At least a couple of diocesan newspapers used last week's St. Patrick's Day to profile the faith of Irish Catholics living in the United States.
The Catholic Herald, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee ran in its March 16 edition this feature article about Derry Hegarty, a legendary Irish-born bar owner in the Wisconsin city.
Like the pleasing lilt of his Irish brogue, Hegarty’s Catholic faith is an integral part of who he is.
“I have great faith,” said Hegarty. “My mother was a very saintly person. She always made sure we went to Mass. I feel very happy, very faithful to my rosary beads.”
Hegarty was born and raised in the Irish countryside, east of the village of Drinagh, located in County Cork. On Sundays his parents, Cornelius and Susan, would drive their family of two boys and four girls four miles to attend Mass in Drinagh.
“When we were young kids, we traveled by horse and buggy” to church, he said.
The March 17 edition of The Criterion ran this article by John Shaughnessy about the importance of the faith in the lives of Irish Catholics in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
As they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Catholics will do more than savor corned beef and cabbage or raise a glass in song and cheer.
They will also draw sustenance from the stories and memories that capture the three essential elements of their lives: their faith, their family and their Irish heritage.
Here are three stories of the way that trinity of influences has touched the lives of certain Irish Catholics in the archdiocese...