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Office of the Head Chaplain DFHQ McKee Barracks Dublin 7 Dear fellow soldiers of the Irish Defence Forces, I take this opportunity to wish you and your families every blessing and grace during this Easter Season of 2016. This is an extraordinary time for Ireland. As we commemorate and celebrate the centenary of the 1916......

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Prayers offered by Fr Séamus Madigan HCF at Dublin Castle on 01 January 2016 Moladh go deo le Dia – Praise God forever! On this day of commemoration, celebration and New Year’s resolutions, we thank you Lord, for all the people of Ireland, at home and abroad. Merciful God: In our commemoration, we remember all......

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  “May you rise each day aware of the sacred gift of life. May you open your eyes each morning to the miracle that is yourself.” (A Donegal blessing)   The 2016 Chaplaincy Calendar is now available in all barracks and from chaplains overseas. The two themes of this year’s calendar at the 1916 commemorations......

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We provide below a video from the 2015 Defence Forces Carol Service courtesy of the DF Audio Visual School. The Army No 1 Band and the Defence Forces Pipe Band were joined by Il Coro Italiano di Dublin, Aoife Gibney and Sgt David Martin in Holy Family Church, Aughrim Street, Dublin 7 for a prayerful, memorable and......

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Limerick-born Fr Séamus Madigan has been appointed Head Chaplain to the Forces. It follows nine years as chaplain at Sarsfield Barracks in Limerick. In that time he has served on overseas missions in Kosovo, Chad and the Lebanon as well as providing pastoral care and spiritual support to Defence Forces members in Limerick. Fr Madigan said......

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This upgrade of the Mingy Prayerbook was published in 2015. It contains prayers and reflections for all personnel at various stages of life and duty. Prayerbooks are available from all Defence Forces chaplains for serving and retired personnel.   See the interview above for details of the new Mingy Prayerbook and its value to the military community and their families.......

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Congratulations to Mgr John McDonald who recently celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his priestly ordination. A gathering for his family, parishioners and colleagues in DFTC was held on Friday 03 July in the Church of St Brigid, Curragh Camp as Mgr John marked fifty years since his ordination. A tree was planted in the garden......

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Pope Francis has recently published an encyclical letter Laudato Sì (based on the prayer of St Francis of Assisi). The letter is entitled “On the Care of Our Common Home” and has been prepared by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Fr Robert McCabe describes the document as a prayerful, poetic and provocative engagement with......

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23 June 2015 marks the fifth anniversary of the untimely death of Lt Gen Dermot Earley DSM. We remember a prayer for his family and his many friends in Ireland and around the world. Suaimhneas síoraí dó i nDún na bhFlaitheas. extracts from the Homily of Msgr Eoin Thynne HCF Mass of Christian Burial for Lt......

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Funeral homily for Sr Thérèse Marie O’Connell RIP Monastère des Pauvres Clarisses, Lourdes. Divine Providence is certainly at work today as we commend Sr Thérèse Marie to God’s embrace. On this Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary we gather for this Requiem Mass near the place where Our Lady revealed her title “Immaculate Conception” to......

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