Tuesday, October 11, 2016


After coming back from Australia I returned
to Ireland and had the joy of my mum
staying with me for a week. For the last 3
years my mum has been completely free
from any depression and it is a blessing to 
see her so happy and full of life. I thank God 
for my mum as it was her prayers that 
really changed me and brought me to 
my conversion.

My mum struggled with depression since
I was ten (for over forty years) Three years
ago she went on a retreat which was about
healing memories and wounds of the past.
Through one of these memories being 
healed the result was that she hasn’t been
depressed since, which is a complete

After some time of rest I ran a healing retreat
in Ards friary, Donegal for past wounds. It was
an amazing blessed weekend with many people
saying it changed their lives, and in some 
peoples cases you could see the physical 
change in them because of the spiritual 
healings they received.

I often feel that God wants us to be healed and
free to enjoy all the blessings he wants to give 
us, but as the famous phrase says “grace works
on nature” and sometimes we have to invite God
into the areas of our past where we have been
wounded and hurt, I remember in my own 
life after some time of being with God I realised I
was still addicted to gambling and even though
I had made a promise to God that with his grace
I wouldn’t gamble. I still struggled every day to 
keep this promise. I was in Arizona giving some talks 
when I got a whisper in my head to go to Las
Vegas. Because I thought I had been healed
from my addiction I went to Las Vegas and 
ended up gambling again and losing a couple
of hundred dollars. There is a big difference
between surpressing our compulsions and darkness
than to allowing Gods light and love to heal us.
On this same trip to Las Vegas I went into a
Church feeling sorrowful and ashamed and
allowed God’s love to touch my heart in that
area where the addiction was manifest. Maybe
this wound was created by low self esteem or
low self worth as I feel it was God telling me 
in prayer that he loved every part of me that 
transformed and healed my heart. From that
day to this, I have never had the desire to

Probably most of us have parts of our lives which
we’d like to change but cannot seem to.
Firstly we need to ask God where the root of
these problems are and this may take some
time in prayer to get the answers. Then we 
need to invite God into that memory and to
heal it and not be ashamed of it. St Teresa of
Avila speaks in her book “The Interior Castle”
about allowing God’s love to transform all the 
rooms of our heart. I believe the freedom that
God wants us to enjoy in our everyday lives
depends on the effort we put into this process.
It is not enough to ask God to heal us, we have
to be willing to work with him to pinpoint the
wounds and with his help transforms those
wounds into scars (The Sacrament of confession 
can be a great grace in this) The thing that stops 
us from allowing God’s light and love into those 
rooms are fear and shame. But as God is all seeing 
and all knowing what are we ashamed of or
afraid of. Often when I’m praying with people 
I get a picture of them looking at a reflection
of themselves and throwing stones at the relection.
And Jesus takes the stones from their hands and
say “Behold my beautiful daughter, behold my 
beautiful son”

Since the healing weekend I have given parish
missions in Limerick and Bandon. Also I travelled
to Phoenix USA, where I spoke at a parish, a university
and a conference. I thank God every day for the
privilege it is to try and serve him and I pray that 
each one of us might begin to see ourselves and
accept ourselves and love ourselves as Jesus

Please keep my work in your prayers as I will be
giving parish missions in Ireland, England and
Scotland and travelling to France and Florida to
give talks and conferences.

God bless you in his deep love
John Pridmore

Thursday, August 11, 2016


I hope you are well and at peace. Since last I
spoke to you I have been in Australia for two
and a half months speaking to about 17,000
teenagers, giving 5 parish missions and a
number of talks in prisons, churches, hotels
and even banquet halls. My tour of Australia
took me to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane,
Wagga, Albury and Griffin.

It was a very blessed time with lots of Miracles,
I had a number of people who came up to me
saying how they had heard me speak at World
Youth Day in Sydney in 2008. One lady who is
now a Nun said she heard me when she was
twelve and knew she was to become a Nun
and had been one for 2 years now. Another
man said he was not going to Mass when he
heard me and now goes every day, many people
said my talks at world youth day changed their
lives. This helped me to understand how Gods
Fruits are everlasting.

I think it is incredible how when God wants
something to happen he opens all the doors.
When Michael (a young man from Australia
Who spent 15 months with me in community)
approached me about running parish missions
in Australia I told him I would only come if he
could arrange 5 missions as it is a very long
way to travel for anything less. I was doubtful that
would happen as it is very difficult to organize
that many missions. But sure enough he got
the missions and countless other talks
snowballed from there. It is a very beautiful
thing to see the hand of God at work!

To speak to so many Teenage school children
was wonderful, many times speaking to 1200
young people at a time, with lots of Grace and
hearts being changed. I met some great
teachers who were only there for God and to
bring the young people closer to Jesus.

In this year of Mercy it was inspiring to see so
many people return to confession with lots of
priests saying how they heard  confessions
over 30,40,50 years in the parish missions.
The world needs Mercy and we have this
powerful grace in the Sacrament of
reconciliation where lives are truly healed and
transformed. One man emailed to tell how
after going to confession for the first time in
years, he went home and just began to weep
at the love and mercy he was experiencing.
He told how a great weight was lifted from
him and a massive healing took place in his

I had a lot of people praying for this tour
and thank you for all your prayers, You did not
see the Miracles I saw and the tears running
down peoples faces as their hearts were being
touched by the love of Jesus. But hopefully one
day you will see in Heaven as Gods everlasting
fruits are revealed.

Some years ago after Cardinal Cook had given
a talk to 5000 people and was receiving a standing
ovation. He said “Who is the real instrument of God?
Me, or the man praying the Rosary for this talk”

Thank you for all your prayers, and please pray I do
not get in Gods way.
You are very much in my heart and prayers.

John Pridmore

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Hello everyone

I hope you are well and at peace.

Since my last update I have busy trying to
bring the Gospel alive in many places,
including a few parish missions in Ireland
and England before travelling to Hong
Kong and Australia.

During this year of mercy I have seen many
people brought back to the heart of Jesus.
At one mission in Ireland a girl in her
twenties, after going to confession for the
first time since she was seven, was so
profoundly touched that the next night she
brought six of her friends and by the end
of the mission, not only had she come
back to Mass but she had also joined the

I believe that part of the parish missions
is to bring people back to the vibrancy of
their parishes, where they can find the
wonder of the Sacraments and the depth
of our Catholic faith which is the fullness
of truth and everything we need to equip
us on our journey to heaven. I also find
that some of the parishes aren't as vibrant
as they should be and another aspect of
the missions is to reignite the parishes in
fire of God's love.

As you would know from my many updates
another aspect of my work is to speak in
a lot of schools and the more I encounter
the assault that the culture of death has
on our young people, the more vital I
think this work is. One priest said to me
after I spoke in a school to five hundred
teenagers "The devil is outrageous with
his lies and we need to be outrageous with
God's truth" Mother Teresa said to me
personally when I had the privilege of
meeting her "When we give young people
God's truth, they always have the choice to
choose it, but if we don't give them God's
truth they never have the choice"

I remember when I was giving talks and
running retreats in Manchester, I would
always stay with a lovely Catholic family
who had four teenaged boys. Each night
at 7.30pm the Father would say, "It's now
time for the rosary" and the four teenaged
boys would disappear to different parts of
the house. After the father had rounded
up the boys the rosary would be said. One
Sunday when their 18 year son told his
father he wasn't going to Mass anymore
(as they were preparing to go off to Church)
The Father said "No problem but make sure
you and all your stuff are out of my
house by the time I return from Church"
Needless to say this was the end of the
rebellion. This same boy, after getting
married named his first child after Pope,
Benedict, and all those teenaged boys
are now grown up and are solid in their
faith and one of them is in final vows
preparing to become a priest.

I am asked many times by parents how
should they bring up their teenagers to
go to Mass and pray, when they don't
want to. I tell them the story of two
girls playing outside and one girls mother
comes out and says "I want you in for your
tea in five minutes" So her daughter turns
to her friend and says "I wish my mum was
like yours and let me play out all night" her
friend replied "I wish my mum was like
yours and actually cared about me"

Sometimes it seems easier to give in and allow
young people to choose what they want to
do, but when we put in the effort, prayer and
witness it brings about amazing graces and

I am now in Sydney giving a number of talks
and parish missions. Over the next couple of
months I will be going to Perth, Melbourne,
Brisbane, Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Albury,
Griffith and Leeton. So please keep me in
your prayers that God's love and mercy
might touch everyone I witness to.

God bless you in his deep love
You are in my heart and prayers
John Pridmore

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


I hope you are well and had a blessed Easter.

After the 3 missions in Tampa Florida I travelled 
to Lafayette Louisiana, via Houston,Texas.
In Houston I had the grace of meeting up with 
some good friends, one of which was Steve 
Bollman. It was a wonderful grace to see Steve 
who started "That Man Is You" Mens prayer 
groups around the USA, among other great 
initiatives. He is someone who tries to put God 
first in his life and is a good friend,who helps
me grow spiritually and is not afraid to challenge 
me. Fr Andrew Apostoli, who was my Spiritual 
directer said there are 2 types of friends in life, 
a buddy who tells you everything you want to 
hear or a real friend who helps you grow closer 
to God.

In Lafayette, I gave a parish mission over 3 
days also speaking in some schools, it is a 
parish where they have Adoration of the 
Blessed Sacrament, and the Graces were 
amazing, with a full church each night, 
many people making great confessions,
and lots of deep spiritual and physical healing.

Then I went to England and gave a mission in 
Tonbridge, it was a second mission leading up 
to Easter, again with lots of wonderful Lenten 

On Palm Sunday I was in Chester giving a talk 
to young people for Bishop Mark Davis, This 
was another blessed day.

I spent Easter In Dubai, and was very touched 
by the workers faith, who can work up to 15 
hours a day, with one day off each month.
Yet the church there is packed with these 
people, worshiping Jesus, with 3 hour queue’s 
for confession. On Easter Sunday there must
have been over 20,000 people at Mass, in the 
Church and Church courtyard, what a 
wonderful witness of Faith.

Back in Ireland I gave a mission in Cork before 
traveling to Portugal for a personal retreat.

During this year of Divine Mercy I have seen so 
much more Grace for the world, As if Jesus is 
reaching down to each person and inviting 
us to have real freedom in his forgiveness, 
all we have to be is humble enough to see 
how broken and weak we are, that we 
cannot manage on our own, to see our 
smallness and allow our loving God to take 
us in his arms, and say I am with you, let me 
hold you and heal you, let me carry you, 
do not be afraid of making mistakes, do not 
be afraid of getting it wrong, Just keep trying 
and all you need I will give you, because you 
belong to me and you are part of my heart, 
you are fully loved by me.

How Blessed we are to have Christ in the 
Eucharist, Confession, the scriptures, Our 
Blessed Mother Mary, the Saints, the angels, 
all we need to get to our Eternal Goal, Heaven. 
How blessed we are to have Christ’s Church 
and our Holy Father Pope Francis.

Know you are very much in my heart and 
prayers, please pray for me as I will be giving 
missions and talks in Ireland, England, 
Hong Kong and Australia.

God bless you in his deep love.

John Pridmore