Let’s Get This Novena Started



This afternoon.

The Knock shrine, Knock, Co Mayo

Worst hen party ever.

A brace of American nuns prepare for the start today of a National Novena (NINE days of prayer) where 100,000 pilgrims are expected at the shrine for a rosary-a-thon.

Last pic from left, Sr. Maximilian Marie from the Dominican Sisters of Mary (DSM) in Ann Arbor Michigan, Sr. Monica from the Franciscan Sister of the Renewal (FSR) in New York City, Mother Lucille (FSR), Sr. Mary Cecilia (DSM), Sr. Jacinta (FSR) and Sr. Clare (FSR).

‘Lil’ Mother Lucille (second left above) was the first nun to complete a ‘decade’ in under eight minutes.

Earlier: Bring Your Own Beads

(Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie)

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51 thoughts on “Let’s Get This Novena Started

  1. tony

    Great women. My aunt is a nun and what they did for health and education in this country could never have been afforded by the state. And all voluntary. I hope sometime they get the credit that is due.

        1. realPolithicks

          Tony, your Aunt may be a saint but lets not try to pretend that a great many of them were nothing short of monsters.

          1. Daisy Chainsaw

            Like laundries and baby selling rackets or industrial schools with slave labour making rosary beads instead of recieving an education?

          2. keyboardwarrior

            Oh wow! You are so brave – sitting there at your computer pointing out the ills of the country. Go you, super commentator!

    1. Bacchus

      It could have been afforded by the state and indeed nuns were paid by the state for it. The state (ie Dev) just rid itself of any responsibility for minor matters like health and education. 99% evil sanctimonious bitches.

      1. tony

        Very base, untrue and harsh, but would get likes if it were Facebook and a few thumbs up if it was the Journal. So thats a win so.

        1. Bacchus

          It’s only based on first hand personal experience, the experience of my sister and that of a close cousin who was a nun but left because she’s actually christian.

          1. Bacchus

            That’s 3 examples of people who had multiple experiences over many many years. I did meet one or two decent nuns but they weren’t encouraged by others in their coven.
            I assume they taught you maths?

    2. mauriac

      there’s an argument that the catholic church worked to dismantle and usurp the British secular state systems in health and education leading to a general societal retardation.

  2. Laughter Tack.

    Let’s not remember the baby selling Madeline laundry running nuns. Or capital punishment loving nuns. Or the ignoring sexual assaulting priest nuns.

    Let’s remember the good ones.

    They must be the 99.9%.

  3. Andyourpointiswhatexactly

    I saw a busload of ’em at one of those motorway service stations last night. I was wondering what they were up to. They were in mighty form. No wonder. NINE DAYS of having an aul pray. It’s the holy jackpot.

  4. mauriac

    publicly religious people should expect mockery but the tone of your novena posts is markedly different to the respectful one used for the Dublin Islamic centre from awhile ago

    1. Kieran NYC

      Did the Dublin Islamic Center illegally sell babies to America?

      That numpty spokesperson who suggested segregated schools and other strict Islamic policies a few months back got roundly mocked and ridiculed when he said something ridiculous.

  5. Grace

    It’s hilarious that there are so few religious folk in Ireland that nuns have to be shipped over en masse from the US to keep this sham going. NINE days of prayer – to the imaginary sky fairy – bonkers!

    1. Newsjustin

      Riiiight…..so they’re not just on an out holiday? What out those fake, cardboard nuns they use to boost numbers, huh?

  6. Truth in the News

    We believe and enshrine in our constitution the principle of freedom of religion
    However the Church through Knock is trying to reinvent its self, pilgrimage from
    New York and no doubt a Papal Visit, however as an institution its in denial of
    its past, therefore Richard Gibbons would need to think hard and long about
    all the money expended around Knock Bacilica in renewing it, but it will not renew
    the Irish Catholic Church, pity.

  7. bubbleandsqueak

    The average age of a nun in Ireland now is probably around the 80 mark.

    Literally dying out and won’t really be missed, as control and fear based regimes rarely are.

    1. Newsjustin

      There were little over 100 nuns in Ireland in the early 19th century. These things come and go. Ireland has no need for 10,000 nuns anymore. A handful of vibrant, mostly contemplative, convents will be fine.

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