Today, 21st October 2012, we had extraordinarily sunny weather in Ireland, which was ideal for the picnic day. We started with Sunday Mass at Holy Cross Abbey, presided over by Fr. Jeremiah Murphy, Provincial Rector of the Mother of Divine Love Province. This historical place, once a Cistercian monastery, is now a parish church. During his homily, Fr. Jeremiah (Derry) reminded us of our sacred duty to know Christ and to help others to know him, for which we ourselves need to grow in the spirit of communion.
Subsequently, we went to see the Rock of Cashel and afterwards had lunch in a restaurant, together with our confrere, Bishop Séamus Freeman. We then went to Kilkenny, where we visited the Cathedral of Bishop Freeman and Kilkenny Castle. It was a very happy moment for all of us to meet with our ex-General, now bishop of Ossory diocese. Bishop Freeman spoke to us briefly about the importance of kindling the fire of faith in our families. We prayed together and he gave us a blessing before we left for Thurles. As a whole, it was a fantastic day of outing after a week of continuous meetings and discussions.