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Today’s Readings – Saint Oliver Plunkett

St Oliver Plunkett, Bishop and Martyr (Memorial)

Oliver Plunkett was born in Loughcrew, Co. Meath, Ireland in 1629 of well-to-do Anglo-Normal parentage. He was related by blood to a number of landowning families, such as the Earl of Fingall, Earl of Louth and Lord Dunsany. Until the age of 16, he was educated by his cousin, Patrick Plunkett, Abbot of St Mary’s in Dublin. Patrick was a brother of the first Earl of Fingall and later became bishop in turn of Ardagh and Meath.

In 1645 he set out for Rome under the care of Fr Scarampo of the Roman Oratory and stayed at the Irish College where he had a brilliant academic career. The Rector later said that Plunkett “devoted himself with such ardour to philosophy, theology, and mathematics, that in the Roman College of the Society of Jes … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Thursday of Week 13 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Amos 7:10-17

Today we see Amos expelled from the sanctuary of Bethel, which, as mentioned, was in Israel, the Northern Kingdom.

The reading begins with Amaziah, the priest at Bethel, telling Jeroboam, king of Israel, about the things Amos has been sayin … Continue


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