'08 a Year of Vocation in Ireland

Cardinal Says Projects to Focus on All States of Life

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ROME, JAN. 10, 2008 (Zenit.org).- When Irish Cardinal Sean Brady celebrated Mass at the titular church he was assigned in November, he told his audience that 2008 will be the "year of vocation" in Ireland.

Cardinal Brady, given the red hat in November, took possession of the titular Church of Sts. Cyricus and Julitta on Wednesday.

"I am delighted to have been assigned the Church of Sts. Cyricus and Julitta by the Holy Father," he said. "At one time the Irish College was also based in the same parish as this church. An interesting feature is that the church contains the tombs of some Irish College students, including Andrew Plunkett, a student of the diocese of Meath and cousin of St. Oliver Plunkett.

"The proximity of this church to the Irish College brings to mind the beautiful gift of vocation. Happily, in 2008, the Church in Ireland will focus, in a special way, on the vocation of all Christians. […] Various projects and initiatives will be organized to highlight the special dignity of each of the specific vocations: married and family life; ordained priesthood; religious life; and, the single life."

Cardinal Brady said the church reminds him of "the enjoyable time that I spent as a teacher of Latin and the history of Roman art and architecture in St Patrick's College, Cavan." He concluded asking for prayers as he begins his new responsibilities as a cardinal.