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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Thrower

An Advent retreat to warm your heart!

Updated: Nov 23, 2022

Some of you will have met Eddie Gilmore and Paul Raymond from Irish Chaplaincy at our Anna Chaplaincy Gathering last month.

Well, they have extended a warm invitation to join them for their daily Advent retreat online in the early part of December.

Each retreat will take place via Zoom from 9.30 am (lasting 30–45 minutes), including a reflection each day from a different speaker. Do contact Eddie by email: to secure your place. He emphasises there is no charge, and you don’t need to attend every day!

Note about the speakers:

Monday 5 December – Eddie Gilmore:

Eddie came to the Irish Chaplaincy in 2017 and one of the many things he enjoys doing with the wonderful team is organising retreats! He was delighted to have a book published at the end of 2021, Looking Ahead with Hope: Stories of humanity, wonder and gratitude in a time of uncertainty, and he never misses a chance to give it a little plug!

Tuesday 6 December Sr Philomena Purcell:

Philomena is an Ursuline sister who talks to God as a friend and who finds God mostly in nature. She has been the Roman Catholic chaplain in HMP Chelmsford for the past 20 years.

Wednesday 7 December – Fr John Cullen:

John was ordained for Elphin Diocese in the West of Ireland in 1978. He has served on the emigrant mission in London, as a volunteer missionary in Kenya and in various pastoral roles in Elphin Diocese. He is a former editor of ‘Intercom’, the journal of the Irish Episcopal Conference and he writes for many publications. He is now the Catholic representative on an interfaith outreach programme to homeless people, as well as serving as Chaplain in the Nazareth House Care Home in Hammersmith.

Thursday 8 December – Judy Powell:

Judy is a community chaplain at St Paul’s Church in Camden and is also a spiritual director.

Friday 9 December – Bishop Paul Dempsey:

Paul is the bishop of Achonry Diocese in the North West of Ireland and he chairs the Irish Episcopal Council for Emigrants.

Everyone is welcome and there is much overlap between Irish Chaplaincy's seniors work and our own ministry among older people through Anna Chaplaincy.




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