Articles by Katherine Long

Pilgrimage to Ireland, Day 7: Batten down the hatches

October 16, 2017 Let’s just start by saying that our driver guide, Pierce, is amazing on an average day. Logistics wizard Caoimhe (also Pierce’s wife) has ensured our pilgrimage has been nothing but smooth sailing. But today — today they took it to another level all together. Hurricane Ophelia made…



Pilgrimage to Ireland, Day 5: The Antrim Coast

October 14, 2017 I don’t have a bucket list as such, but today I got to see a corner of the world I’ve been longing to visit since my first trip to Ireland in 2004: the Giant’s Causeway. Beside the churning ocean, thousands of six-sided basalt pillars jut out of…


Pilgrimage to Ireland, Day 4: Belfast

October 13, 2017 Today we experienced past and future, pain and possibility, dreams and darkness. We began the day at the Mount Stewart House and Gardens, home to the Londonderry family since the mid-18th century. The public portion of the house is full of historic furniture, artifacts, and art, restored to reflect how…


Pilgrimage to Ireland, Day 3: In St. Patrick’s footsteps

October 12, 2017 Greetings from Northern Ireland! We headed north this morning to visit two cathedrals with special connections to St. Patrick. Our first stop was the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. Patrick in Armagh, where we celebrated Mass. The church is stunning, decorated from floor to ceiling with detailed mosaic…



Pilgrimage to Ireland, Day 1: Dublin

October 10, 2017 Greetings from Ireland! Bishop Cunningham, Father Joe O’Connor, 24 pilgrims, and yours truly landed in Dublin, Ireland, today, beginning the Catholic Sun’s second pilgrimage across the Emerald Isle. (You can read about our 2015 pilgrimage here.)   We hit the ground running this morning, heading straight from…