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By the Word of Their Testimony

The Journey of a Priest

Murchadh O Madagain

In this stirringly honest autobiography, Fr. Ó Madagáin shares his story of how he felt called to serve God and others through the priesthood. He describes his experiences at Medjugorje and Lourdes and how he was moved by the extraordinary sacrifices of individuals both there and in Rome, where he completed his theological education.

By the Word of Their Testimony is no bland endorsement for the vocation of the priesthood, however. Twice Fr. Ó Madagáin suffered burnout caused by both the mental and physical demands placed upon him as a priest. These moments, described in harrowing detail, in turn led him to question not only whether he was suited for the priesthood, but the very nature of faith itself.

136 pp.  
5" x 8"

Lantern Books


Published:  March 2009


Fr. Murchadh Ó Madagáin is a priest of the Diocese of Galway in the West of Ireland since 1998. He completed his doctorate in Spiritual Theology in the University of St. Thomas Aquinas ("The Angelicum"), Rome, in 2005. He now works in a parish in Galway and also lectures in Spiritual Theology. In addition to Centering Prayer and the Healing of the Unconscious and By the Word of Their Testimony, Fr. Ó Madagáin is also the author of Thérèse of Lisieux: Through Love and Suffering (St. Paul's, 2003). See all books by Murchadh O Madagain

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