Reading I: Romans 14:7-12 Responsorial: Psalms 27:1bcde, 4, 13-14 Gospel: Luke 15:1-10
St Malachy lived about the year 1100. He was bishop of Armagh. At that time the Irish church was made up of large monasteries which were controlled by princes and clan leaders. There was a lot of nepotism and abuse of church power. The Irish also did not hold Easter at the same time as the rest of the church. St Malachy set about putting the Irish church in line with everywhere else. He made several trips to Rome in order to do this. On his way home from one such trip in 1148 he died at Clairvaux while visiting his friend Bernard. He is buried in front of the high altar in the chapel in Clairvaux monastery.
In 1154 at the synod of Kells, Malachy's work was completed when the dioceses as they are now in Ireland were set down. Easter was brought into line with the rest of the church and there it has remained ever since. Malachy, because of the work he did is one of the great unsung heroes of the early church in Ireland.