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Columban Fr Gerard Dunn RIP

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Fr Gerard Dunn 15 December 1937 - 24 September 2018
With the passing of Fr Gerard (Gerry) Dunn on 24 September 2018 the Region of Britain of the Columbans lost one of its most memorable characters.
Father Gerry was born on 15 December 1937 to a well-known Catholic family in Glasgow which had a mineral water business. He very much remained a Glaswegian at heart and in later years delighted in showing his fellow Columbans around his native city.
St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow[Wikipedia]

After his early education, Father Gerry followed his father into the medical profession.
Having qualified and practiced as a doctor in Glasgow for a relatively short time, he decided to embark on a different kind of healing ministry – as a Columban missionary priest.
He went to St Columban's, Dalgan Park, County Meath, Ireland, in 1962 and was ordained on 21 December 1967.  Because of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Britain that year, ordinations did not take place in Dalgan Park, which has a f…

'The Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs . . .' Sunday Reflections, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

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Madonna and Child, Pompeo Batoni, c.1742 Galleria Borghese, Rome
For thus says theLord:
I will extend prosperity to her like a river,and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream;
and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm,and dandled on her knees.
As a mother comforts her child,so I will comfort you;
you shall be comforted in Jerusalem (Isaiah 66:12-13). From today’s First Reading.
GospelLuke 10:1-12, 17-20 (NRSV, Catholic Ed,)
After this the Lord appointed seventyothers and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

'The strength that empowered me was the Eucharist.' Sunday Reflections, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

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Sandhill Mass Rock('Carraig an Aifrinn', in Irish), County Donegal, Ireland.
During the 17th century, when Catholics in Ireland were persecuted, Mass was often celebrated in remote places, with aMass rockas the altar.
Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA) 
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa) 
GospelJohn 6:51-58(Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition)
Jesus said to the crowds: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you; he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will rai…