As the time to celebrate the Holy Family and the birth of Jesus draws nearer we would like to wish all our many supporters, their friends and their families around the world a truly happy and peaceful Christmas season.
Sweden was once a Catholic country. Due to influences from religious orders such as the Cistercians, Franciscans, Dominicans and even some Carthusian convents, Sweden became a truly Catholic provenance during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. We had even our own founder of an order, Saint Bridget, patron of Europe.
Following on from Saint John Paul’s original invitation to Catholics to pray the Mysteries of Light or Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary on Thursdays, communities from every continent have been contemplating the public life of Jesus Christ, but with the launch of Rosary Thursday the lay faithful may additionally offer their prayers for the sanctification of priests around the world, which is the Worldpriest Annual Global Rosary Relay prayer intention.
On 14 November 2017, the feast of Saint Laurence O’Toole, Principal Patron of the Dublin Diocese,two young men – Bill O’Shaughnessy and James Daly – were raised to the priesthood in Dublin’s St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral.