Celebrate St Patrick – St Patrick’s RC Cathedral: Saturday 10 March, 8.00pm
Join composer and presenter John Anderson as he conducts a reflective and celebratory event honouring St Patrick. Set in the magnificent St Patrick’s RC Cathedral, choirs from all over the island and further afield will join together in a unique evening of music and spoken word.
An Evening with Patrick – The Market Place Theatre: Wednesday 14 March, 7.30pm
Armagh Cathedrals Partnership hosted a special evening of music, story, poetry and prayer to celebrate St Patrick. The guest speaker was Fr Peter McVerry who is a native of Newry and he has been a Jesuit priest for over forty years. He has worked for most of his life to reduce homelessness and the harm caused by drug misuse and social disadvantage on the streets of Dublin. He founded The Arrupe Charity which is now named The Peter McVerry Trust, which seeks to address homelessness. In 2016, the charity worked with over 4500 vulnerable youths.
Fr Peter is a social activist and he’s a strong activist for those who have no voice in society. He has written widely on issues relating to the homeless and social justice and he has been awarded a number of high profile awards in recognition of his great work. During the evening, he will invite us to reflect on the words of St Patrick in his Confession “I am Patrick…utterly worthless in the eyes of many”.
St Patrick’s Vigil – St Patrick’s Cathedrals: Friday 16March
The Vigil began at the Church of Ireland Cathedral at 9pm where Archbishop Clarke said a prayer. Visitors will then be led by both Archbishops in torchlight to the Roman Catholic Cathedral where Archbishop Martin will conclude with a prayer. This symbolic expression of the unity of the Churches is a reflection of Patrick’s own journey of uniting the Irish people with Christianity. Light refreshments will be served in The Synod Hall after this event.