August 13-16, 2020

August 13-16, 2020


Irish Fest Mass

Liturgy for Peace and Justice - Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.


NOTE: This year the Liturgy for Peace and Justice will take place at the BMO Harris Pavilion, due to Summerfest construction. The South Gate entrance will open at 8:00 a.m. Hunger Task Force will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items.

His Excellency Bishop Brendan Kelly will be the celebrant for the 2019 Milwaukee Irish Fest Liturgy for Peace and Justice, which 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 SOUTH GATE will open at 8 a.m.


Born in Derrybrien in the parish of Ballinakill, Co. Galway on 20th May, 1946, Bishop Brendan was the second of nine children. He attended the Craughwell National School and subsequently boarded at St. Mary's Diocesan College in Galway City. Following the completion of his Leaving Certificate in 1964 he applied to and was accepted by the then bishop, Michael Brown, to study for diocesan priesthood in the Galway Diocese. He was sent to St. Patrick's College, Maynooth in September of that year.


As a seminarian Bishop Brendan completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1967 and a Bachelor of Divinity Degree in 1970. He was ordained to priesthood in 1971. His first appointment was to the parish of Kinvara as a curate before being appointed to the teaching staff of Colaiste Einde in Salthill in 1972 and remained on the staff until 1980. Returning to his diocese in 1996, Bishop Brendan was appointed by Bishop James McLoughlin as Parish Priest of Lisdoonvarna in Co. Clare and subsequently as Parish Priest of An Spideal in 2003.


On 20th November 2007, Bishop Brendan was named by Pope Benedict XVI as the Bishop of Achonry. On 11th December 2017, Pope Francis named Bishop Brendan as Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora. 


Milwaukee Irish Fest is blessed to have Bishop Kelly as the celebrant for our Liturgy for Peace and Justice on Sunday, August 18, 2019.  The gate to Irish Fest will open at 8AM, the Irish Fest Choir will begin singing at 9AM and the Liturgy will begin at 9:30AM.



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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 Gingerz Sportz Pub will open at 9 a.m. to provide breakfast. All non-perishable food items will be donated to the Hunger Task Force.

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