THE young community of priests who have taken over the former Jesuit Church in Limerick have many urgent restoration needs but have identified minor repairs to the church’s historic as a matter of priority.
The 25,000 square foot building was bought by the Institute of Christ the King, who are led in Limerick by Canon Wulfran Lebocq, late last year, with an estimated €100,000 required for further upgrades.
While open to the public, further repairs are needed, but French national Canon Lebocq says the order have focused on the instrument, installed by Telford organ builders of Dublin in 1924.
“The repair of the organ is emblematic of our ultimate goal: to honour God by offering Him fitting worship,” he explained.
“The mechanism of the Telford organ though was so well constructed that it was able to be made playable again with minor repairs thanks to Padraig O’Donovan, a young organ builder from Cork,” he added.
A concert for the first organ recital since the order took over the church will take place this Sunday at 7pm, with free admission but “donations will be gratefully accepted”.
Abbé Matthew Walter from Rochester, New York, who worked as a professional musician before joining the Institute of Christ the King, will give the recital, with a blessing beforehand by Monsignor Gilles Wach, the founder and Prior General of the Institute.