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No place I would rather be

tonyor_01“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – there is perhaps no better way to describe the pastoral challenge facing people and community in Moyross where Tony O’Riordan SJ was last month appointed parish priest. “There is no place, he says, where I would rather be. I feel privileged to be with people who believe in the struggle for justice when the odds are so stacked against them. One example: Munster and Ireland rugby hero Keith Earls was told by a teacher in his secondary school to ‘Give up rugby. You’re from Moyross and won’t amount to much.’ Keith now proudly has Moyross written in his football boots whenever he plays. You put down people of Moyross at your peril. I suspect people of Nazareth often felt the same.”