Novena of Hope concludes after nine days

AFTER nine days of prayers and reflection at the Graan Monastery in Enniskillen, the well-attended Novena of Hope concluded on Monday night with a special talk from a leading Irish playwright. Leitrim man Gerry Farrell, who has written a number of popular plays including ‘The Last Prime Minister’, shared his thoughts on faith, prayer and […]

Fr Troy set to speak at the Novena of Hope

ONE of the North’s most recognisable priests have been confirmed as a speaker at the upcoming Novena of Hope at The Graan in Enniskillen. Fr Aidan Troy from Wicklow will be speaking on Tuesday, March 5, where he’ll recall his active involvement in helping restore peace in Belfast. Alongside Fermanagh cleric Fr Gary Donegan, Fr […]

Graan’s Novena of Hope returns

THE theme of ‘hope’ will once again be the central one at the upcoming Novena at the Graan which will see hundreds of people gather for nine days of prayers and reflections. The Superior at the Graan, Fr Charles Cross, will lead the liturgies which is scheduled to kick off on Saturday, March 2. He’ll […]

Mary McAleese calls for end of celibacy

FORMER President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has said there will be no priests left in the Western world in 30 years’ time unless the Catholic Church ends celibacy and the bar on married priests. Ms McAleese, currently chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, made the comments after Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, an adviser to Pope Francis and highly influential […]

Fr Brian’s book brings a ‘little hope’ this Christmas

FR Brian D’Arcy has said he ‘can’t believe’ the reaction he has received from people on both sides of the border following the release of his new book. ‘The Best of Brian’ – which was published by Red Stripe Press – is a collection of Fr D’Arcy’s articles and excerpts from his previous 16 books and his […]

Week of Hope… The Graan Novena to go ahead online

THE annual Graan Novena of Hope is to go ahead this year as planned, albeit by webcam. Beginning on Saturday, 28th February and running until the evening of Monday, 8th March the congregation of the Graan are invited to attend the much-anticipated Novena online. The Novena will be held each evening at 7pm except on […]

‘Lovely wee lady’ Lottie (105) passes peacefully

THE DEATH has occurred of one of Fermanagh’s oldest residents. Charlotte (Lottie) Johnston passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 31 at the Graan Abbey Care Home, Enniskillen, aged 105.  Mrs Johnston, formerly of Burnside Park, Enniskillen, had celebrated many milestone birthdays surrounded by friends and family. She had received a telegram from the Queen to […]