Prayer Group had its beginnings in the mid 70's when Sr. Angela and
Sr. Goretti invited Fr. Michael Ryan and team to come from Ferbane,
where there was a thriving Prayer Group, to help start a prayer group
in Mohill. The Prayer Group is one of 15 in the diocese and belongs
to a worldwide movement of the Holy Spirit known as the Charismatic
Renewal. This movement began in the Catholic Church in 1967 and was
seen as a direct answer to Pope John XXIII's prayer for the Holy Spirit
to come upon the church as at a 'New Pentecost'. Prayer groups spread
like wildfire all over the world and eventually reached Mohill. Paul
VI said this movement of the Holy Spirit was "a chance for the
church" and Cardinal Sunens called it "a river of grace on
the face of the church".
Many people from different areas
have been members of Mohill Prayer Group over the years. Among the early
leaders were Sr.'s Angela, Goretti and Margaret McCaffrey, then from
Gorvagh and Petra Gaffey. Musicians included Ian Lee, John Drummond
and Michael Dunleavy (now Fr Michael) one of two vocations to religious
life, from the prayer groups, the other being Sr. Gerardine Rowley from
Fenagh, a Good Shepherd sister, now based in Dublin. Our present musicians
are AI McGuinness, Finola McGowan (Mohill) and Chris Cronin (Annaduff)
and their ministry adds life and joy to the meetings.
The Prayer Group runs 'Life In
The Spirit Seminars' each year. This is a seven-week course, open to
all, which brings people to a place of receiving the great grace of
'Baptism in the Holy Spirit'. This is a life-changing experience, which
releases the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives and empowers
them for service in the church. This grace also fills people with a
deep desire to pray, read scripture and a great love for the Mass.
It brings great healing, inner freedom and new life. It is the 'something
more' that people are seeking in their lives. The Prayer Group runs
Masses for healing, renewal days, ecumenical days of prayer and has
an intercessory group which meets on Sundays to pray for the needs of
the parish, for individuals and for peace in the world. Many great speakers
have visited us over the years - Fr Jack McArdle, Joe Dalton, Frances
Hogan, Rev. Cecil Kerr, Fr. Benny McHale and more recently Rev. Lawrence
Graham from Longford. One of our regular attendees at the Prayer Meeting,
while he lived in Clonturk, was Fr. Tagdh Kenny.
We meet each Wednesday at 8.15pm
in the Canon Donohue Hall. There is a great unity and family atmosphere
among the group members. The meeting opens with the rosary, followed
by prayer and praise of God in word and song. This is followed by a
deep and healing silence of the Holy Spirit and then there is sharing
and teaching of the Word of God in Scripture, followed by intercessory
prayer, a closing hymn and the essential "cup of tea, chat &
craic". Many people's lives have been changed and healed by the Power
of the Holy Spirit as young and 'not so young' gather on Wednesday nights.
Members come from Mohill and many different towns and counties nearby
and everyone is so very welcome.
If you come, you can be sure of
a great welcome, a listening ear, the prayers and friendship of the
group, the offer of New Life in the Holy Spirit and most importantly
the powerful healing presence of God because "Where two or more are gathered in his name, He is there".
"Come and See" (John 1:39)