Liverpool Knights of St Columba enjoy Welsh retreat

Holywell/Pantasaph double for Knights

• A weekend retreat in north Wales provided an early summer highlight for a group of Liverpool Knights of St Columba.

The brothers from council 493 travelled to St Winefride's hostel in Holywell on 23 June along with Father Sean Kirwan, parish priest of St Paul's and St Timothy's. They spent their first evening together reflecting on a passage from St Matthew's gospel and the next day headed for Pantasaph Friary to pray at the Stations of the Cross before returning to Holywell to participate in a prayer service and veneration of St Winefride's relic.

The weekend retreat concluded with Mass said by Father Sean and the photo [below right] shows some of the brothers during their time away. All unanimously agreed they had thoroughly enjoyed the experience and felt spiritually refreshed by this wonderful break.

• Earlier in June, members of the same council had celebrated their annual dinner at St Paul's parish centre, attended by provincial grand knight Pat Foley and his wife Ann. Brother Pat highlighted the work that all the councils undertake in the province and thanked everyone present for supporting the event.

Outgoing council grand knight Andrew Cleary, meanwhile, spoke passionately about the fundraising work carried out by the council and of their continued backing for the local food bank, while there was a warm welcome for his newly elected successor Mark Thompson. 

• Finally, a Mass for council 458 members on the Isle of Man included a special ceremony at which plaques donated by Canon Philip Gillespie, the former council chaplain, were given to past grand knights. Present at the ceremony were Fathers Leo Stoker and Brian Dougherty, and the wives and widows of council members; a hot-pot supper followed in St Columba's parish hall.