News of the Knights of St Columba, Liverpool province

By David Keane

Irish bishop follows in St Columba’s footsteps
The bishop of the Irish town of Raphoe, Dr Alan McGuckian, spent two weeks this summer walking a different kind of Camino. Rather than take the trail to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the bishop undertook a 190km walk closer to home, following in the footsteps of St Columba. It is a path that several other walkers have taken this year and their hope is for support at governmental level for an ‘Irish Camino’.
An avid walker and jogger, Bishop McGuckian braved the vagaries of the Irish weather to explore the paths once wandered by St Columba who was born in Gartan, County Donegal in AD521. His journey took him across Donegal from Glencolmcille through Ardara and into Dungloe and even the remote island of Tory with its 140 inhabitants. He reflected afterwards that such a walk was an opportunity to lose himself in the beauty and peace of the countryside, allowing precious time for self-reflection too. Bishop McGuckian is pictured holding his shepherd’s crook at the Cross of St Columba in Gartan, Co Donegal (photo reproduced with the kind permission of the Donegal Daily newspaper).
• Sunday 26 July was a great day for the Bennett family with the ordination as a permanent deacon of Michael Bennett, son of KSC council 584 member Joe Bennett, during Mass at St James’ Church, Bootle. On behalf of all Liverpool knights, provincial grand knight Ray Pealing offered congratulations to Michael. “We are sure that his ordination will bring enormous blessings to his dear family, to De La Salle Academy where he teaches, to his parish and indeed our Archdiocese,” he said.