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“I just want to say, from the bottom of my heart a very sincere and heartfelt thank you for all you have done and continue to do through Christopher Inn International.

I must say that I am still very moved and overwhelmed not only by the kindness and generosity of you and your family but also that of the many lay people of St John’s parish Minnesota, the Carmelite order and in particular the man who offered his terminal illness and death for this project.

Almost one year later, I feel compelled to contact you to express once again my deep gratitude for facilitating such a memorable and enriching few days in Adare. Please be assured of my prayers and a remembrance in the Holy Mass for your intentions and those of the benefactors.”

“Renewed thanks to yourself, your family and benefactors for our wonderful time together at Adare. Please be assured that your very good self, your family and all benefactors are remembered in my prayers and Masses.

...I believe the work the Lord has entrusted to you is very necessary.”

“I wish to thank you sincerely and all connected with the Christopher Inn movement for giving me the opportunity to spend three days in Adare Manor. It was a truly memorable experience. What struck me was how much the whole operation is inspired by the faith and generosity of so many faithful Catholics in the U.S.”

“May the Lord continue to shower his choicest blessings on all involved in this inspiring project.”

“For me as a Priest our few days spent together was a time of reflection, rest and fraternity... something I think all priests need from time to time.”

“The Christopher Inn is not aligned to any group but has come about through the vision of one woman and her family. Together with generous benefactors in the USA they have now started to put their vision into practice.

Please pray for this initiative and if you live stateside look at their website and see how you can help materially. Irish people will be able to donate to this good cause as they now have charitable status in Ireland.”

“The ‘gift of the laity’ is a very important message.”

“It was a wonderful couple of days spent in fraternity. We reflected on the document, ‘The Priest, Minister of Divine Mercy.’ Fr. Vincent Twomey led us in our reflections.”

“Thank you very much indeed for making possible our memorable days at the Christopher Inn here in Ireland. All the priests who joined were overwhelmed at your generosity.

We spent a few days in the most beautiful surroundings and our retreat director, Fr. Vincent Twomey, S.V.D. provided us with excellent spiritual material. It was wonderful to have Joan, her two sons, and daughter-in-law with us....”

“There’s no ideology, just generosity.”

“How wonderful that there is a family, not an organization, at the heart of this. It is like a home, not an institution.”

“This [experience] was superb! Absolutely superb!”

“We had Vespers, Adoration and Benediction in the Trinitarian Church Adare. A wonderful pre-reformation Church that is still used by Catholics. Adare Church was the scene of one of the first acts of Martyrdom in Ireland during the penal days. 40 members of the Trinitarian Order were murdered there. Each morning we celebrated Mass and Lauds; afterwards we breakfasted. In the mornings we had two periods of reflections on the document. The afternoons were free. We had dinner together each evening.”

A priest invited to the May program, but unable to attend, writes:

“Happy Easter to you and many thanks for the invite to the forthcoming Program for Priestly Renewal in Limerick. It is unfortunate that due to parish commitments it is an invitation that I am unable to avail of. However, if in the near future another such event is organised please let me know and keep me in your consideration for attendance.”

“I have heard very positive things about what you are undertaking and I wish you every grace and blessing for the Adare meeting and for future gatherings. I will be praying for its success and please keep me in the mailing list!”

“The Christopher Inn International proposes to offer refreshment, priestly fraternity, and ongoing personal formation in an environment that would be a welcome change from just another program in an institutional setting. Such formation will likely be well-received and a benefit to those engaged in priestly ministry.

...A program in Ireland surely has natural international appeal. Ireland is centrally located for the Catholic Church in Africa, Europe, North and South America. This would serve as an extra benefit for all who will delight in the international reality of our Church. As Scripture says, ‘How good it is when brothers come together sharing their delight in the Lord.’

I welcome the possibility of a place of refreshment and renewal for the priests who are under my care.”

Most Reverend Peter F. Christensen
Bishop of the Diocese of Boise, Idaho, USA

“Dear Beloved Friends of Priests,

Thank you so much for this great initiative to assist priests in such a unique way. It is surely a precious gift in this year of the priesthood. I am a priest and I know that the relevance of an on-going formation should never be under-estimated, especially at times like this. To say that this came at the right time is to say the least. Thank you so much.

I promise to continue praying for its complete realization; for the glorification of God, honour to Our Mother Mary, renewal of priests and salvation to all.

May God continue to sustain you all. All to Jesus, through Mary, Our Mother!

Bless you.”

Fr. Innocent Ezeonyeasi, Assistant Chaplain, The Nigerian Catholic Chaplaincy, England & Wales