The Most Rev Dr John McDowell, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland paid a visit to the Church’s Ministry of Healing – The Mount (CMH) on Monday October 25.
The Archbishop visited at the invitation of the CMH Board which was keen to share with him the progress it is making with regard to the future and to gain from him the blessing of his office as the Board proceed.
David from CMH said: “The event was fruitful in both respects. Archbishop John spent an hour and a half with us. He gave us his most hearty encouragement as we go forward both in our future and the part that we might play in the life of our country which is so much in need of healing in this pandemic and beyond.
“The Archbishop was especially exercised upon how greatly our young people have suffered over the recent past. He expressed his concern for their future in face of so many lost opportunities in their young life experiences that cannot be restored.”
Archbishop John gave permission to make his visit central to CMH prayers in the week ahead and the Board promised to include him personally within those.
“We thank God for this encouragement as it stimulates us to greater urgency in the affairs of his kingdom and the ministry of Christ’s mercies for healing in our land and amongst its people,” David said.
“We pray for our processes as we look to organise to play our part in those ministries of grace; and we pray for His Grace, Archbishop John as he strives to fulfil his office. Poignantly he reminded us that he was elected to the Primacy on 11 March 2020 to encounter within a week or so those ravages of lockdown which have affected our people so gravely and constricted his own opportunities for personal engagement which his duties would normally require.
“We follow closely today the Apostle Paul’s instruction at 1 Timothy 2:1-4: “First of all then I urge, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”