Michael Comyn talks to six married men who were ordained as Permanent Deacons in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cloyne on 24 September. They talk about their new roles, the challenges they face in living their faith publicly and their expectations for the future of the Catholic Church in their Diocese.
On the Leap of Faith this week, as the programme returns to Friday evenings we ask does religion cause war and conflict and divide us rather than acting as a unifying force. Joining Michael Comyn this week areBarbara Walsh Chair of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Colm O’Gorman Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland and Dr Jude Lal Fernando Assistant Professor in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin.
In a programme for people of all faiths and none, Michael talks with those whose life experiences cause them to call on their beliefs, as he seeks to discover what religion does for people – and occasionally to them.
With regular updates from across the world’s faiths and from those that hold them, this will be a thought-provoking 30 minutes of radio. Each week the programme will hear from people about how they access their ‘spiritual intelligence’ at different times in their lives.
Michael Comyn has worked in radio on and off for over 40 years, reading the news at lunchtime on his local radio station in Louth while still at secondary school. A short hiatus followed while he got a “proper” job working in communications training before he found himself back on RTÉ Radio in 1999 as the first voice on RTÉ Lyric FM. He kept in touch with radio by occasionally filling in on Playback, Risin’ Time and Late Date, followed by a brief period presenting a talk show on commercial radio in Dublin.
The programme is produced by Sheila O’Callaghan.
Weekend Drive for Evelyn Grant
Some of the world’s best music played by the finest musicians, familiar favourites and new releases. Plus news and traffic updates this weekend presented by Michael Comyn.
Aedín Gormley’s Sunday Matinee
Music for your Sunday afternoon featuring live performances from across the globe and outstanding works from our featured artists. This weekend presented by Michael Comyn.
Join Michael Comyn as he takes the chill out of your early mornings with music, news, weather and travel updates while Marty Whelan is away.
Filling in on Evelyn Grant’s Weekend Drive
Filling in for August 14th and 15th
Filling In for August 7th to 11th
Filling in for July 3rd to 14th
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.
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.
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.
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?
Tonight, Michael Comyn and guests, Prof Zuleika Rodgers, Rev. Prof Seamus O’Connell and Dr Anne Thurston question whether and why Jesus had to die. What if Pilate had released him?
The Leap of Faith has been shortlisted for the 2017 Jerusalem Awards in October this year. Listen to our entry here
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.