John McAreavey and Martina Purdy will speak at Derry Novena

John McAreavey and his late wife Michaela (nee Harte).
John McAreavey and his late wife Michaela (nee Harte).

A BBC journalist who quit her job to become a nun will be the guest speaker at the Little Way Novena in St Eugene’s Cathedral on Monday night.

Martina Purdy who will speak at 7.30 p.m. caused shock across Northern Ireland when she entered the convent of the Adoration Sisters last year.

Martina Purdy.

Martina Purdy.

On Tuesday night the speaker will be John McAreavey who tragically lost his new bride Michaela (nee Harte) when she was murdered in Mauritius while on honeymoon in 2011.

John is a young man who has experienced tragedy in his life and whose Catholic faith has been central to him.

The Little Way Novena begins tomorrow, May 9 and runs until May 17.

The theme is “Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant ones, count as nothing”.

Two of the most integral elements of the Novena are the morning Eucharist at 6.30 am and 10.00 am and the Evening Devotions with a Guest Speaker at 7.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

The Relic of St Thérèse will be available for veneration.

Confessions will be available Monday to Friday after the 6.30 am Mass and after the 7.30 pm Evening Service.

The Novena will begin on Saturday (9th May) at 7.30 pm Mass with the Sacrament of the Sick which will be celebrated by Bishop Edward Daly.

On Sunday evening (10th May) at 6.00 pm during a time of prayer and devotions Bishop Donal McKeown will speak.

Elma Walsh will speak on Wednesday (13th May).

Elma is the mother of Donal Walsh, the young man from Kerry who died from cancer in May 2013.

Donal inspired so many people by his commitment to his faith and the manner in which he faced his death.

The Guest Speaker on Thursday (14th May) will be David Alton. David is from Liverpool, a former MP and a crossbench member of the House of Lords since 1997.

He is noted for his human rights work, his support of pro-life issues and his commitment to his Catholic faith.

Archdeacon Robert Miller will speak on Friday (15th May). Archdeacon Miller is the rector of Christ Church, Infirmary Road.

Over the years St Eugene’s and Christ Church have worked closely together in proclaiming the Christian message.

Mass for the Dead will be held on Saturday (16th May) at 10.00 am. Closing Ceremony and Blessing of Roses on Sunday (17th May) at 3.00 pm.

St Thérèse candles are on sale at the back of the Cathedral.

All are welcome to the events at the Cathedral.