The closing Mass of the Year of the Holy Name of Jesus took place on Saturday 3 January, the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, in Galway Franciscan Abbey. It was a beautiful and fitting way to give thanks to the Lord for all the many graces of the past year. Eugene Barrett OFM was the main celebrant of the Mass which also incorporated some of the Divine Office.

Earlier, at the 8.00am Mass at the Poor Clares in Nuns’ Island Pat Younge OFM celebrated the Mass of the feast for the sisters and congregation. The Community of Nuns’ Island feel blessed to have inherited a special devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus from their foremothers in religion under the guidance of Fr. Francis Donnelly OFM who began the renewal of the devotion in Ireland in 1914.

The Year of the Holy Name was celebrated throughout Ireland during 2014, especially by the Franciscan Family. It has been a Jubilee Year full of blessings and graces for many.

Eugene Barrett OFM leads the celebration at the Abbey.