The Leap of Faith Friday 12 May 2017

On the Leap of Faith this week, in the last programme in the current series we hear from David Dunlea of Jehovah’s Witnesses Ireland and their reaction to the decision of the Russian Supreme Court that the Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation should be closed down and no longer allowed to operate legally in Russia. We’ll also hear from Fr. Roy Donovan spokesperson for the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland and Fergal Rooney, Principal Psychologist at St.John of Gods on a noticeable increase in mental health issues among Roman Catholic Priests in Ireland.

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Friday, May 5th.

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On the Leap of Faith this Friday evening – Ireland’s social contract is broken and according to Dr Sean Healy of Social Justice Ireland, the legitimate expectations of citizens are not being met. Saturday, May 13th sees the first ever Beatification ceremony to be held in Ireland, when Jesuit Fr John Sullivan SJ, will graduate from Venerable to Blessed Father John Looby SJ tells us more about the road to sainthood for this Irish-born priest. We hear from the Presbyterian Women’s PW annual meeting in Belfast and Lindsey Rountree tees up the 2017 Gospel Rising Music Festival.

Friday, April 28th.

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On the Leap of Faith tonight Dr Anthony Campolo, once the spiritual advisor to President Bill Clinton is the subject of a new film by Irish based filmmaker Greg Fromholz. The film Divine Dissatisfaction premieres on May 8th.

We talk with Dr. Campolo about his work with the Red Letter Christian movement and his approach to being a “disruptor” to the thinking of “comfortable” Christians.
Last Tuesday, for the first time since Catholic Emancipation in 1829 there was no Morning Roman Catholic Masses celebrated in the Dioceses of Limerick due to a shortage of available priests. The Diocese did offer three evening masses for those parishioners who wished to receive communion. We talk with the Reverend Anne Marie O’Farrell who has a personal insight to share into a role for women as celebrants.



Friday, April 21st.

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On the Leap of Faith this week; is there a Christian influence on the music of U2? We talk with Presbyterian Minister the Reverend Steve Stockman from Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast and author of Walk on, The Spiritual Journey of U2. Thirty years on from The Joshua Tree Tour, Steve shares research into the band’s music and answers the question; is there a biblical theme fueling their life and work?

Shortlisted for the Jerusalem Awards

The Leap of Faith has been shortlisted for the 2017 Jerusalem Awards in October this year.  Listen to our entry here


Did Jesus Have to Die? – RTÉ Radio One

Winner – Good Friday Meditation – BBC Radio 4  


The Jerusalem Awards promotes Christian involvement in broadcasting. Some of our past winners are very well known to UK listeners while others are just starting out and speak to a small niche audience. Wherever they come from, whatever the style, our expert judges give every entry the same amount of care and attention.

The Awards started life in the mid-1990s as the Independent Local Radio awards, encouraging local radio stations to include religious programming on Good Friday.  Twenty years later we have 11 categories across radio and digital platforms and attract over 150 entries each year.