Denver, Colo., Aug 23, 2023 / 14:53 pm
Irish-American Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York celebrated Mass at a “Mass rock” in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, during a pilgrimage with roughly 40 people from the Archdiocese of New York on Aug. 21.
Dolan shared in a video that he has had the honor of celebrating Mass in several special places such as St. Peter’s Basilica, Lourdes, and the Holy Land, but this location is particularly meaningful.
“I don’t know if anything is more meaningful than having Mass on a rock in the middle of the woods, hidden away, and recalling those brave Irish people who, because they were persecuted for their faith, at the threat of their lives, would sneak out into the woods when the priests would come, with sentinels watching for the British troops, and come to hold Mass and holy Communion here,” he said.
I’ve had the honor of celebrating Mass in many places, but I don’t know if anything is more meaningful than a Mass on this rock, recalling those brave Irish people who sacrificed everything because of their hunger for the Holy Eucharist.@thegnewsroom pic.twitter.com/6FBMXIfC3u— Cardinal Dolan (@CardinalDolan) August 21, 2023