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Monday 18 December 2017

ROLL UP, ROLL UP FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY Bishop in Savannah ...accompanied by 65 pikes

BISHOP Denis Brennan will preach his St. Patrick's Day sermon today in Savannah, Georgia.

The Bishop travelled to the US last weekend following an invitation by US based Bishop Kevin Boland.

Bishop Brennan will preach the sermon at the St. Patrick's Day Mass in the recently renovated Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Joining him on the trip to the US are 65 Wexford pike men and women, who will participate in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah, which is considered the second largest parade in the US outside of New York.

The relationship between the Diocese of Ferns and Savannah dates back to the 19th Century when many priests from St. Peter's College went to serve in the southern states of the US. Many Wexford names including Stafford, Rossiter, Sinnott, Furlong, Power, Kehoe and Curtis are popular in Savannah. In making the trip, Bishop Brennan said he hoped that 'the memory of strong-bonds which continue in the many Wexford names, that survive strongly and honourably in Savannah, might be further strengthened through this trip'. He added that this was, a trip where 'the peoples of today in both places' might celebrate their common root and calling, and the great blessings, challenges and gifts, which they both enjoy.'

'This invitation is essentially a family invitation', concluded Bishop

Brennan, 'a call to come and visit the cousins and to share memories, hopes and news about the family.'

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