This service to the Order began when Fr. Louis Brennan OFM, shortly after becoming General Definitor for the English Speaking Conference in 1979, asked that the Irish province might consider providing an English language course for friars who needed to acquire a knowledge of English for their studies or their pastoral work. The first group of five friars, three from Latin America and two from Europe, arrived in Ireland in 1981 for a month. This generous offer has continued since then, free of charge.
Currently, the Irish province hosts around 15 friars each July for one month, arranging for them to attend a language course for which the Province covers the cost. After the program is over the friar may, by arrangement, be assigned to a friary with the intention of improving his English for a further month. Since 1981 the Irish friars have hosted probably more than 500 friars for the purposes of learning English, always at no financial cost to the individual friar. The Irish Province is happy to continue this tradition for as long as possible and is pleased to welcome to Ireland friars who might otherwise not be able to afford to do a language course in an English speaking country.
For those who are interested, please contact [email protected] for further details and an application form. Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, 29th April 2016.