August 18-21, 2016

August 18-21, 2016


Irish Fest Mass

Liturgy for Peace and Justice - Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

The 2015 Milwaukee Irish Fest Liturgy for Peace and Justice will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Irish Fest Choir for Peace and Justice will begin with a selection of music at 9 a.m.  The gates will open at 8 a.m.

Fr. Michael MaherMichael Maher, S.J. will be the celebrant of the Liturgy for Peace and Justice at Milwaukee Irish Fest 2015. Father Mike has been an Irish Fest volunteer since 1981 and considers it an honor to celebrate this liturgy on behalf of the 4,000 volunteers who make the liturgy the central event of the weekend. Milwaukee Irish Fest is delighted that he will be our celebrant in 2015.

Fr. Maher is Director Catholic Studies, Associate Professor of History, and chair of the department of History at Gonzaga University. Fr. Maher was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He entered the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1975. He has been involved in Irish Fest as a volunteer with his family – his late father, as well as his mother, brother and sister from the first year, 1981.   

Fr. Maher followed a typical course of Jesuit formation that included humanities, philosophy and theology interspersed with various teaching assignments that included teaching 7th and 8th grade science to Native Americans in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, English at Sogong University in Korea, religion to boys in Omaha, Nebraska and teaching positions at Marquette University and Saint Louis University. After ordination, he began doctoral studies at the University of Minnesota majoring in early modern European history with additional studies in Chinese History. Fr. Maher has co-edited a book on confraternities and written several articles and book chapters dealing with the implementation and influence of Jesuit practices on various groups. In recognition of his scholarship, Fr. Kolvenbach, then superior general of the Jesuits, appointed Fr. Maher to the Jesuit Historical Institute. Fr. Maher holds membership in addition to his current position as associate professor of History at Gonzaga University as well as chair of the department of History and the Director of Catholic Studies.

Gonzaga University is a private, four-year institution of higher education for both women and men with an enrollment of 7,691 students. Gonzaga’s educational philosophy is based on the centuries-old Ignatian model of educating the whole person – mind, body and spirit. At Gonzaga, students discover how to integrate science and art, faith and reason, action and contemplation. "Cura personalis," or care for the individual, is their guiding theme.

Irish Fest is truly blessed to have “one of our own” as celebrant for the Liturgy of Peace and Justice during the 35th Anniversary in 2015.

Anyone donating a non-perishable food item by 11 a.m. will receive free admission to the festival. Patrons are welcome to attend the Liturgy beginning at 9:30 a.m. and will receive free admission immediately following. Those donating food who choose not to attend the Liturgy will receive a hand stamp valid for free entry at any time that day during regular festival hours (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) or are welcome to remain in the designated section of the South Gate. Ward's and Claddagh will open at 9 a.m. to provide breakfast. All non-perishable food items will be donated to the Hunger Task Force.