Fr. Tony Flannery Heretic or Prophet?

By Barbara Nolan For a heretic, Father Anthony Flannery is remarkably down-to-earth. The 67-year-old Redemptorist priest, a native of County Galway, has a sharp wit honed during a long career as an itinerant preacher and a highly developed sense of humor. “It’s important in the Church that you’re able to laugh,” he says. So it’s […]



Collegiate Irish Dancers Meet in Friendly Competition at Villanova University

(Photo above: Left to right: Kristen Sileo, Allison Wetterauw, Colleen Fitzpatrick, and Eileen McAlonan from the Catholic University of America accept the second place award for the Four Hand Reel from George Pinchock, Villanova’s assistant director of the Office of Music Activities.) By Brendan Clay “When I was younger, my mom would always show me […]


Two Irish Priests…and a missing parishioner

By Sabina Clarke The disappearance of West Chester University senior Shane Montgomery, a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Manayunk, has shaken and confounded the FBI, the Fifth District Police, the Northwest Detectives, the Police Marine Unit, the Police Canine Unit, and the Aviation Unit–all agencies assigned to the case. Federal agents have […]


Finding Private Maguire

By Msgr. Francis A. Carbine During the summer, 2014, John McDevitt of Ardmore, Pa., visited the National Library of Ireland, Dublin, to research Catholic Sacramental Registers available on microfilm. His particular interest was the parish of Donaghpatrick, Diocese of Tuam, County Mayo. He discovered that resources for viewing were excellent; however, the microfilmed records presented […]


Jon McGoran: Local Author, Global Themes, and Much Food for Thought

An Interview by Roslyn Blyn-LaDrew in August, 2014 issue of the Irish Edition. Now on newsstands and print edition.

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