This website is 4 years old today

This website was launched 4 years ago today. At the time, I wasn’t sure how it would develop or whether anyone would be interested or whether I would have personally have the interest, or material, to keep it going. I honestly never thought that I would still be running it 4 years later.

I guess I now know the answer to all of these questions!

The last four years shows me that there is a global interest in Fr Doyle’s life and spirit. Many people around the world write to me asking about Fr Doyle’s cause or asking about the possibility of a posthumous award of the Victoria Cross or reporting a favour allegedly granted through Fr Doyle’s intercession. Others write to tell me about the inter-generational devotion to Fr Doyle in their family because of the help he gave to their grandfather or great-grandfather in the war.

Perhaps the most interesting of all are those – especially the young – who write to me having heard of Fr Doyle for the first time, and who have become intrigued by his spirit and his message and want to know more.

The greatest sign of ongoing devotion to Fr Doyle is the fact that three new books have been published about him in just the last 6 months. Carole Hope’s thorough new biography of the war years entitled Worshipper and Worshipped and KV Turley’s excellent introductory CTS booklet as well as a new book in French published by the Amis de St Benoit Labre (see here). All three books were developed completely independently of this website – the diversity of people interested in promoting Fr Doyle’s memory is itself significant.   

I hope that the next 12 months will bring to fruition some current plans aimed at making Fr Doyle more well known across the world…

Thank you to all of those who have helped and commented and become friends through this site over the past 4 years. 




3 thoughts on “This website is 4 years old today

  1. I am not sure how I happened upon this site just in the past week but I have been impressed enough to order a book on him. My father was a military man and I used to love to send him books on military chaplains both because he enjoyed reading about the military and then the heroic courage of the chaplains would help to deepen his faith. Since I oversee Eucharistic Adoration at my parish, I sent the meditation of the day to all the adorers the other day. THANK you for bringing this heroic martyr’s notice to the world. And he is a martyr who laid down his life for others.

  2. 6.
    One passage in the little book you sent me
    struck me very much. ” Love grows from love
    like wheat from wheat.” Just as one tiny grain
    will bring forth an ear filled with many new
    grains, and each of these, if sown, will bear other
    ears, so one little act of the love of God is enough
    to produce in time a very harvest of golden acts.

    I thought that yesterday’s entry from a Years Thoughts from Fr Doyle very appropriate for this Anniversary…
    Thank you Pat for your web site and all your work. The presence of Fr Willie in my life has made a big difference.

    And all the best for you on Monday … Future Dr Kenny!


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