Thursday, 25 June 2015

Paris Disruption

Difficult to get around City of Paris today due to taxi protest blocking roads to airports and rail stations. Similar protests in other parts of France. Tyres have been set alight and school buses disrupted. Threat of air traffic disruption later next week.                       A.T.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

150th Anniversary

Today, 21 June, I was delighted to be among the huge congregation at Mass in Paris to mark the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Little Sisters of the Assumption. From time to time I am invited to offer Mass in their Generalate in Paris. I first came in contact with these Sisters when they opened a Convent in the grounds of Mount Argus, Dublin. May they celebrate another 150 years!         A.T.

13 Priests to be Ordained in Paris

Every year since being sent to Paris in 2008 I have attended the ordinations in Notre Dame Cathedral. They take place each year on the final Saturday of June. Some years there have been 5 to be ordained while 7 another year. This year there will be 13 to be ordained by Cardinal Vingt-Trois. This is quite a number considering that some Dioceses have few ordinations. May God bless them as they receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tradedy in CA

Thoughts and prayers with all affected by the deaths and injuries last night in Berkeley. May they rest in peace and may the families and friends get strength to get through the coming days. No words can capture the enormity of this tragedy. For two years I lived and studied in San Francisco and know and love the Bay area. Tonight at the Irish Embassy in Paris there was a minute's silence in solidarity with all affected by the Californian tragedy. This took place during a Bloomsday celebration hosted by Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nasson and attended by Junior Minister Sean Sherlock. A. Troy

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Soccer Shame

I'll never forget the night in the Stade de France, Paris, when cheating became a million dollar/euro business. What a terrible message to give people trying to live honest lives. AT