Brother Shawn, Father Sylvester and Brother Martin are from America. Father Paulus is from Germany and Brother Seraphim comes from France. These are the Franciscans who moved into Moyross, one of Limerick’s most troubled areas, where crime is rife and violence, including murder, is common, as are drug dealing, teenage pregnancy, poverty and deprivation.
Here are two of the Franciscans holding a prayer vigil and protest in Limerick city centre this morning.
What would you say they’re protesting about?
Are they picketing the home of a vicious heroin dealer?
Well then, perhaps they’re outraged at the social inequity they’ve found in Ireland and they’re praying outside some Government office for a more inclusive society?
No. Not that either.
Ah! In that case, they must be demanding jobs and decent homes for their new neighbours?
These good friars live in an area where some people can’t look after their children and where other people won’t look after their children, and where many can’t afford to feed, clothe or educate their families.
It’s obvious then, isn’t it? What else would they protest about? What’s the most important thing to the people in such an area? Yep! Father Zig and Brother Zag came all the way from America to picket a family planning clinic.
Now that’s really going to help the impoverished people of Moyross, isn’t it? Nice going Bros!