A CANDLE OF HOPE – PADDY’S TESTIMONY
With the help of Colette Manley one of the leaders of the Teach Mhuire community, he contacted Barnardos, who had been involved in the relocation of his siblings all those years ago. Two weeks after starting his search and concentration on prayer for his sister, his prayers were answered. Barnardos managed to locate his sister Connie (Constance Ann Devlin) in the USA. His sister was also contacted about the good news and she was so overwhelmed that she travelled home to Ireland to see her brother, the very next day! A very emotional and heart-filling reunion was later experienced by Paddy and Connie in Dublin.
The Testimony of Paddy Devlin
In 1947 Dubliner Paddy Devlin, now a native of Portarlington, was 6 years old when his Mother died. He was placed in the care of the Daughters of Charity.
He then became separated from his siblings. Years later, following his conversion and ending up in Portarlington, he is now a member of the Teach Mhuire Praying Community and regularly attends the weekly prayer meetings. He made a commitment to pray for all missing people, including his family, and each week at the prayer meeting he would light a red candle as a reminder of his commitment to pray for the missing. Realising the power of prayer and the deep devotion and commitment of the praying community, Paddy began praying for, and naming, his sister Connie with whom he had been most close to as a child at the weekly Teach Mhuire prayer meetings.
Paddy said “When you cannot find someone you love, there is such a void in your life”. But, after 65 years, I feel so fulfilled now and in my heart and soul, I know it was prayers that found my sister Connie”. Paddy discovered that he has nephews and nieces and an extended family he can look forward to getting to know. Paddy also found his brother who had sadly passed away. He also located his parents’ grave where he will now erect a tombstone in their memory.