PILGRIMAGE TO THE SHRINE OF ST. OLIVER PLUNKETT
SUNDAY 5 JULY, 2009
I pay tribute to the excellent work by local council of Knights of St. Columbanus in Drogheda who have contributed immensely to celebrating the feast day of St Oliver Plunkett. To prepare for the feast day the council have organised a festival of prayer during which the members brought relicts of St. Oliver Plunkett to the nursing homes and to local parishes. Through their involvement, the Order of the Knights of St Columbanus, have ensured that this great martyr is suitably honoured. Indeed their efforts, this year, have borne fruit with a larger than normal parade through the town and St Peter’s Church was packed to capacity for the concluding Mass which was concelebrated by Cardinal S Brady and Archbishop D Martin. The local council, ably assisted by Canon Carroll, have also promoted the international dimension by visiting Ghent in November 2008 and have presented the community there with a relic of St Oliver Plunkett who was consecrated a bishop in November 1669 by the Bishop of Ghent.
Seamus McDonald Supreme Knight