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St Patrick's Purgatory a sanctuary of peace, reflection

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By Greg Summers

If you mention St. Patrick to Father John O’Holahan, his reply won’t center on wearing green, eating traditional Irish dishes or holiday parades.

It will center on not wearing shoes, fasting on black tea and dry bread and three days of prayer and penance as he recalls the pilgrimage he made several years ago to the island lake St. Patrick’s Purgatory in Ireland.

O’Holahan, who pastors St. Catherine Catholic Church in Lancaster, wrote an account of the time he visited the island that many consider the loneliest place in Ireland.


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