You can listen back to the full programme podcast HERE.
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (aka the monks of Moyross)
Lorraine and John visited the friars in Moyross a couple of weeks back and we are delighted to broadcast the first of three part series on this unusual community working and living in our diocese.
The Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal was begun in 1987 by eight Capuchin Franciscan friars under the leadership and initiative of Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR. From these eight members and their first friary of St. Crispin’s in the South Bronx, the Friars of the Renewal have grown to about 120 men in number from at least 12 countries. Their houses have expanded to include six in the metropolitan New York area, a Friary in New Mexico and missions in England and Honduras and two in Ireland.
"A new breed of monk is making waves in the heart of the Bronx in New York, and is beginning to have an impact here too. They opened their first house in Ireland in Moyross, Co Limerick. In the Bronx they ran soup kitchens, shelters for the homeless but they are somewhat baffled by Moyross: "There's a different kind of need here. It's a social need and a spiritual need. but it is not so tangible in a lot of ways and it's not easy to find out a way in which we are going to bring this to the people other that just being here.," says Brother Shawn. And that's exactly what they are doing - just being, living in two attached council houses in one of the streets in Moyross."You can listen to Br Thomas interview excerpted from the main programme HERE where he reflects on his vocation journey and the work of the friars in Limerick as an apostolate of presence.
You can watch an episode of Would You Believe HERE.
From Catholic Charismatic Renewal you can read article HERE.
Christian Science Monitor article HERE.
An episode from EWTN's Sunday Night Prime in August 2013
Gospel - John 14:1-12 (5th Sunday of Easter)
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.