founder of L’Arche die
Host: Kathy Sinnott with guest Jean Vainer
L’Arche is an international network of communities for those with intellectual disabilities. It was founded in 1964 by former Navel officer Jean Vanier in Trolly France. Sadly Jean Vainer died this week at age 90. In what may be the last in-depth interview with Vainer, he talked to Kathy Sinnott about how he was led to begin L’Arche - and about his close union with Christ which opened his heart to those often forgotten people embraced by L’Arche.
Celtic Connections - 05/04/2019 - Saints for the Family
Host: Kathy Sinnott and Paul MacAree with guest Fr. John Murray
Author Fr. John Murray speaks about his new book “Saints for the Family”. Eminent lives include French pediatrician Jérôme Lejeune noted for his work with Down syndrome, Laura Vicuna who suffered abuse - and Sr. Ignatia who helped in the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Celtic Connections - 04/27/2019 - 40 Days on Ireland's Holy Mountain
Host: Kathy Sinnott and Paul MacAree with John Carlin
This time last year Ireland was a nation at prayer. Preceding an abortion referendum in May, a group of Irish men and women climbed Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain, to fast and pray in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This was the place where St Patrick spent 40 days in prayer and fasting for the Irish people 1500 years ago. In today’s show we have a fascinating account of this penitential initiative, in imitation of Patrick, which lasted 40 days and nights up the approach to the referendum, on this beautiful and bleak mountain overlooking Ireland’s Atlantic coast. At the conclusion of the fast a solar miracle was witnessed.