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"I'll be back" Nuncio tells Chríost Rí students

Papal Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown with Primary School principals Mr. Finbarr Hurley (Greenmount NS), Mrs. Mary Lucey (Our Lady of Lourdes NS), Mrs. Sheila O'Leary (Scoil Niocláis NS), Mr. Jack Durkan (Togher Boys NS), Mr. Joe McCarthy (St. Patrick's Boys NS)
Accompanied by students, Principal Mr Seán Culhane takes the Nuncio on a tour of the school.
Archbishop Brown, accompanied by principal, Mr Seán Culhane, is given a musical welcome.

Date: 31 Mar 2014

Brother Patrick, Chaplain at Coláiste Chríost Rí reports on a momentous day for the school and for one group of students in particular...

"When the present Transition Year students at Coláiste Chríost Rí decided to travel to Ghana on an  Immersion Trip they could hardly have believed the events that would ensue.  Last October thirty two of them attended the Knock Youth Day where His Excellency, the Papal Nuncio, Dr. Charles Brown, was the chief celebrant of the Mass, the highlight of their day.  He preached a wonderful sermon and encouraged them to be “ambassadors for Christ”.  On that day there were some 3,000 teenagers in the basilica and those in attendance could see that the Nuncio's message meant a lot to them. During the entire Mass the congregation of teenagers took part fully and were very respectful. This was in no small way due to the charisma of the Nuncio.

“Ambassadors for Christ” really meant so much to the Críost Rí students as they were planning to go to Ghana. That homily added a new meaning to their trip.  When they returned from Knock they were even more enthused about their immersion project and felt they should write to the Nuncio to thank him for celebrating the Mass in Knock and for his wonderful sermon.  Four of them, Cullen, Seán, Mark and Michael, wrote to him to thank him and also asked him to come and see them before their trip to Ghana. To their surprise Archbishop Brown responded by arranging to visit the school at Turner's Cross.

Over 700 students and guests were present on this historic occasion in the school’s sports complex on Thursday 27th March 2014. His parting words to ‘Ghana’ students were “I’ll be back”.

The students are hoping to journey to Ghana during the October 2014 mid-term break."