A Derry priest who ministered in the Long Tower parish during the height of the Troubles will be the first speaker at the church’s solemn novena which will take place over the next two months.
Beginning on Sunday night at 6 p.m., Father Michael Collins will be the first speakers as the parish celebrates nine Sundays of the solemn annual novena in Honour of our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Father Michael Collins is a retired priest of the Diocese of Derry, he served in parish ministry for all of his priestly ministry spending eighteen of those years at Saint Columba’s Church Long Tower, where he served as the parish administrator at the high of the troubles.
He has been and continues to be a frequent broadcaster on Radio Ulster’s ‘Thought for the Day’. He has a passion for photography and known best for his slides shown on Good Friday. He is a published author, books available from Veritas Shipquay Street, Derry.
Father Brendan Collins of the Long Tower Church said: “We welcome Father Collins back and we look forward to hearing him speak to us on our theme of ‘Mary at the Foot of the Cross’, as begin the nine Sundays of our Solemn Annual Novena in Honour of our Lady of Perpetual Help.”
A number of speakers will take part in the Novena over the coming Sundays. They include principal of Thornhill College Marguerite Hamilton who will speak in the church on November 15. Other speakers are Deacon Chris McDermott, Fr Michael McGrath, Fr Ryan McAleer, Sr Angela Burke and Fr Tom Scanlon.