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'...there, in a vision of the night, I saw a man whose name was Victoricus coming as if from Hibernia with innumerable letters, and he gave me one of them, and I read the beginning of the letter: "The Voice of the Hibernians", and as I was reading the beginning of the letter I seemed at that moment to hear the voice of those who were beside the forest of Foclut which is near the western sea, and they were crying as if with one voice: "We beg you, holy youth, that you shall come and shall walk again among us." And I was stung intensely in my heart so that I could read no more, and thus I awoke.'

St Patrick's Confession

The vision: a place of shared pilgrimage

cathedral from round tower

The vision of the recently formed Friends of Killala Cathedral association is to see the cathedral together with the town become a place of historical and spiritual pilgrimage that embraces and celebrates the shared history of both Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic traditions.

The Friends of Killala Cathedral aim to re-establish a pivotal role for Killala Cathedral in both the spiritual and the temporal by supporting the Cathedral in the implementation of its vision:

This will be achieved through formal funding and advisory links established with the Church of Ireland, other similarly interested Christian denominations, and also sympathetic and appropriate secular organisations as the development of the Cathedral as a place of pilgrimage will be pursued in cooperation with efforts to develop spiritual tourism in north Mayo.

In particular, we will work for the establishment of a North Mayo Patrician pilgrimage trail that will link with its equivalent in South Mayo and be associated with Patrician spiritual tourism in Northern Ireland. In conjunction with this aim, we see heritage status for the town of Killala as vital and we will work together with those bodies who have the preservation, beautification and promotion of the town as their goal.

Go to Friends of Killala Cathedral Mission Statement and Aims and Objectives