The Mission: an anthropological view of an Irish religious occasion

Taylor, Lawrence J. (1989) The Mission: an anthropological view of an Irish religious occasion. In: Ireland from below : social change and local communities. Officina Typographica, Galway University Press, Galway, pp. 1-22. ISBN 9780907775218

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The summer had ended and the people of the mountainy parish of Glencolmbkille, in southwest Donegal, looked to the few events which promised to punctuate the dreary stretch of darkening days until Christmas. ‘Well there’s the “fleadh ceoil” at the end of October, and there’s the “mission” at the beginning of the month. A mission is a highly structured Catholic parish revival, carried out by a team of priests from one of several religious orders specializing in such activities. Vincentians, Oblates, and most often in Ireland, Redemptorists, come to such parishes as Glencolumbkille every two years or so and submit the local populace to a one- or two-week religious ‘total immersion’. The fathers visit homes, hear many hours of confessions, celebrate daily Mass and preach special sermons every evening of their stay.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Mission; Irish religious occasion; Catholic parish revival; Vincentians; Redemptorists; Oblates;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
Item ID: 2008
Depositing User: Professor Lawrence J. Taylor
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2010 15:01
Publisher: Officina Typographica, Galway University Press
Refereed: Yes

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