Skip to comments.Four Franciscan friars take on Ireland's toughest city
Posted on 05/20/2010 5:38:57 PM PDT by markomalley
What happens when a former US Marine becomes a Franciscan friar and then goes on to found a monastery in the toughest district of Irelands toughest city?
In 2007, Father Sylvester and a small group of American friars from the Bronx, N.Y., did just that when they arrived in Limerick, Ireland. They left behind their former lives as a teacher, a soldier, a punk-rock singer, and a rapper to transform lives through prayer.
The urban district they live in, Moyross a sea of burned-down and boarded-up houses is always in the news for the wrong reasons: drugs, shootings, and stabbings. But the friars are working to change that. They have made a makeshift friary out of three abandoned houses in an attempt to bring spiritual renewal at the same level as a government-funded, multimillion-dollar regeneration program.
In a time of crisis for the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the friars are trying to give people hope in countercultural ways. Their bushy beards, broad smiles, and shaved heads not to mention their American drawls seem to have captured Irish hearts. In 2008, they even appeared on The Late Late Show (considered Irelands premier talk show) alongside Bono and Sinéad OConnor. But their celebrity is of a different kind. In an age of sexualized glamour, they practice humility and chastity; in an era of consumerism, they vow poverty.
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God bless them!
There is a city in IRELAND that is ROUNGH?? I really am SHOCKED!!
Should they open a branch office in Detroit?
There are some good priests in Detroit. :)
These must be Franciscan Friars of the Renewal; Fr. Benedict Groeschel’s guys!