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Readers’ retreat looks at life and message of Saint Patrick
Added on Tuesday 15th March 2016

image1In the run–up to Saint Patrick’s Day [17 March 2016], Canon Patrick Comerford led a retreat for diocesan and parish readers on the topic “The Life of Saint Patrick and his message for us today.”

The two–day retreat in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute was organised by the The Lay Training Department of CITI.

David Browne of the Lay Training Department said this was “our first Reader ‘mini–retreat’ conference for 2016.” He said it provided “an informed and challenging look at the life of our Patron Saint and the importance of his message for the Church and society today.”

The retreat included times of worship, prayer and fellowship for people engaged in reader ministry across the Church of Ireland, and concluded with a closing Eucharist.

Patrick Comerford is Lecturer in Anglicanism, Liturgy and Church History in the Church of Ireland Theological Institute. His three reflections and his sermon at the closing Eucharist are available through these links:

1, <a href=””>Who is Saint Patrick?</a>

2, <a href=””>Saint Patrick’s writings and his message</a>

3, <a href=””>Celtic Spirituality, is there something there?</a>

4, The Eucharist, with a <a href=””>short sermon</a>.


Saint Patrick … a stained glass window in a porch in Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Dublin (Photograph: Patrick Comerford)