Major conference on spirituality and addiction

Fr. Peter McVerryPeter McVerry SJ, Denis Bradley (former 'go-between' between the British Government and the IRA) and US theologian Fr Jim Harbaugh SJ will speak at an international conference on the role of spirituality and faith in addiction recovery on Saturday and Sunday 29. 29 Sept. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will give the homily at a closing mass.

Guest speaker from the Unites States is Jim Harbaugh SJ who is both an AA an Al-anon member. He has written on the role of  Ignatian and 12 step spirituality in addiction treatment and is author of a well known book on a twelve step approach to the Sunday gospel readings.


Dublin to Host Major International Conference on Addiction and Spirituality

Peter McVerry SJ, Denis Bradley (former 'go-between' between the British Government and the IRA) and US author Jim Harbaugh SJ are among the speakers at an international conference on the role of spirituality and faith in addiction recovery. The conference takes place in All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September 2013. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will attend and speak on the Sunday.

newsThe conference takes place against the background of newly released figures from the CSO showing that in 2012 Irish people spent €6.3 billion on alcohol, a 1.2 per cent increase on 2011. The aim of the conference is to explore the role faith and spirituality can play in tackling addiction, addressing those who suffer from addiction and those affected by the addiction of a friend or family member.

Guest speaker Jim Harbaugh SJ is a recovering alcoholic, AA an Al-Anon member. He has written and lectured on the role of 12 Step spirituality in the treatment of addiction. Peter McVerry will explain why he’s decided to abstain from alcohol as a stand against the havoc unleashed in Irish society by drug and alcohol abuse.

Faith of Our Father Exhibition

Faith of Our Fathers ExhibitionThe Pioneer Association will feature a stand at the Faith of Our Fathers Conference and Exhibition in the Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny on Friday 13th to Sunday 15th September 2013.

It is an occasion to celebrate the Year of Faith. For those of you who are planning to come, we would be delighted to see you so make sure to pop by and say hello. Our stand number is 8. It promises to be a great weekend of excellent talks, workshops, lots of exhibitors so there is something for everyone.

Hope to see you there!

Celebration in Chicago

chicagoAt Mass in DesPlaines, Illinois on Friday, May 17th, 2013 Jim Staunton was presented with the Fr James Cullen Medal in recognition for his services to the Pioneer Association over 60 years. Jim, born over 90 years ago in the village of Knock, where Our Lady appeared on August 21st, 1879, has convened a monthly meeting of the Pioneers since 1953.

Pioneer Golf Classic 2013

Pioneer Association - Golf Classic

This year's annual fundraising event will be held in Clontarf Golf Club


If you are interested in entering a team or sponsoring a hole

Contact Raymond O'Connor, Telephone: (01) 874 9464 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details


alcohol5Pioneers call on people to drink less during Lent

Gradam Application Form 2013

The application form for entry into this year's 2013 Gradam Awards is available for download.

Gradam Application Form 2013


Change in the Age for Full Pioneer Membership

constitutionAt the Central Council Meeting of the Pioneer Association in September 2012 we discussed the following motion, which had first been raised at an earlier meeting in March 2012 – that the age to become a full Pioneer be changed from the age of sixteen to the age of eighteen, and that Article 15.1 of the Constitution of the PTAA be amended accordingly.