Fr Martin can’t wait for pope
Fr Martin O’Hagan, one third of the critically acclaimed classical music group The Priests, believes Pope Francis’ “historical” visit to Ireland will be “very healing” and “uplifting” for the country.
Fr O’Hagan, a parish priest of Newtownards and Comber in the Diocese of Down and Connor, revealed that meetings to co-ordinate transport to this year’s World Meeting of Families, which will be held in Dublin, had already taken place in his parish.
“I think there’s a wave of excitement, I think it’s wonderful that he is coming, it will be very healing and it will highlight the importance of family life, which is, as we know, the essential building blocks and cells of society,” Fr O’Hagan told The Universe.
The priest, who serves two churches – the Church of St Patrick in Newtownards and the Church of Our Lady of the Visitation in Comber, added: “We need to honour and thank God for the gift of family, in all its forms and ask God to help us and continue to be witnesses into the future.”
The Holy Father will visit Dublin from 25th to 26th August for the final days of the World Meeting of Families.
Speaking on the Holy Father’s visit, Fr O’Hagan said: “I think his presence will be uplifting, I think it’s historical and I think it will be healing as well in so many ways. I think there’s something prophetic that he asked that Ireland be the host nation to look after the World Meeting of Families.”
The World Meeting of Families 2018 will open on Tuesday, 21st August and provide a joyful and enriching occasion for adults, young people and children.
Lasting five days, there will be time to meet and share, pray and reflect, grow in faith and love, celebrate, as well as gather strength to continue the journey of life.
It will conclude on Sunday, 26th August with a final Mass on the theme ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’.
Fr O’Hagan added: “It will be wonderful to host so many people coming from different countries and they all have a united purpose and a sense of delight in the importance of family in a society which is changing so radically, and yet family remains at the heart, so I’m looking forward to it very much indeed.”
In next week’s edition of The Universe:
Fr O’Hagan speaks to Nick Benson in next week’s Universe about juggling his life as a priest and his singing career. He also speaks about The Priest’s forthcoming concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Friday, 1st June, which is in aid of children’s charity Nugent and the Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool.
Tickets for The Priest’s concert at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall are priced from just £16 and are selling fast. They can be obtained from the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall box office on 0151 709 3789; online at liverpoolphil.com; or from the shop at the Metropolitan Cathedral.
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