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Prayers Requested for Founding of New Irish Catholic College

Virgin MaryIn May, we highlighted a report about the group of educators, priests and lay people dedicated to creating a new Catholic college in Ireland.  They are now asking Catholics to join in seeking the Blessed Virgin Mary's intercession for the founding of the college by praying together to reach 3.5 million Memorare prayers.

According to a report in the Ave Maria Herald, former Ave Maria University President Nick Healy is working with the group to found the college.  Here's some background from the report:

Mr. Healy said in an interview that he was approached over a year ago by "a group of priests, educators and lay people in Ireland" who were impressed by the type of American Catholic colleges that, like AMU and 21 other schools, are recommended by the Cardinal Newman Society in its Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College as offering a faithful, Catholic education.

"They saw the intellectual and moral foundation of these schools, and there was nothing like that in Ireland," he said. ...

Mr. Healy will be spending his time on the school's initial challenge of raising enough money to purchase a facility and begin recruiting staff and faculty. A site with appropriate buildings has been identified in the Cork area, he said, but he said that the group now needs to raise at least $8 million by the end of September, of which it currently has about $1 million committed, most of it from an anonymous donor in the United States. ...

"The type of liberal arts education with a core curriculum, such as what is used at Ave Maria University, is virtually unknown in Ireland," he said. "And Ireland needs a Catholic intellectual center," which Mr. Healy said was part of Tom Monaghan's vision for what Ave Maria University could become. ...

The school likely would be named Newman College, for Blessed John Henry Newman, who started the Catholic University of Ireland in the mid 19th century, an effort that Mr. Healy said lasted just eight years when it failed to win support of either the Irish bishops or the British Crown.

Read the rest of the report here.

Kathy Sinnot, host of EWTN Radio's "Celtic Connections" program, is heavily involved with founding the future Irish Catholic college.  She is working to get the word out about the campaign to reach 3.5 million Memorare prayers for the college.  Kathy wrote:

We have made significant progress towards this end [founding the college] but have still some big hurdles to jump or rather be lifted over by Our Mother Mary. To this end we have promised Her 3.5 million Memorares. ... the main thing is to pray for the college to open and play its crucial part in the renewal of the faith in Ireland.

Please tell Kathy how many Memorares you are praying by sending her a note at kathysinnott@gmail.com.

The following is the text of the Memorare prayer:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.

Amen.

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