The House of Prayer.The Church should excommunicate controversial Achill House
of Prayer founder Christina Gallagher, a former devotee of the
self-proclaimed visionary has said. Mick Power, a former
member of the controversial movement, has called on the
Church’s doctrinal watchdog to investigate Ms Gallagher
for alleged heresy and unverified claims of miracles.Mr Power became involved with the House of
Prayer with his wife Paula in 1998, after the death
of their only child, Tommy.
The 39-year-old described Ms Gallagher’s alleged
divine messages as “appalling” and “all about chastisements
and the end of the world. “She was always talking about the
Antichrist and the wrath of the beast,” according to the
There have also been calls for the Archdiocese of Armagh
to take a more pro-active stance on the House of Prayer’s
spiritual director, Fr Gerard McGinnity, who is parish
priest in Knockbridge in Co Louth, in the Armagh diocese.
A group of concerned relatives of devotees and ex-members
have called on Cardinal Seán Brady to stand over his agreement
to meet cult expert and the director of Dialogue Ireland,
Mike Garde, to answer questions about the priest.
It is reported, however, that Cardinal Brady,
who is no longer Archbishop of Armagh following the
acceptance of his resignation by Pope Francis on September 8,
has declined such an invitation.
Christina Gallagher founded the House of Prayer on
Achill Island, in Co Mayo in 1993. According to reports,
at the end of 2012, the centre was sitting on accumulated profits of €1.66m.
Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam has insisted the centre
does not have Church approval.
“While wishing to entirely respect the reputations of all involved,
the Archdiocese cannot but recall that sincere and well-ordered attempts on the part of the diocesan authorities to integrate this work into
the life of the local Church here met with a disappointing
lack of success,” a December 2009 diocesan statement said.
“Accordingly, while welcoming any and all sincere attempts
to promote orthodox Catholic faith and piety, the Archdiocese
cannot lend its approval to this work as matters stand and is
obliged to note that the same work is entirely of a private
nature and carries no ecclesiastical approval whatever.
“The Archbishop would call on all persons of good will
involved in the situation to reflect on what is best for the
Church at large and to exercise the greatest responsibility
and charity in the matter,” the statement concluded.
Requests to the Catholic Communications Office for
comment went unanswered as The Irish Catholic
went to press this week.
I am writing to you about Cathal Barry’s article on Christina Gallagher and the House of Prayer in Achill (IC 30/10/14). You quoted Mick Power, who became involved with the House of Prayer in 1998, describing Ms Gallagher’s alleged divine messages as “appalling” and all about chastisement and the end of the world, and the antichrist.
Well, Christina is right. Our Lady says if we don’t turn back to God there will be a chastisement, and her divine messages are not appalling, and the antichrist is soon to rise up in the world.
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