Titus Brandsma Kinsale Celebration
Celebrating the Canonisation of Titus Brandsma in Kinsale
On Sunday 15th May Pope Francis canonised St Titus Brandsma, a Dutch Carmelite and Martyr. A Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated in the Carmelite Friary, Kinsale, that same afternoon. St Titus lived in the Friary for a period of time in 1935. Bishop Fintan Gavin was the principal celebrant and he was joined by Archbishop Coveney, local clergy and members of the resident Carmelite Community. The joy filled and wonderful occasion, celebrated the life of the new saint, his witness to God’s love; his commitment to the Gospel; and his championing of human rights and freedoms in opposition to National Socialism. St Titus continues to be held in esteem and with devotion by many in Kinsale. His portrait, newly restored was on prominent display throughout, on the Sanctuary. The large congregation joined in the singing led by the Friary Choir, under the direction of Ms Honor O’Brien and accompanied by Dr Fiachra Ó Corragáin. Bishop Fintan was welcomed on behalf of the community by Fr James Eivers, O.Carm (Prior). Following the Mass, a public reception was held in the Friary.