The Munster Pioneer gathering which took place in Fitzgerald’s Woodlands Hotel, Adare on Sunday, October 1st. was an outstanding success and over a hundred members attended – according to local organiser, Tom Horan.
“The President of the Association, James Shevlin, gave the opening address, followed by Fr. Bernard McGuckian, Central Director of the association who spoke about the importance of wearing the Pioneer badge in public.
Importance of Prayer
“He said he would not feel properly dressed without it. He stressed the importance of prayer for the protection of the Pioneer pledge,” said Mr. Horan.
“A member of the audience described her husband’s battle with alcoholism and the effects it had on their family.
“The Blessed Sacrament was exposed for one hour, during which time prayers and hymns were sung. After lunch, a lively debate took place over many topics, concerning the future of the Pioneer movement.
Still Relevant Today
“It was felt that the Pioneers are still relevant in today’s increasingly secular society. At the end of the day, Mass was celebrated by the Bishop of Limerick, most Reverend Brendan Leahy with the help of all priests present.
“Thanks and praise must go to the organisers, especially to Sorcha O’Leary who chaired the meeting efficiently and to the management and staff of the hotel, for their excellent service,” said Tom in conclusion.
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