Fr. Peter McVerry in Boherbue

As part of the Lenten Events in the diocese, Fr. Peter McVerry will be talking in Boherbue Comprehensive School at 8pm on Monday March 20th. Fr. Peter is well known for his work for vulnerable young people in Dublin for the last 40 years. During this time he has campaigned tirelessly for their rights.

As a social activist Peter is a strong advocate for those who have no voice in society.  He has written widely on issues relating to young homeless people such as accommodation, drugs, juvenile justice, the Gardaí, prisons and education. He has a regular article in the monthly Redemptorist magazine, Reality, and speaks on issues of homelessness, justice and faith to groups around the country.  He is a critic of government policy on issues such as homelessness, drugs and criminal justice.

Now based at Peter McVerry Trust’s Open Access Centre in Upper Sherrard Street, Peter’s ongoing work with and campaigning on behalf of troubled young people has made him one of the most prophetic voices in Ireland today.

Speaking at the 50th Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin in June 2013 he said: “In a community that loves one another, there should be no-one poor, (unless all are poor); there should be no-one homeless, no-one lonely, no-one sick or alone without visitors, no-one in prison who has been abandoned and written off, there should be no-one rejected or marginalized.”

Books

The Meaning is in the Shadows is a collection of writings by Fr McVerry, which reflect on his experiences working in Dublin’s inner city. He questions the structures that affect the lives of those on the margins and makes radical suggestions for change.

Jesus:Social Revolutionary? is the new book written by Fr McVerry, challenging Christian churches to re-examine their priorities, saying that social justice should be at the heart of all that the Christian churches preach and do.

The God of Mercy, The God of  Gospels (April 2016)

All books are published by Veritas,