The Friary - Wexford Camino

The Friary

The Franciscans arrived in Wexford in about 1255 AD. There was a church on the site from Viking times It was originally called the church of St Brigid and St John.

The Friary was surpressed by Henry VIll in 1540. The friars took control of their church again in 1622 but it was destroyed by Cromwellian forces after the siege of Wexford in 1649. The names of the friars who were killed by the Cromwellians are written at the back of the Church. The church was rebuilt by 1692. A small chapel in High Street served as the Friary until then.

The Friary served as the parish church of Wexford from 1692 until 1858 when the twin churches were opened. In 1986 the Franciscan friary had to close for extensive repairs they celebrated mass in the Church of St Iberius, the Church of Ireland on the Main Street.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Having followed in the footsteps of Saint Ibar and all the holy men and women of Wexford, help me to ponder the faith that they witnessed to and passed on.

Like Saint Ibar on Begerin Island in Wexford Harbour, may I preserve an island of peace within me where I can meet with you Lord and hear your voice.

Like our ancestors in faith throughout the ages of Wexford, may I seek to serve you Lord and all those I encounter on my journey.

When times are difficult, may I remember the struggles of the holy people of Wexford and persevere in life knowing that you are always with me.

And like Fr Roche who built the Twin Churches, help me to build the Kingdom of God here in my own time within my family and community.

May the Twin Church spires of Wexford, pointing gracefully to the sky, remind me to seek first your Kingdom and all other things shall then be added (Matt. 6:33).

I ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saint Ibar pray for us.