Vision 2020: Faith into the Future

Dear friends,
Greetings to all. In these strange days, I hope you are all safe and well. The good news (at least for me) is that the website is back up and running fully. I took the opportunity to remove out of date material and to make the website site more consistent and more attractive.

1. Scripture Summer School 2020
Our annual Summer School takes place this year online. The overall topic is “Vision 2020: Faith into the Future.” Each presenter is offering 6 presentations on their chosen topic. The School this year is spread over two weeks, to allow time to attend to the Zoom lectures at your leisure. In the week June 22-26, there will be four live Zoom conferences for Q+A and further discussion. The cost per household is €40. To register, all you do is send an email to me and then make the payment on line. Our sincere hope is that the Summer School will still be an enjoyable learning experience for everyone. All the detail may be seen on the dedicated web page.

2. Notes on the Readings
Full notes (PDF)
Gospel notes (Audio)
Gospel notes (Portable)

As a contribution to these times, an extra exploration of the Sunday Gospel has been added. It should be sufficient to click on the link.
The Gospel: a deeper exploration (Zoom lecture)
The full list of Zoom presents is here.

3. Book on the readings from Easter to Pentecost
Hearers of the Word. Exploring & Praying the Readings. Easter to Pentecost Year A.
In reality, the book includes Trinity Sunday and Corpus Christi as well.
Because of the C19 crisis, Messenger Publications are offering the book post free. Click here to get your own copy.

4. Coping with the crisis
Dublin Diocese website has great resources.
There are also some reflections and prayers on www.tarsus.ie.
I draw your attention in particular to two things:

  • reflection by José A. Pagola, the Spanish biblical scholar and author of Jesus. An Historical
  • contemplative approach offered by the World Community for Christian Meditation.
  1. Extra
    By way of something extra, I’ve start to put up photos of archaeological siteson my website. These may trigger pleasant memories. For the moment it offered only Akko/Acre and Megiddo. The plan is to add a site a day.

    6. The homeless
    Each year, I undertake one charity cycle — for the homeless. LIke many of you, Peter McVerry is a hero to me. If you’d like to contribute to this year’s Wexford Cycle, then click on this link. At this stage, it is not certain that the cycle will take place at all — in that case, I’ll do it “privately” in the Phoenix Park by going around 14 times to make up the 140km. The target is ambitious —€10k — of which €1,735 has already been donated. Thanks to all.

    With very best regards,

    Kieran O’Mahony OSA

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