AS an initiative of the Year for Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood, tomorrow Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan will lead a pilgrimage to the penitential island of Lough Derg, in the Diocese of Clogher, to pray for vocations.
Saint Patrick’s Purgatory at Lough Derg, is near Pettigo in Donegal.
The three-day pilgrimage season runs from 1 June until 15 August each year.
One-day pilgrimages are also held outside of this period.
Lough Derg is under the control and direction of the Diocese of Clogher. Father Owen Joe McEneaney is the current Prior
Bishop Cullinan said, “I am looking forward to our Vocations Camino around Lough Derg, which holds such a unique place in the faith history and hearts of the Irish.
“Up to fifty pilgrims will walk around the island where our patron Saint Patrick prayed. We will offer prayers for an increase in vocations to the priesthood so that we will have priests in our parishes to follow in the footsteps of Christ: to baptise, to preach the love of the Gospel, to celebrate Mass, to offer the mercy of God through the sacrament of confession, to be pastoral leaders, and to teach.”
“I ask everyone to pray for the success of this hope-filled gathering, and, in that way, each of you will join us in spirit as we walk and pray,” Bishop Cullinan concluded.