Former Police Ombudsman, Nuala O’Loan, TV bad boy Andrew Lancel, who is best known as Frank Foster in ‘Coronation Street’, and Irish journalist John Waters are among a diverse range of speakers who will be taking part in the annual Little Way Novena in Derry’s St. Eugene’s Cathedral next week.
Twelve years ago when the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux visited St Eugene’s Cathedral, thousands of people came to venerate them. Since then the Cathedral has held an annual Little Way Novena in honour of St Thérèse and this year’s novena begins at tomorrow night’s 7.30pm Mass, which will be celebrated by Bishop Edward Daly.
During the Mass the Sacrament of the Sick will also be celebrated.
On Sunday evening at 6pm, during a time of prayer and devotions David Prescott, the son of former British Labour Party deputy leader, John Prescott, will speak about his journey of faith. David is a PR and social media consultant based in London who became a Catholic at 34.
From next Monday to Friday there will be Novena Masses at 6.30am and 10.00am and each evening at 7.30pm there will be a guest speaker and also a time for silent prayer in the presence of the Eucharist as the church begins its final period of preparation for the Eucharistic Congress. Monday evening’s speaker is Sr Stanislaus Kennedy who has been a Religious Sister of Charity since 1958. She established ‘Focus Ireland’, the biggest national, voluntary organisation helping people to find, create and maintain a home.
On Tuesday evening Abbot Edmund Power from St Paul’s Outside the Walls in Rome will be the speaker while on Wednesday it will be Irish journalist, magazine editor and columnist John Waters.
On Thursday evening actor Andrew Lancel, who is best known for his appearance as Frank Foster in ‘Coronation Street’ and his role as DI Neil Manson in ‘The Bill, will speak about his faith. Last week Andrew won the TV villain of the year award!
On Friday Baroness Nuala O’Loan will be the guest speaker. She was the first Police Ombudsman between 1999 and 2007 and was appointed to the House of Lords in July 2009.
The closing ceremony for the Novena will take place on Sunday, 20th May at 3pm. The novena promises to be a time of great joy and will be an opportunity for people to come to the Cathedral and ask St Thérèse to pray for them. During the novena there will be a petition box beside the statue of St Thérèse. These petitions will be remembered at all the Masses and each evening.Everyone is welcome to St Eugene’s Cathedral for this time of prayer and petition.