Welcome to the website of the historic John's Lane Church

St John's Lane, Dublin

A warm Augustinian welcome to John's Lane in the heart of the Liberties.

Reg. Charity No:  CHY 7182 

+353 (01) 6770393

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Saturday 27th April, 2019 @ 11.00am-16.00pm

St John's Lane, Dublin 8

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Tel: 0868845747


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Weekly Reflection

Saint Patrick's Day 17th March


On Sunday we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Most people think of this day as a time for wearing green and that’s about it (unless you’re Irish!). St. Patrick gets relatively little attention on his day due to frivolities and excess, so perhaps it is right to offer a few thoughts in his honour.

Patrick’s story reads like an Indiana Jones-type adventure. Raised in Britain (yes, not Ireland), Patrick was captured by pirates in A.D. 405 when he was only sixteen years old. The kidnappers whisked him away to Ireland and sold Patrick into slavery. He spent eight years as a captive in this pagan land.

During his captivity, Patrick embraced the Christian faith of his upbringing, something that had mattered little to him beforehand. In his own words, Patrick explained: “And there the Lord opened the sense of my unbelief that I might at last remember my sins and be converted with all my heart to the Lord my God, who had regard for my abjection, and mercy on my youth and ignorance, and watched over me before I knew Him, and before I was able to distinguish between good and evil, and guarded me, and comforted me as would a father his son” (from The Confession of St. Patrick).

Inspired by a dream, Patrick finally escaped from Ireland and made his way back to his home in Britain. But, in time, he sensed God’s call to return to Ireland, of all places, in order to share the good news of Christ with the pagans there. Even though he feared he wasn’t sufficiently learned to be a missionary, Patrick returned to Ireland, where he found unprecedented success in his evangelistic endeavours. His experience of Irish language and culture during his years as a slave enabled Patrick to communicate the Christian gospel with unusual effectiveness.

Though we can’t be sure when Patrick died, tradition holds that he lived into his seventies and died on March 17 in the latter half of the fifth-century A.D. In twenty-five or thirty years of evangelistic work, he led thousands of Irish pagans to Christ and was responsible for Ireland’s becoming one of the most Christian nations in Europe. For this reason he is called “the apostle of the Irish.” He is reportedly buried in Downpatrick, County Down along with the Saint Brigid and Saint Colmcille.

The story of Patrick reminds us, in a way, of Joseph’s experience in Egypt. In both cases, what kidnappers and slave masters intended for evil, God intended for good (Gen. 50:20). So today of all days,  we should celebrate, not only Patrick’s example of faithfulness, but also the mystery and majesty of God’s redemptive sovereignty. It’s not unusual for people who have experienced some particular trauma in life to end up ministering to others who suffer that same trauma. Thus, St. Patrick serves as an example of how God can work all things together for good, even things which are quite evil.

So happy Saint Patrick's Day to all our dear friends and may the luck of the Irish go with you.

What's Happening in and around Johns Lane

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Masses & Confessions

ALL documentation relating to Births and Marriages are ONLY available at St. Catherine's Parish Church in Meath Street (also served by Augustinians from this community)

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About Us

Members of our Augustinian Community

Fr Padraig Daly, OSA (Prior)

Fr Niall Coghlan, OSA, P.P. (Meath Street)

Bishop Senan O'Donnell, OSA

Bro. Nicholas Kearney, OSA

Bro. Bernard Twomey, OSA

Fr Richie Goode, OSA (C.C)

Fr Michael Mernagh, OSA

Fr Pat Gayer, OSA

Fr Joseph Davou, OSA

Fr James Downey, OSA

Fr Kieran O'Mahony, OSA

Bro. Stephen Shields, OSA

Ministeries we are involved in...

  • Parish Work
  • Retreat Work
  • Hospital Chaplaincy
  • 2nd & 3rd Level Education
  • Homelessness Provision
  • Soup Kitchen
  • Prison Ministry
  • Sports Clubs
  • Missions Abroad
  • Research and Publications
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Prayer Groups

A Poem in Stone

Check out this great video of Johns Lane from Eugene Finn

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