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Route 66 – Bishop’s whistle stop sermon tour

Bishop Michael Burrows with Phyllis Grothier, All–Ireland President of the Mothers’ Union, and the Reverend Margaret Sykes, Diocesan President of MU. Photo taken at Carlow Museum.
Bishop Michael Burrows with Phyllis Grothier, All–Ireland President of the Mothers’ Union, and the Reverend Margaret Sykes, Diocesan President of MU. Photo taken at Carlow Museum.

The Bishop of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory, Michael Burrows, will be embarking on a rapid road tour beginning on Wednesday, 13 September.

Visiting 66+ church and schools during his ‘whistle stop’ tour, he will present a short sermon outside each chosen venue. Each 5–minute reflection will be based on a text from one of the 66 books of the Bible and will focus on the empowerment of women through literacy.

All money raised will go to Mothers’ Union and Feed The Minds women’s literacy projects in Ethiopia and the Congo via the Bishops’ Appeal Fund.

Bishop Burrows undertakes what he calls ‘peregrinations’ every two years and previous events have included his one–day rapid rail trip ‘Stations at the Stations’, a cross–county vintage vehicle event and a church organ playing marathon across the Diocese that encompasses seven counties – Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Tipperary, Waterford, Wexford and Wicklow.

“This is a journey, through all the books of the Bible, with an emphasis on what is often hidden – the presence and the role of women,” the Bishop says. “The tour is about getting out and about in the Diocese, reminding ourselves of how well off we are really, highlighting the value of education and the particular importance of educating women – as many have said ‘when you educate a woman you educate a family’.

“Particularly in the developing world, it is women who share the benefits of their education with their families, who work effectively for equality and opportunity and who together hasten the breaking in of the Kingdom of God.

“In this journey not only do we consider the gifts and potential of women as humans sharing the image of God, we also explore feminine imagery surrounding the divine.”

Route 66 will take place between 13 and 19 September. Approximately 10 venues will be visited on each of seven days during that time.