And how important is the role of prayer in the life of NCI?
NCI was conceived and founded in prayer, and has been sustained by prayer. This is one reason why we have named Bishop Dermot Molloy McDermott as our honorary Patron. As a young priest in Alabama, Bishop Molloy helped Mother Angelica start EWTN shortly after he became a missionary, and spent 50 years in active service as a priest and bishop. With the motto “Love is repaid by love,” he accomplished extraordinary things, especially in the field of education, under difficult conditions, through a total reliance on prayer and Providence. Forced to retire by ill health, he spent the last 8 years of his life offering all of his suffering for the church, and in particular, in his final years, for the establishment of Newman College Ireland.
What isyour final message to our readers?
We rely heavily on the many prayers that have been promised by those who enthusiastically encourage and support the founding of this new fledgling institution. (I pray daily for it.) In the end, this is a spiritual battle, and we invoke the saints— especially the Irish saints—for our protection and guidance.
Special to Aleteia. If you would like to find out more about NCI and ways to support this exciting and important project for Ireland and the Church, please visit: http://www.newmancollegeireland.com/
Daniel Blackmanis a writer living in London, England.