This website is 7 years old today (Post 3 of 3 today)

This website was launched 7 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 7 years later.

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

The last 7 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 few yearss. 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.   

Thank you to all of those who have helped and commented and become friends through this site over the past 7 years. 

And finally…I have some interesting news to announce at an appropriate time in the coming weeks. Watch this space…

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3 thoughts on “This website is 7 years old today (Post 3 of 3 today)

  1. Thank you, Pat, for starting this site, and for your faithful posting of daily inspiration from Fr. Willie’s life! Thank you also for your prayers and support, and for that of the Fr. Doyle community which you garnered for me. May our Lord richly bless you and those you love!

  2. Congratulations Pat!! Tremendous job you have done here … and I ardently hope that these 7 years will turn into 70 or more, and we can see Fr Willie on the altars…!!!

    Best wishes, Norman

  3. Happy Anniversary! I can certainly attest to the blessing your website has been to me. Reading your website led to getting the CTS booklet, printing PDFs you’ve linked to, reading the words of Father Doyle, about his life and actions, the wisdom with which you put things into context…

    Father Doyle has had such an amazing impact on my life, especially the last few months, and I look forward to reading your posts every day.

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