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May/June 2017

This issue's feature article:

Seeing in a new light
Michael A. Hayes

A few weeks ago across the country and across the world, people gathered for the great Easter Vigil. The beginning of that celebration was the lucernarium or service of light when the faithful gathered around a new fire that was blessed and then, from the new fire, the great Paschal candle was lit – the candle that is the sign of the Resurrection and stands in churches everywhere, close to the ambo, as a sign of the Risen Lord.

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Michael A. Hayes 1957 - 2017

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Rev. Professor Michael Hayes editor of The Pastoral Review.

Many friends and readers of The Pastoral Review and The Tablet will have been shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Michael Hayes early on Easter Saturday. Priest and Professor, Editor and Executive, Michael was a man of many roles and talents who wore his skills with an enviable combination of elegance, charm and determined dexterity.  

Michael was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1957 to Sean and Margaret Hayes, a twin to Elizabeth and one of seven siblings. His post-primary education took place at St Munchin’s College in Limerick and he proceeded to study for the priesthood at St Patrick’s Pontifical College in Maynooth.   Read More