Cardinal Daly to preside at ND's St. Patrick's Day Mass

by Michael O. Garvey

A Mass for the feast of Saint Patrick will be celebrated in the University of Notre Dame’s Basilica of the Sacred Heart Monday (March 17) at 5:15 p.m. Cardinal Cahal Daly, archbishop emeritus of Armagh, Ireland, will preside.p. Cardinal Daly, a native of Antrim, was ordained a priest in 1941, named bishop of Armagh in 1967, and became archbishop of Armagh and primate of all Ireland in 1990. Internationally respected for his advocacy of a united and peaceful Ireland, he resigned his position and became archbishop emeritus in 1996. He is a member of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Congregation for the Clergy as well as of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. He received an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1993.p. In observance of a Notre Dame custom now 15 years old, the Mass will include Irish sacred music sung by the Notre Dame Folk Choir under the direction of its founder, Steven C. Warner. The choir will be accompanied by traditional Irish musical instruments such as the Celtic harp, tin whistle and bodhran.p. The Folk Choir, which regularly tours Ireland, first performed at the Saint Patrick’s Day Mass in 1989, singing liturgical music by ancient and modern Irish composers. The repertoire of that celebration has since been a model for Saint Patrick’s Day liturgies throughout the nation, including that of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

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