Thurles (Agenzia Fides) - The second Friday in October is the day chosen in Ireland for children who come together to pray for their peers who live in other parts of the world, especially those from mission dioceses. Archbishop Kieran O'Reilly celebrated "Children's Mission Prayer Day" with over 700 young students in Thurles, in the County of Tipperary, on Friday 11 October 2019.
Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, who is at the head of the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, in Ireland, is a member of a missionary institute, the Society of African Missions (SMA), and has been on a mission in West Africa. He welcomed about 700 students from the school of Sant'Ailbe, the school of Saint Angela, the school of Santa Brigida, the national school of Morcarkey, the school of Santa Maria and the national school of Rahealty in the Cathedral of the Assumption.
The celebration, which has reached its twelfth year, took place in schools throughout Ireland, with the Cathedral chosen for the main celebration. The goal of the annual Children's Mission Prayer Day is to help transform our world for the better, supporting children through prayer and encouraging acts of sharing. The event is coordinated by the Pontifical Society of the Holy Childhood in Ireland. The national secretary of Holy Childhood, Julieann Moran, and teacher Deirdre Lanigan, prepared this year's celebration on the theme "Together we are mission". (JM/SL) (Agenzia Fides, 16/10/2019)