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Chaplaincy

About

Whether you’re new to the college or returning, close to home or studying abroad, you are very welcome to Mary Immaculate College! Our Chaplaincy team is privileged to accompany MIC students on the journey through college. With all its joys and opportunities, college also brings its share of questions and struggles. If you are looking for support, fellowship, or opportunities to share and serve, the Chaplaincy service is here for you.

This full-time service works in close cooperation with other student support services on both the Limerick and Thurles campuses. It is available to students and staff, welcoming those of all faiths and none.

The Chaplaincy service supports students during times of bereavement, illness and during occasions of personal or family upheaval. It is possible to discuss issues of concern in confidence. We also honour students’ joys and celebrations, and do fun things as well in cooperation with the Student’s Union and various societies.

The Chaplaincy team can be contacted on: Chaplaincy.Team@mic.ul.ie or + 353 61 204339; it also has a dedicated Facebook page and can be found on Instagram @chaplaincy.team.

 

Although it sounds obvious, spiritual accompaniment must lead others ever closer to God, in whom we attain true freedom. One who accompanies others has to realise that each person’s situation before God and their life in grace are mysteries which no one can fully know from without - Pope Francis

Contact
Chaplain, MIC Limerick
Fr Michael Wall
+353 61 204331 / +353 86 2550436
Contact
Chaplain, MIC Thurles
Fr Joe Walsh
+353 86 7714888

Our Mission

Mission Statement

The role of the Chaplaincy service is to provide a supportive and challenging environment that fosters a spirit of inclusiveness on campus: valuing spiritual and cultural diversity and offering a chance to live and think through one's faith. The service networks with other agencies, which promote holistic development and a sense of justice for all.

MIC Limerick

Fr Wall, provides Roman Catholic religious services in the College Chapel and Mass is celebrated daily during term-time. Arrangements are in place to provide services for non-Catholic students. The Chapel and the Meditation Room (behind the Chapel) are always open to students who wish to pray, reflect or just be in a quiet place. Opportunities for prayer and faith sharing exist for those who wish to avail of them. Father Wall offers the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) at any time upon request.

There is also a symbol free meditation room in G33B, available for prayer to those who desire such a space.

You are welcome to drop into the Chaplaincy Room (T108) at any time. It is a relaxed, comfortable, friendly and social community space. You may come in to socialise, to have a cup of tea or just to meet other students.

MIC, St Patrick's Campus, Thurles

MIC, St Patrick’s Campus, Thurles also has a vibrant Liturgy team that organises various Liturgical celebrations during the academic year including programmes for the preparation of Extraordinary Eucharistic Minister and Lector. The beautiful chapel here is open daily and Mass is celebrated at various times of the year.

Chaplain, Fr Joe Walsh, is available on campus on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and some Wednesdays from approximately 11am-2.30pm. He is also available for emergency contact.

Pray + Serve + Connect

Pray

The Sacrifice of the Mass is offered in the College Chapel at 1pm Monday-Thursday, and at 8.25am on Friday. To see a list of Masses for special occasions, see the Events tab.

Masses at local churches are listed here: Catholic / Church of Ireland

The Chaplaincy Team also works with classes and groups to mark special feasts and occasions. If you are interested in planning a liturgy such as an anniversary Mass, make an initial contact with the Chaplaincy co-op students (Chaplaincy.Team@mic.ul.ie) so that they can work with you.

Serve

The Chaplaincy Team serves with head, heart, and hands:

  • Providing information through notice boards, and offering liturgical materials and seasonal displays (Jesse tree, Advent calendars and wreaths, the Christmas crib, Lenten and Easter gardens)
  • Assisting those in need by networking with local charities and causes
  • Participating in events both on and off campus

As well as full-time staff, in each semester two Third Year BA students take up work placements with the Chaplaincy and are based in T108.

Connect

We network with various groups within the College, but also cultivate strong bonds with community groups and initiatives.

College connections cultivated include: Health Promotion; departments of Theology & Religious Studies and Learning, Society & Religious Education; catering & household staff; Sports Office; Developing Links group; Medico Humanities Group; Academic Learning Centre; Health and Safety, English/Irish/Geography/Music and History departments; Wired FM; Library, AV/ICT; the Arts Office; Education Office and Student Academic Administration.

Community groups and initiatives supported: One World Awareness Society (including the facilitation of One World Week); Trócaire and Concern fasts; World Earth Day; World Food Day; International Human Rights Day; Ecumenical Women's forum; International Women's Day of Prayer; Women's World Day of Prayer; Seachtain na Gaeilge; Week for Christian Unity.

30/4/2018   With Compliments. His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, commissioned 62 students as extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist and 3 students as Ministers of the Word, at a ceremony in the College Chapel on Monday, 30th April. The first recipoent ever to be commissioned by a Papal Nuncio in Ireland was Aislinn Barry, from Clerihan, Clonmel, Co Tipperary and a 4th year BEd student at MIC is congratulated by Archibishop Jude. Photograph Liam Burke Press 22

Mary Immaculate College Chaplaincy Cian Lynch Aaron Gillane
Chaplain, Fr Wall, with MIC students & Limerick All-Ireland hurlers, Cian Lynch & Aaron Gillane
Mary Immaculate College Chaplaincy
The Papal Nuncio on his visit to MIC where he commissioned 62 students as Eucharistic Ministers
Mary Immaculate College Chaplaincy
Sr Clarke with student helpers at MIC Open Day 2018
Mary Immaculate College Chaplaincy
The MIC Chapel and Quad at night

Events

Important Dates 2019

  • 6 January: Feast of the Epiphany (Little Christmas/Nollaig Na mBan) (Catholic)
  • 13 January: Guru Gobindh Singh birthday (Sikh)
  • 21 January: Spring semester lectures begin
  • 1 February: St Brigid’s Day
  • 2 February: Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas Day)
  • 3 February: Feast of St. Blaise (Blessing of Throats)
  • 5 February: Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)
  • 11 February: International Day of Prayer for the Sick
  • 14 February: St Valentine’s Day
  • 19 February: Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)
  • 25 February- 10 March: Fairtrade Fortnight
  • 1-17 March: Seachtain na Gaeilge
  • 5 March: Shrove Tuesday
  • 6 March: Ash Wednesday (distribution of ashes); Lent begins
  • 7 March: Hindu New year
  • 8 March: International Womans Day
  • 17 March: St Patrick’s Day (Catholic)
  • 20 March: Purim (Jewish) begins at sundown / Naw Ruz (Bahai New Year)
  • 21 March: Holi (Hindu)
  • 22 March: Hola Mohalla (Sikh)
  • 12 April: MIC lectures end
  • 14 April: Palm Sunday – Holy Week begins
  • 18 April: Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) (Catholic – Christian)
  • 19 April: Pesach (Passover) (Judaism) / Good Friday (Catholic – Christian) / Theravada New Year (Buddhist)
  • 21 April: Easter Sunday (Catholic – Christian)
  • 22 April: Earth Day
  • 20 April-10 May: Spring semester exams
  • 5 May-4 June: Ramadan (Islam)
  • 19 May: Buddha Day – Visakha Puja

Happy Summer Holidays 2019!

Links

General

Prayer & Reflection

Good thoughts

See below for more useful links divided into different categories from A-Z.

  • Developed for people who like something a little removed from ‘organised religion'. Regular features include Mystery Worshipper, Gadgets for God, The Fruitcake Zone, Signs and Blunders and the Caption Competition: www.ship-of-fools.com
  • UK organisation, offering live Christian radio and music channels, news, reviews teachings, counselling, magazines and prayers: www.premier.org.uk
  • Here you can read the bible in many languages and locate a particular verse or reference. The history of the English bible is also available: www.bibles.net/
  • Helps to educate you on what the bible is really about. Each day a short passage from the bible is posted up, together with notes to help you understand it. There is plenty more like monthly competitions, reviews, audio dramas, film reviews and a discussion board: www.word-on-the-web.co.uk
  • Search several different translations of the bible simultaneously in up to 10 different languages plus useful concordance: www.biblegateway.com
  • Graphic presentation of objects, topics from the scrolls from the Dead Sea: http://sunsite.unc.edu/expo/deadsea.scrolls.exhibit/overview.html 
  • Texts and translations, linguistic resources, lexica and libraries: www.torreys.org/bible

 

Baptist Church

Anglian Church

Greek Orthodox

 

 

 

 

 

  • Website run by Christians with an aim to help people connect their faith with everyday life. A network of people provides support and advice on a number of issues affecting all of us in our lives: www.xalt.co.uk
  • Website for people wanting to explore Christian life and talk about faith, Christianity and life: www.church.co.uk
  • Embody ia a design agency specialising in Internet multimedia, animation and illustration. They also are the producers of the Emberdays project, which is a spiritual exploration using interactive media: www.embody.co.uk
  • Brother Roger founded the Taize Community to find ways beyond the divisions between Christians. It is dedicated to Christian ecumenical work and worship: www.taize.fr/en
  • Spring Harvest is an annual Easter celebration, conference and music festival. 60,000 Christians of all ages from a wide range of church backgrounds are attracted to the Main Event Conference every year: www.springharvest.org
  • Christian Arts Festival held in August at the Cheltenham Racecourse. It is a place to learn and experience and thousands of people keep going back year: www.greenbelt.org.uk
  • Spiorad, Celtic Spirituality Summer School. A week of lectures, workshops, prayer, sacred rituals, Irish Culture and spraoí on the beautiful island of Inis Oírr: www.araninisheer.com/Spiorad/index.htm
  • Clare-based institute for reflection on faith and culture in Ireland today: http://ceifin.com

  • Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street NYC. The main feature is an interactive slideshow tour of the 9/11 exhibition, featuring the St Paul's ministry to ground zero workers: www.trinitywallstreet.org
  • Christus Rex et Redemptor Mundi (Graphic site dedicated to pilgrimage with virtual tours of holy cities and famous churches): www.christusrex.org
  • Israel Visit Page (informative site for planning to visit the Holy Land): www.israelvisit.co.il
  • World Wide Arts Resources (Art galleries, directories and links): www.wwar.com

Missions

  • Association of priests and lay people who aim to promote Catholicism through evangelism: www.cms.org.uk
  • The Leprosy Mission cares for the people whose lives have been disadvantaged through this disease. It works in 28 countries worldwide and benefits half a million people today: www.leprosymission.org

 

 

 

Judaism

Mormonism 

  • Official site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is specifically designed for those who are interested in learning more about the basic doctrines, teachings, history, and organisation of the Church: www.mormon.org

Buddhism

Islam

Hinduism

Bahai

  • The Bahá'í Faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions. Its central theme is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society: www.bahai.org

Staff

Fr Michael Wall

BA (NUI); BD and STL (Maynooth)
Lecturer & College Chaplain Chaplaincy
  • Phone: +353 61 204331
  • Email: Michael.Wall@mic.ul.ie
  • Location: G48

Sr Beatrice Clarke


Chaplaincy
  • Email: Beatrice.Clarke@mic.ul.ie

MIC Co-Op Students

Ciara Ryan and Cillian Dunne are are third year BA students on work placement who will be assisting the Chaplaincy the Chaplaincy co-op students for the spring semester. You can find them in Room T108 in the TARA Building, or reach them on:

T: +353 61 204399
E:  Chaplaincy.Team@mic.ul.ie 

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