Tuesday, June 21, 2016

WHEN WE GIVE YOUNG PEOPLE THE TRUTH.....

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
choir.

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
miracles.

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

THE GREATEST ATTRIBUTE OF GOD'S HEART


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 
Graces.

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

GIVE UNTIL IT HURTS!

Hello Everyone

I hope you are well and at peace.

At the end of my speaking tour of schools in
England I had been feeling quite ill and very
depleted and even though I was booked to
go and speak in Fargo, North Dakota I was
seriously considering cancelling because I
wasn’t sure I had it in me. Yet when I prayed
I really felt God encouraging me to go. It
turned out to be a week of  grace. After one
talk at a university a student told me his
story. As a young boy someone had badly
hurt him and he had immense anger and
hatred towards this person who had taken
away his innocence, by his own description
he said it was eating him up inside and
nothing could give him peace. But after
hearing my talk he went to confession and
confessed all the anger and unforgiveness
and afterwards he felt that God and set him
completely free and he had a deep sense
of peace and closeness to Jesus. This just
reminded that Blessed Mother Teresa
always used to say “Give until it hurts”
and it is in that giving when it really costs
us something, that God can work miracles
of grace!
After this I travelled back to speak at
Parish missions in Liverpool and Clonlara
Co Clare. While I was back in Ireland I
ran a school retreat for my old friend
Fr Michael from Irvinestown. All the
students went to confession and it was
nice to see some of them come back
who had been on the retreat on
previous years.
Next I went to Florida to run 3 parish
missions in and around Tampa. At one
of these a lady told me that she had
done something she regretted 14 years
ago and had been carrying around that
sin ever since. It was like a cloud of
doom that hovered over her so that
she never felt true joy within her. But
after going to confession and bringing
this sin to Jesus she said it was like
experiencing a resurrection in her
heart. This is the year of mercy and
Jesus wants us to come to him with
all our burdens and experience his
forgiveness and healing.
Sometimes on the missions there is
a day dedicated to Mary and we will
set up a petitions box before a picture
or statue of our blessed Mother. One
married couple who attended the
week wrote out a petition and
placed it in the box which represents
the Immaculate heart of Mary. They
prayed for their son who is addicted
to drugs. The following day he
approached his parents and asked
them to help him overcome his
addiction. He is now in the Cenacolo
community (a community which helps
people break addictions through prayer
and communal living, which is highly
effective) in Florida. That is the power
of prayer! When people come to the
mission and make the sacrifice
to go out of their way to put God first
in their lives, God is never outdone in
his generosity.
As we continue our journey of lent let
us pray for one another that we would
have generous and open hearts to all
God asks us to do.
God bless you in his deep love

John Pridmore

Friday, January 29, 2016

GOD IS THE KEY TO ALL WONDER

Hello everyone

I hope you are well and at peace.

As the new year began I embarked upon a speaking
tour of secondary schools in England. I spoke in 15
schools across the country to around 5,000 students.

It started with two schools arranged by my old
friend Fr John Mckenna who is now based in a parish
in Barnet, North London. It was great to spend some
time with Fr John and to see him flourishing as a
Parish Priest. When I first knew him he was a lay
Man like myself and we worked together running
youth retreats all around the London area. I watched
as his calling in life became clear to him, and now I
can see how he is using all his gifts to serve God’s
people in his role as Parish priest. It reminded me
that no matter what God calls us to do, if we say
yes to that plan we can find a joy and fulfilment
that the world cannot give. Fr John said to me that
the most important part of his day was spending
time with the Lord in prayer where he would hand
over everything to God and receive all the grace
and strength he needed, he said he couldn’t survive
without that time with the Lord.

It struck me as we visited the different schools how
important the role of head teacher is when trying to
make God be the centre of a school. We all know the
pressures that teachers are under now, so that the
students get the results that are expected of them.
Because of this, faith can fall by the wayside and be
seen as unimportant. But on this tour I met some
incredible head teachers and spent a good deal of
time speaking with them. One head teacher in
Birmingham said that she would begin each day
and make each decision through prayer. She 
quoted St Francis de Sales who recommended
starting the day with half an hour of prayer. But
if you were too busy you should make it an hour.
I could see the difference this made to the students,
there was a great openness to God with dozens of
them emailing me afterwards to say how God had
touched their lives.

In another school, after my talk had finished the
head teacher took most of the morning  away from
what must be a busy schedule to bring me to visit
one of his students who had got in trouble with the
police. He was taking part in a scheme outside the
school and the headmaster thought that it would help
the young lad to speak with me. Because of this
teachers influence (he also took the lad to Our lady’s
shrine in Lourdes to look after the sick where he
had a beautiful experience of God’s love for him)
the boy’s life is literally being transformed. It
reminded me of Jesus’ parable of the good shepherd
who leaves the ninety nine sheep in the pasture to
go searching for the missing sheep. During this year
of mercy that is what we are all called to do!

After a couple of weeks had passed of the new year 
One of my friends asked me had I picked a saint to
help me throughout the year. I realised I hadn’t so
I prayed asking if there was a particular saint who
wanted to help me this year. The one that came to
me was Saint Martin de Porres, as things turned
out it didn’t take him long to get working. After
completing a morning talk in one school I managed
to get to a local lunchtime Mass. During the Mass
after receiving Holy  communion the priest came up
to me and asked me if I was John Pridmore?  So
after Mass I went to have a cup of tea and a chat
with the priest who it turns out had met me years
earlier when he was a seminarian. We had a really
blessed conversation with loads of little miracles
taking place and I knew that God had arranged all
this. The priest mentioned that he was supposed
to be doing a talk to an assembly at the local
secondary school that afternoon and he wasn’t too
sure what to speak about. So I asked would he like
me to speak, and he said that would be great. So we
went to the school  and I ended up sharing my story
with hundreds of students.  The headmaster was
another man of God who told us that every
morning he prayed that the Holy Spirit
would sweep down on his students and guide and
protect his school. What great hope there is for
our young people with men like him guiding them.
And after all that, what was the name of the school?
St Martin de Porres School!! The saints are very real
and are there to help each of us in the mission that
God has entrusted to us.

While I was in the North of England My friend Fr
Frankie Mulgrew invited me to a special ceremony
where his dad was receiving a papal knighthood for
all the amazing work he has done for the Church and
many charities through the years. Fr Frankie’s dad
is the comedian Jimmy Cricket and he is a great man
of faith and full of  love for all those he meets. The
Bishop John Arnold said the Mass and awarded him
the papal knighthood. After communion Jimmy got
up to say a few words and he said above all he wanted
to thank God because he remembers when he first
arrived in England from Northern Ireland as a young
man, he was all alone and he owned nothing. But
went into a chapel in Liverpool and he knelt down
and asked God to guide his life. Not long after he
got a very good job in entertainment, met his lovely
wife May and the Lord has blessed and
guided them and their family all through the years.
We truly serve a truly faithful God.

I just wanted to thank you for praying for me and all
those I speak to. So many young people emailed me
to say how they hadn’t believed that God existed but
during my talk they had experienced the power of
God’s presence and his love and mercy and it had
changed their lives. I know that this can only come
about when people are praying and interceding, so
please keep it up!

You will remain very much in my prayers.
God bless you in his deep love
John Pridmore

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A TIME FOR MERCY!

Hello Everyone

I hope you are having a Blessed and Holy advent!
Since my last update we have given parish
missions in Charlestown, Ballyduff and
Causeway, Crumlin, Tubberclair and Glasson,
Castleknock, Drumshanbo and Clondalkin
(All in Ireland) I also travelled to Canada and
France.

At the parish missions, one of the themes that
seems to be essential is mercy and forgiveness.
Forgiving those who have hurt us, or someone
we love. At a mission an older lady came up
and said "The one thing that is missing in the
world at the moment is mercy!" Often when
we do not forgive we allow the person or
people who have hurt us to have a hold on us
by allowing bitterness to eat us up inside and
take away our peace, and the peace of those
closest to us. When we ask Christ to help us
to forgive, the opposite is true because not only
are we set free, we allow God to work miracles
and set others free. So in this year which is
dedicated to the greatest attribute of God's
Heart (His Mercy) Let us ask God to help us
to forgive just as we have been forgiven.

When I travelled to Sault Sainte Marie in Canada,
I had the opportunity to give a number of talks
in prisons, schools and conference centres.
One of the nights was a banquet in thanksgiving
for our priests and religious and there were over
400 people there. It was a night of real grace and
blessing, with many clergy and the Bishop of
the diocese being very touched and it reminded
me how important it is to honour and thank the
people who consecrate their lives to the service
of God. As I was sharing my story it occurred
to me what an incredible grace it is to be able
to serve God. Often we can forget who it is that
we serve and get caught up with what people
think rather than what God is saying. There is
only one Person who we should live for and
only He can say the words "Come in good and
faithful servant" at the end of lives.

While I was in France I visited Paris and ate in
the pizza restaurant in which five people were
murdered by the Islamic state terrorists. This
atrocity happened just 2 hours after I had left the
restaurant. This, I must say felt quite surreal and
on reflection I was wondering if the people who
were killed could have been the waiter or waitress
serving me and how they might have changed
their last moments or indeed their lives if only
they had known what was about to take place.
Again, mercy seemed to be the key as I prayed
the Divine mercy chaplet for all those affected
by this tragedy. That weekend when I attended
the masses, the churches were full and the
people of Paris seemed to have an awakening
as to what is really important. God seemed to
be saying where sin abounds, grace abounds
infinitely more.

My next port of call was catching the train to
Lourdes with my mum, as this is her favourite
shrine to Our Lady. While I was there I went
to confession at the grotto as I was feeling a
bit wretched and broken and in need of a hug
from God. During the confession, to my
surprise, the priest said to me "You should
give thanks for the great grace of God giving
you an informed conscience and it shows that
he is very close to you" This seemed to be the
hug that I needed, and as he said the words of
absolution I did thank God for knowing my
wretchedness and need of His mercy. Saint
Francis de Sales, who had a wonderfully
loving mother, once said that he would rather
be judged by God than by his own mother.

So let us pray during this time of advent that
we might open each room of our heart to the
healing merciful love of our saviour, who not
only comes in the humility of a helpless child
but also comes in the humility of the bread
of life, and let us be transformed into his
light which this world so longs to see.

May you have a Blessed and wonderful
Christmas and a happy and Holy new year.
Thank you for all of your prayers.

John Pridmore

PS Please pray for my 5th book which will
be based on spiritual warfare that I would not
get in the way of what God wants.







Tuesday, October 20, 2015

MADE IN GOD'S IMAGE

Hello everyone

I hope you are well and at peace.

At the end of August I travelled to England to do a
talk at a youth conference for a group called Jesus
Youth. There were about 400 young people 
attending. I gave my testimony followed by a time
for questions. These were very deep and to me 
expressed what the young people were struggling
with, ranging from accepting themselves to 
sometimes feeling isolated and lonely.

In answer to self acceptance I would say that we 
have to start looking past our brokeness and
sinfulness to see the reality that God uses us in
our weaknesses for His glory. This is not to say
that we shouldn’t examine our conscience, but 
that we shouldn’t focus on where we get things 
wrong, but bring these things to God’s mercy.

As for feeling isolated, I think a lot of people old and
young, are deep down very lonely and are always
trying to be what other people want them to be in
order to win their friendship. But these relationships
have no grace as they are based on a lie. So it may
appear that we have many friends around us but the
reality is that no one truly knows us as we are never
real and never ourselves, hence this only adds to
our loneliness rather than relieving it. The opposite
is true when we are real and not wearing any masks,
that’s when we have deep friendships that are based
on truth, because our friends really know and 
understand us. The isolation is then automatically
taken away.

Next I travelled to Canvey Island to do a mission 
with a good friend of mine Fr Eamonn. He is 
someone who has great discernment and a lot
of experience when it comes to spiritual warfare.
It’s always a blessing to see the fruits of God 
working in the parish missions. Because we have
Mass, adoration, confession, the rosary and call
upon all the angels and saints of heaven, one 
priest said it is like us standing aside and 
allowing Jesus to do the mission.

My next stop was Los Angeles to give some talks.
While I was there I met my good friend Paul 
Kelmenson, the film producer who is still very
interested in making my first book into a film. Also
while I was there I had the joy to meet another 
friend of mine, James Pinedo who is a young
man who has stepped out in faith to make pro life
films. His first venture seems to be very exciting
and hopefully will be on the big screen very soon.

On returning to Ireland we ran a mission in the 
Divine mercy church in Lucan South. One of the 
things that touched my heart was seeing the primary
school kids come every night of the mission. They
seemed to be captivated by wanting to know Jesus
more. One little boy aged nine asked when we were
coming back because he didn’t want the mission to
stop. It reminded me that Jesus said  “Come to me 
as little children!”

I then caught a flight to Washington where I did a 
number of talks and a parish mission in Maryland
near Washington DC. I was in a parish where there
are amazing graces happening with the young 
people with great work going on in the local schools,
summer camps and various parish youth groups.
The have had a number of vocations to the 
priesthood and religious life and it was great to see
so many people, including the parish priest on fire
with the desire to bring the Gospel alive. In the high
school where I spoke to 700 students, 250 young 
people are receiving monthly spiritual direction,
which I thought was a brilliant idea and the fruits
of this were self evident. At the end of my time in
the parish it was wonderful to have 4 people of
different ages come up to me saying how the 
mission had changed their lives. It always amazes
me how God is so faithful and can use the most
broken of instruments, if we give Him permission!
People sometimes say to me that I am doing
so much good, but the truth is that it is God who is 
so good and it is a privilege to speak on His behalf.

May God bless you in his deep love
John Pridmore


Friday, August 28, 2015

A SUMMER OF GOD FIRST


I hope you are well and at peace,


Over the last few months I have visited
many countries including Germany,
Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Russia,
Belgium, Scotland, England and the
Czech Republic.

When we try to put God first he seems to 
be able to bless our life so much more. 
In the first years of being converted I felt 
that to show God that I loved him I 
needed to pray and go to Mass, as if I 
was doing God a favour. Now I 
understand the more time I can give God, 
the more he can bless my life. God has a 
wonderful plan for us, but can only show 
us this plan if we put him firmly first in our 
lives.

Over the Summer I had the blessing to 
speak to Priests and religious in Waterford, 
at the Little sisters of the poor. This was a 
real Grace for me because when I first 
came to Ireland, I had no house or place 
to stay and the Little sisters put me up 
many times, fed me and looked after me. 
At the talk there were about 200 people, 
it was to celebrate the gift of religious life. 
Again people who have tried to put God 
first in there lives, and have the wonderful 
Joy that goes with it.

 I also had the pleasure of spending time 
in Russia,Prague and Estonia, it is a 
wonderful gift to see the openness now
to faith, when for so many years the 
people and church was so persecuted. 
There is a real hunger in the people for 
the truth of the Catholic Church and its 
teachings. The pain in the older people is 
still there and the stories I heard of some 
of the struggles under the communists 
were quite remarkable. When a country 
turns away from God it turns away from 
love, mercy, openness and goodness.

I traveled over to Scotland and England 
visiting the Cenacolo  community and the 
Shrine to our Lady of Walsingham. The 
Cenacolo community was started for men 
struggling with addictions, I shared my 
story and one of the men asked me how I 
stopped hating myself. I said I started 
seeing myself as God sees me without 
Judgment, anger or condemnation, but 
with mercy, love and understanding.
When I wrote my first book my mum 
would not read the part of the book 
where I was so bad as a gangster in 
London, she did not mind reading the 
other parts where I tried to be good and 
had found God. Then she told me she 
had read the bad bits.  When I asked 
what she thought, she started crying and 
said, I thought my poor wounded little boy, 
she did not see me as a monster only a 
hurt little boy making so many bad choices.
And I knew this was a slight reflection of 
how God sees us, with an amazing mercy, 
love, and understanding, as his beautiful 
little boy or girl who have been hurt by 
our sins and other peoples sins and 
needing him to hold us and heal us in his 
forgiveness and love. At the Shrine to our 
Blessed Mother I was able to spend some 
time in prayer and meet good friends.

My last trip was to Munich to give some 
talks at a youth prayer festival, it was very 
blessed with hundred of people going to 
confession, many inner healings of 
forgiveness and self worth. My high point 
was a 22 year old homeless guy who had 
heard me on the radio and came as his 
story was like mine, we met and spent time 
chatting and he made his first confession 
and just cried and cried because he felt 
so loved by God, when I left he stayed on 
to help, and you could see God was going 
to look after him as he had chosen to try 
and put God first in his life.

Please pray for me as I have visits to England,
Los Angeles, Washington and Toronto in the
next few weeks.

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