Monday, March 31, 2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS!

Hello everyone

I hope you are well and at peace.

In February I had a trip planned to Texas to speak at
a mens conference, but about 1 month before I was
due to go there I found out there was a mix up with
the dates and the event I thought was taking place
wasn't until the following year. The only problem
was I had already booked my flights. At first I was
simply not going to bother with the trip but as I
prayed about it I really felt that God was asking me
to go anyway, even though there were no speaking
engagements planned!

So I decided to contact two good friends of mine who
have connections in Texas to ask them if they knew
anyone who would like me to speak while I was over
there (even though it was very short notice) I began
to pray asking God to open any doors he wanted me
to walk through. Amazingly there ended up being a
talk almost every single day I was over there.

I spoke at a life teen event to about 350 teenagers
and it was a very blessed evening. One girl emailed
to say that she had been going through a very painful
time after her parents had split up and she was
beginning to lose her faith. She had been invited to
come to the life teen event but she really didn't want
to go. Yet somehow she ended up going (someone
must have been praying for her) she received a deep
inner healing as she listened to my story and Jesus
showed her that she was precious in his eyes and
he was so close to her in her suffering. There were
many similar emails from young people who were
going through dark times and trying to make sense
of where God was in their lives.

I met some wonderful people on that visit including
a lady called Elizabeth who arranged for me to do
a parish mission and really looked after me while I
was there. At the mission it was uplifting to see many
people going to confession and telling how much
God had touched their lives.

I ended up travelling down to Tampa in Florida to
speak at a men's conference at which 800 were in
attendance. These events are so anointed and I had
some great chats with some of the guys and you could
see that God was moving in a powerful way. I would
love to see more of these events in Europe!

Next I travelled to Wales where I spoke at a youth
2000 retreat, which for me is always a pleasure because
it is through these retreats that I came to experience God
in a deep way in my own life. It was nice to see some
familiar faces and meet up with some old friends,
including Fiona who is doing a fantastic job running
youth 2000.

After this I flew to Ireland and ran two Parish missions
in Dublin and Coalisland and during the missions I
spoke in the local secondary schools.

Following this I went to visit my very good friend Fr
Frankie Mulgrew who has now been ordained to the
priesthood for around a year. He is in a parish in
Lancashire and he arranged for me to speak to about
800 students in the local secondary schools over the
course of two days and to speak at all the weekend
Masses in his parish and finally to do a talk on the
Sunday evening.

The thing that impressed me was that Fr Frankie would
rise at 6am each morning and pray for two hours before
the Blessed Sacrament and had been interceding for
these talks for a long time and had offered Masses for
these intentions. Because of this you could see how
God was touching many hearts and I felt there was a
tremendous openness in all the people I spoke to.

This just reminded me that prayer is the secret and that
through intercession and perseverance God really can
work miracles, first of all in our own hearts and then
in the hearts of all those we meet.

You are very much in my prayers, please pray for me.

God bless you in his deep love
John Pridmore

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

OUR TRUE CALLING

Hi Everyone

I hope you are well and at peace,

Recently I went to run a parish mission in a
place called Attymass in Co, Mayo which
was made famous by Fr Patrick Peyton who
was born and raised in the village. He was an
incredible man who left Ireland very young
and really discovered his vocation to the
priesthood in the United States. After a
miraculous healing from a life threatening
illness (through the intercession of the blessed
virgin Mary) whilst in seminary, he vowed to spend
the rest of his life spreading devotion to Our
Lady.

After this he travelled the world and he especially
called people to family prayer (particularly the
rosary) His favourite saying was 'The family
that prays together stays together'. Sometimes
crowds of over a million would come to hear him
speak. While watching a video of his life it
reminded me how true it is that God doesn't choose
the qualified, he qualifies the chosen. Fr Peyton said
yes to God's plan for his life and he put his heart and
soul into living out that plan in his day to day existence.

Soon after this I felt God was trying to impress upon
me the urgency to reach people with the message of
Jesus and not to waste the time and opportunities he
has given me. In my own heart I recommitted myself
to this calling he has given to me that I would give it
my all.

As always when we say yes to God's plans in our hearts,
he then gives us the practical opportunities of putting
them into action. Lots of invitations to come and speak
began to arrive and I knew that God was working in
the way that only He can. I truly believe that the most
important aspect of this work is that people are praying
for those who are spoken to, because that is when the
miracles really happen. So I would ask for your prayers
for the coming months when I will be speaking in Poland,
Croatia, Texas, London, Cardiff, France, Chicago,
Slovenia, Spain and Manchester, as well as our parish
missions which will take place all over Ireland, Scotland
and England.

At the beginning of the new year I did a tour of schools
in England and spoke to about 2000 young people. Next
I spoke to 100 headmasters and headmistresses from
Catholic schools all over England on the feast of St John
Bosco (The patron saint of youth) who is one of my favourite
saints! The priest who spoke before me said during his
talk that the vocation of the teachers wasn't just to prepare
the students for employment, but to inspire them for
their true calling which is to love and serve God, to give
generously of themselves and to become people who
change this world for the better. Many of the head teachers
shared with me that they were very touched by the retreat
and they felt challenged in their own vocation.

You are very much in my heart and prayers

God bless you in his deep love
John Pridmore

Monday, December 9, 2013

PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD

Hello Everyone

Wishing you a very blessed advent.

Over the last few weeks I have run a number of
Parish missions with the team I am a part of
called St Patrick’s Community. We have been
to Tarbert in Kerry, Kilcommon in Tipperary,
Johnstown in Kilkenny, Kinnitty in Offaly,
Dun Laoghaire in Dublin and our final
mission before Christmas is in Attymass in Mayo.

People often ask me when I travel abroad what
The faith is like in Ireland. The only way I can
answer that is by saying that when we do these
missions the response of the Irish people is
phenomenal, with packed churches almost
everywhere we go. The great thing about a
mission is that it is an opportunity to invite
people who don’t normally come to church, and
I can see that God is working powerfully in
Ireland and bringing his healing and mercy
in a beautiful  way.

About 12 years ago, just after I had first moved
here, I went to visit the Regina Coeli hostel for
the homeless in Dublin, which was set up by
Frank Duff the founder of the Legion of Mary
(who was an amazing man of God). As I was
being shown around the shelter I saw a picture
on the wall of Jesus and he was surrounded by
the poor, the sick and the lame and all manner
of men, women and children who were searching
for comfort and hope. As I looked at this picture
I knew that God was calling me to Ireland and
I began to speak in schools, parishes, and prisons
And that was the birth of St Patrick’s Community.

A few months after this I travelled to England
to run a youth retreat in Glastonbury. An old friend
of mine called Niall happened to be there. As we
were chatting he asked me why I was in Ireland,
when there was enough work to do in England. I
told him that I felt God wanted me there.

After this Niall went into the church and a man came
and sat down next to him and put his hand on his
shoulder and said “It must come from Ireland!” and
Niall said “What must come from Ireland?” and the
man replied “The re- evangelisation of Europe, it must
come from Ireland!” My friend was blown away by this
and a few months later he came to Ireland himself and
has been a part of the community for the last 11 years.

A couple of years later we were conducting a
healing service at a church in Donegal and the
people were crowding round Jesus in the Blessed
Sacrament. You could see the burdens they were
carrying but also the incredible faith they had in
the Lord. As I watched I was reminded of the
picture I seen at the Regina Coeli hostel and I
really felt that God was showing me this is why
he brought me here. From that point onwards
invitations to run missions in parishes began
to flood in.

One of the greatest joys of my life is being able to go into
secondary schools and tell the young people about the
incredible love and mercy of our God and the gift of being
able to share our lives with him, and of the plan he has
if we would only give him permission. Over the past
few weeks I have spoken to thousands of students and
to see their hunger for God and the light in their eyes is
still deeply moving for me. Literally hundreds email me
and ask questions on how they can come closer to God
and put him in the first place in their lives.

I recently spoke at a school mission in Coventry and
had the privilege to meet Barry and Margaret Mizen
whose son Jimmy was murdered in South East London
five years ago.  They are an incredible witness how
someone can forgive. Margaret said not long after her
son died that she hoped the parents of Jimmy’s killer
would be left alone as it wasn’t their fault. She said
she didn’t feel anger because anger breeds anger,
and that is what killed their son and could destroy
their family too.

They now speak in schools and prisons spreading
the message of forgiveness and calling for an end to
the cycle of violence and anger which destroys so
many lives. Margaret said to me that a few days
after the murder of her son she was praying in the
church and felt God say to her the she didn’t need
to worry about her son because He was looking
after him in heaven. This has brought her much
comfort especially when she misses Jimmy the most.
Please keep them in your prayers because I know
they are doing immense good.

May your hearts be open to receiving Jesus in His
humility as he comes to us as a helpless baby. Have
a blessed and peaceful Christmas!

John Pridmore








Wednesday, October 16, 2013

FORGIVENESS LEADS TO FREEDOM!


Hello Everyone

I hope you are well and at peace,

At the end of August I travelled to Winipeg in Canada where I
spoke to 1000 people at a Marian conference. It was a very blessed
weekend. While I was there I had the honour of meeting and
spending time with a man named Roy Schoeman. Roy was an
orthodox Jew and business professor who had an amazing
conversion to the Catholic faith. He had a powerful revelation
how in the spiritual realm money is worthless and it is only the
treasure we store up in heaven that is of any value when it comes
to eternal life. His witness of living for God was truly inspiring.

From there I went to Scotland and ran parish missions in Greenock
and Dunfermline. I was very touched by a man who told me that
during the mission he felt moved by the Holy Spirit to speak to his
neighbour with whom he had fallen out with several years before.
He knocked on her door and said to her that he felt that life was
too short to carry on with their feud, and would she forgive him for
any hurt he had caused? Straightaway she embraced him and said
of course she would forgive.

This reminded me of a time a few years ago when I was challenged
by a priest to forgive those who had hurt me in my life and to pray
for them. There was one particular person who had caused me
immense pain and I will be honest I didn’t feel like either praying
for them or forgiving them. But in obedience to what the priest
had said I started to pray and at first my prayer was “Bless this
person, but make sure they suffer!” but as the months went by,
gradually God softened my heart until eventually I genuinely
wanted this person to be blessed. Little by little and by the grace
of God I realized that I had forgiven. Years later I was astonished
to hear that this person had been become a Catholic, made their
first Holy Communion and Confirmation and was now attending
Mass each day. Maybe it was part of my forgiveness that played
some part in their conversion.

After this I led missions in Brighouse, Yorkshire and then Folkestone
in Kent. At Folkestone I had the joy of meeting up with two good 
friends of mine, Kathy and Carole who were helping and serving
during the week.

My next stop was Toronto, Canada where I spoke at 5 different events,
including to 2500 secondary school students, also at an event called
Theology on Tap which took place in a pub, and at a business
breakfast hosted by Cardinal Thomas Collins. The Cardinal said when
speaking to the businessmen “It is in the little events of everyday life
that we glorify God, by being honest and having integrity in our
dealings and by showing kindness and patience to those we meet”
 This was especially appropriate as it was the feast day of St Therese
of Lisieux who wrote of her little way in much the same terms. I
knew it was God reminding me that the little things are important
to him and not to miss the opportunities that he sends moment by
moment.

The final mission I did was in London at a Church called St Cedds.
It was nice to be back in my hometown and work with the Parish
Priest Fr Adam who I have known for many years.

The things that I really felt God impressing on my heart over the
last few weeks are that the more we can forgive the more freedom
we receive in our own hearts. That we should never get too busy,
but to embrace the present moment because that is where we find
God, and finally to make sure that our hearts are fixed on the things
that truly matter because, as Roy discovered, at the end of our lives
it is what we have done for God that will be our true treasure.

You are very much in my heart and prayers

God bless you in his deep love
John Pridmore

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

PRAY, HOPE AND DON'T WORRY!


Hello everyone

I hope you are well and at peace.

Towards the end of August I took part in a five night tour of 
Ireland in which we prayed for the protection of the unborn
child in this country. We went to Letterkenny Cathedral,
Armagh (where Cardinal Brady came to pray with us), Dublin,
Limerick and finished at Our Lady’s Shrine of Knock

At all of these venues big crowds turned up to pray with us and 
it showed me once again that the faith is very much alive in
Ireland. As the tour went along there was a growing faith in my
heart that God would intervene in some way. I must confess that
at the beginning of the five days I didn’t hold out much hope God
could change the current situation quickly.

To my amazement on the final day while we were at Knock it was 
announced that the Bishops of Ireland were to Consecrate the country
to The Sacred Heart of Jesus and to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
I knew that this was a sure sign that even in the midst of this current
storm God was in control and nothing is impossible to him.

This whole situation reminded me how important it is for us to pray 
with faith (even faith the size of a mustard seed) and never to give up.
I receive so many emails from people, particularly mothers, who are
praying for their loved ones. Often these situations look impossible
from a human point of view, but God wants us to have peace, to hand
over these problems to him and trust him to act in his own time.

One friend of mine was leading a self destructive lifestyle, he hated 
himself for something he had done in his past and he couldn’t
forgive himself. So for a number of years he drank heavily and
took drugs. One night he stayed at his mum’s house and at the top
of the stairs she had a picture of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
As he was passing it, he stopped and looked at Mary and because of
the despair he was feeling he said to her “Are you real? Because if
you are I need you because I’m dying here!” and nothing happened
so he went to bed. The next morning he awoke to the sound of the
Hoover going downstairs in the living room. Now it was a Sunday
morning and his mum would never normally clean on a Sunday.
Then he remembered that he had hidden his stash of drugs underneath
the settee in that room and he knew she had found them. The rest of
that day he was in fear of the confrontation that he was sure would
arise because of this discovery.

Later that day his dad came up to him and asked him to come outside. 
Then he held out his hands towards his son. In one hand were the
drugs his mum had found and the other hand was empty. Then his
dad said to him “Today I’m giving you a choice, you can take your
drugs and you can leave this home because we will not watch you
destroy yourself any longer, or you can take the hand of the family
that loves you and you can change your life and be our son again.”
That day he decided he wanted to change and not long afterwards the
love of God touched his life in a deep way and he committed himself 
to live for the Lord.

A few years later he was asked to give a talk on Our Lady at his local 
Parish and he decided to use the picture of the Immaculate heart of
Mary from his mum’s house. When he took it down off the wall he
was surprised to find the names of all his brothers and sisters written
on the back with his own name written at the very bottom. So he went
to his mum and asked why his name was written on the back of the
picture of Mary? She replied “When you were in your wildest times
and I was worried sick about you and I couldn’t even sleep at night,
I went on a retreat and the priest said If you are worried about your
children, consecrate them to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and she
will look after them because she loves them even more than you do.”
When he heard this my friend started to cry because he knew that it
was Our Lady who had led him back to her son Jesus!

St Pio always used to say “Pray, hope and don’t worry” and I think 
that is very good advice because there is always some situation that
will worry us and rob us of our peace if we allow it to. 
Last week I ran a healing retreat up at Ards friary in Donegal and it 
was a beautiful time where God’s grace touched all of our lives and
gave us renewed hope for the future. I’m hoping to run a couple of
these retreats next year possibly in different parts of the country.

Over the next few weeks I will running Parish Missions in Scotland 
and England, as well a speaking in Secondary schools and I would
really appreciate your prayers for these events.

Just to let you know that the new music CD that I have had commissioned
entitled  “This is The Air I Breathe” is now available from my website 
www.johnpridmore.com  

You are very much in my heart and prayers.

God bless you in his deep love
John Pridmore

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

TRUST IN GOD


Hello Everyone

I hope you are well and at peace.

A few weeks ago I spoke at a novena taking place in Letterkenny
Cathedral. It was praying for the intercession of Venerable
Matt Talbot (his relics were present) for people struggling with
addictions and their families.  Matt Talbot was someone that
through the grace of God overcame an addiction to alcohol and lived
his life totally for God. He is dear to my heart because it was through
his intercession that I gave up smoking. Although I could now
do with his help to stop eating so much because since I stopped
smoking I’ve put on about 3 stone.

Over the course of 9 days different people gave their testimonies
about how with the help of God they have conquered their addiction
and it was heart warming for me to see how many people came to
pray for their loved ones. It is so important for us never to give up
praying because nothing is impossible for God and as I can witness
He can change even the most broken of lives.

Next we had a parish mission in Cloghan, Co Donegal and although
it was a small parish it was great to see how the people responded
and their love for God. Following this we went to Medugorje in
Bosnia for our Community retreat. It has been reported that Our Lady
has been appearing there for the last 32 years calling us back to God.

After I had arranged the trip to Medugorje I received an email from
friends I had made while speaking at the Christ Our Life conference
in Iowa, USA. These people had organised the conference and they
deeply impressed me with their dedication to the Lord, it was been
one of the most powerful events I had ever attended. They were
in Medugorje with a group and they asked me to speak to them all.

When the talk was finished a young man told me that he was going
to go to confession and get rid of everything and to completely
start again with God. I thought if the trip was all for him it was worth
it.

As I was praying one day I really felt God impressing on me how
important it was to Him that I speak in secondary schools, and at
that point not many schools were planned before the summer. I had
arranged to go to several places for parish missions and various meetings.
Then amazingly through seemingly chance encounters doors were opened
and emails inviting me to speak in school started to arrive.

For example I was going to visit my old friend Fr Richard Aladics who
was celebrating 25 years of priesthood in York. He celebrated Mass
in the Bar Convent which is the oldest surviving Catholic Convent in
England and it was a pleasure to be there with him for that special
day. But out of the blue two schools invited me to come and speak to
their students in nearby Leeds

This same pattern emerged all over the country wherever I was staying.
God was arranging the talks the way that only He can. At the schools the
response from the young people was overwhelming with lots of tears and
many of them asking for a hug afterwards. This must be the Holy Spirit
because I can assure that in the days before I knew God no one would
come up to me and ask me for a hug!  

The emails that came in from those students were so moving with many of
them saying that they had experienced God for the first time and that they
wanted to open their lives to him. The whole thing just reminded me that
I have to trust in God and to follow His plans and if I am obedient to Him
His grace automatically follows.

Recently I commissioned a CD to be made and used at our missions, it
is called “This is the air I breathe” It has been made by Edwin Fawcett
and his sister Hermione Thomas who I first met years ago while I was
running retreats for youth 2000. Edwin would often do the music ministry
and his work is truly anointed. I believe the CD is very powerful and will
bring many people closer to God. If you are interested they will be
available on my website www.johnpridmore.com in about a months time.

Finally I would like to invite those who can attend to one of the
following venues where I will be speaking and where we will be praying
for the protection of the unborn child and that abortion will never
come into Ireland.

Each evening there will be a Mass of reparation as well as talks
and a time of prayer. Also attending are Fr Michael Ross, The Franciscan
friars of the renewal and various pro life groups.

Tuesday the 16th of July-  Letterkenny Cathedral,  Co. Donegal at 7:30pm

Wednesday the 17th of July-  Armagh,  St Malachy's Chapel at 7:30pm

Thursday the 18th of July-  Limerick - South Court Hotel at 7.30pm

Friday the 19th of July-  Dublin, Sean Mc Dermot Street Church at 7:00pm

Saturday the 20th of July-  Knock Shrine, Blessed Sacrament Chapel at 7.30pm

If you can attend one of these venues I would love to see you there, If you
can’t come please pray for us!

You are very much in my heart and prayers.

God bless you in his deep love
John Pridmore