Bishop of Limerick encourages celebration of 'extraordinary gift of family'

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Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy with Dave and Kay Culhane, daughter, Anna, son in law James Scully and grandaughter, Amelia Picture: Keith Wiseman

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy with Dave and Kay Culhane, daughter, Anna, son in law James Scully and grandaughter, Amelia Picture: Keith Wiseman

BISHOP of Limerick Brendan Leahy has urged people across the Diocese to take time during next week’s Festival of Family to appreciate and celebrate those dearest in their lives.

The festival is built around the arrival in the diocese of a 6ft ‘Icon of the Holy Family’, developed for the World Meeting of Families in Ireland next year. 

Speaking ahead of next week’s festival, Bishop Brendan Leahy said: “Family is, of course, at the heart of Christmas and this advent, as we build up to the celebration of Christ’s birth, I would ask that people would make a special effort to celebrate the extraordinary gift of family.

“For all the cultural changes, we have still retained here in Ireland a huge appreciation of family so I would hope that people would take time to think about family, to celebrate what it means to us and to celebrate how fortunate we are to have it.”

The icon is being brought to each diocese to encourage reflection and prayer in the build up to Ireland’s first ever hosting of the international gathering. 

It will be at St. John’s Cathedral from December 11 to 13 before moving to Saints Peter and Paul Church in Kilmallock where it will be celebrated from December 14 to16 and on to the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Newcastle West from December 17 to 19.