2014 was the Jubilee Year of the Holy Name of Jesus in Ireland. It was organised by the Franciscans and the Poor Clare Federation but it had an outreach that was much wider. The aim of the Year was to foster a renewed reverence and devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, and in so doing to deepen personal love for the Lord Jesus and faithfulness to His Gospel among all people. A special indulgence was granted by the Holy Father who, in addition, accorded the Year the status of a Jubilee
The Year commemorated the centenary of the renewal in Ireland of devotion to the Holy Name initiated by Franciscan father Francis Donnelly, OFM during a retreat he gave to the Galway Poor Clares in 1914. A Theme Hymn was composed for the Year which is rich in scriptural references to the Holy Name and many events took place during the Year to draw attention to the Name of Jesus and its significance for our spiritual and religious lives. Holy Name plaques were made available through this website, a book called ‘The Simplest Prayer’ was produced by the Franciscans based on the spirituality of the Holy Name of Jesus and many other resources were made available through this website.
Devotion to the Name of Jesus has been a strong element in Franciscan prayer and ministry stretching back to the time of St Francis, but was particularly fostered by St Bernardine of Siena in 15th century.
It is hoped that through personal prayer and reflection, preaching and catechesis, the fruits of the 2014 Jubilee Year will continue into the future and that there will be a new appreciation of the hope that the Holy Name of Jesus represents for our times.
Ordering Holy Name Plaques
Holy Name Plaques are now available to commemorate the 1914 initiative.
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Prayer for the Year of the Holy Name of Jesus
JESUS, yours is the name above all names; We offer you our heartfelt praise and gratitude. Deepen in us an abiding reverence For your Holy Name. Jesus, Saviour, heal the...read more
The Simplest Prayer
In conjunction with the Year of the Holy Name of Jesus, the Irish Franciscans have produced a book on prayer: The Simplest Prayer: A Book of Love and Faith.
In today’s world, we can often feel at sea, unsure of where to turn in times of trouble. We might want to pray, but don’t know where to start or what to say. Here, in The Simplest Prayer, the Irish Franciscans show us how we can find a sense of peace and solace through prayer in today’s busy and challenging world.