A Pride Message from the Chaplaincy Service – 28 June 2020

Message from the Head Chaplain to the Irish Defence Forces

For Pride 2020

It takes sunshine and rain to make a rainbow, and its beauty is, it’s made of many colours and hues all sitting together in perfect harmony!  We are all different, yet united in our desire for happiness, belonging, meaning, making a difference, ‘living a life less ordinary’. We all face challenges and joys that come with being alive – knowing who we are, living meaningful relationships and finding our place in the world. Our diversity is rooted in a deeper unity.

This year I was looking forward to representing the Chaplaincy Service of the Irish Defence Forces, for the first time, at the Dublin Pride Parade. I felt privileged as Head Chaplain to have the opportunity to walk side by side with our LGBTQI+ members, showing solidarity and support.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic means the 2020 parade will not take place. However, I wish all members of the Defence Forces, especially our LGBTQI+ colleagues, to know that your Chaplaincy Service is in solidarity with you, be you of any faith or none. We seek your flourishing and happiness, and recognize that we have much to learn from your gifts, courage and experience of life.

I look forward to being present at next year’s parade. Wishing you and your families every blessing and all that is good in life. Ní neart go cur le chéile.

Take care and stay safe!

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