The Bishop of Derry, Most Rev Donal McKeown was in Thornhill College yesterday to launch a book about Pope Francis for children and young people.
The book, produced by the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, was illustrated by Year Seven pupils from Hollybush Primary School, supported by three Art students from Thornhill College who are participating in the Pope John Paul II Award. The book aims to help young people get to know Pope Francis, a man who knows and loves Jesus Christ.
Therese Ferry, from the Catechetical Centre said, ‘We hope the book will also encourage children and young people to read and reflect on the stories of Jesus and be inspired to develop a closer relationship with him, as their friend and brother’.
Music at the launch was provided by Thornhill College Choir and Miss Anne Marie Hickey. Ms Elizabeth Quigley led the choir in a beautiful rendition of Lord Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, based on the prayer of St Francis and Anne Marie Hickey sang The Magnificat, reminding us that as Pope Francis has said Mary, the Mother of Jesus, sings the ‘Magnificat of hope,’ a song of great joy, with us, with people everywhere, all over the world.
The new book is available form the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre, The Gate Lodge, 2, Francis Street, Derry, telephone +442871264087, email:firstname.lastname@example.org. and from Veritas, Shipquay St, Derry. Through the expertise of Leonard Meehan,
St Cecilia’s College, it will also be available shortly as an ebook.
Proceeds from the book will go towards faith development projects for young people in the diocese.
The Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre tries to bring people of every age into a closer relationship with Jesus by forging stronger relationships between the family, Catholic schools and parish communities.