House of Prayer – Achill
Many calls and letters have come to the Diocesan Office regarding the work termed the “House of Prayer” in Achill, Co. Mayo. The Archbishop originally issued two public statements in this regard, in December 1997 and July 1998 respectively. These are included on the link below. While wishing to entirely respect the reputations of all involved, the Archdiocese cannot but recall that sincere and well-ordered attempts on the part of the diocesan authorities to integrate this work into the life of the local church here met with a disappointing lack of success. Accordingly, while welcoming any and all sincere attempts to promote orthodox Catholic faith and piety, the Archdiocese cannot lend its approval to this work as matters stand and is obliged to note that the same work is entirely of a private nature and carries no ecclesiastical approval whatever. The Archbishop would call on all persons of good will involved in the situation to reflect on what is best for the Church at large and to exercise the greatest responsibility and charity in the matter.