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Join Debbie Thrower for Irish Chaplaincy's Lent Retreat

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

You're invited to try this Lent Retreat – there is no charge, and you don’t need to attend every day!

Chief Executive of Irish Chaplaincy,

Eddie Gilmore, who joined last autumn’s Anna Chaplaincy Network Gathering explains:

‘Irish Chaplaincy is running a Lent Retreat via Zoom from March 6–10 and it’s free. There will be a daily conference at 9.30 am lasting 30/40 minutes, with a reflection from a range of great speakers.’ Contact:

Monday – Elizabeth Palmer Elizabeth is CEO of the SVP, St Vincent de Paul Society, in England and Wales.

TuesdaySr Monica Kileen Sister Monica is a Sister of Mercy and following her initial formation in religious life in North London, she trained as a Primary School teacher. Her first appointment was to a school in Commercial Rd, East London, with later appointments being to Dorset, South Wales and Somerset. Following early retirement from teaching she became a prison chaplain at Feltham Young Offenders Institution and later volunteered as an airport chaplain at Heathrow. During the last six years, she was a member of the leadership team for her congregation. She now lives in Feltham and works in the parish with another sister to support older/sick members of the parish.

Wednesday – Debbie Thrower Debbie is the pioneer of Anna Chaplaincy for Older People at BRF (Bible Reading Fellowship). She is a former journalist and broadcaster working for both BBC and ITV. In less than a decade, the Anna Chaplaincy network offering spiritual support has grown from just one – Debbie was the first Anna Chaplain – to more than 270 nationwide.

ThursdayJudy Powell Judy is a licensed lay minister in the Church of England, based at St Paul’s Church, in Camden Square not far from the London Irish Centre. A native of York, she worked in the motor industry before retirement and also spent a short time as a member of an ecumenical lay community in Surrey.

Friday Bishop Paul Dempsey Bishop Paul is originally from Carlow but lived most of his life in Kildare, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997 for Kildare and Leighlin Diocese. He has worked in parish life, youth ministry, vocations promotion and local radio. In January 2020, he was appointed bishop by Pope Francis to serve in the Diocese of Achonry in the West of Ireland. Achonry Diocese covers a small part of Roscommon and extends into Mayo and Sligo. He is Chair of the Irish Bishops’ Council for Emigrants

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