We received this request for help from the USA last week in our comment section. However, we find that these cries for help are very familiar and nothing is being done to assist these folks.
Submitted on 2015/07/15 at 2:39 pm
Hi, I’m from the U.S.A. and my mother has been a follower of Christina Gallagher for at least 8 years. Her involvement with the House of Prayer has caused much suffering and heartache in our family not to mention the money she has spent buying the various trinkets and doomsday prep. She prays at every available minute she has at the expense of her health and relationship to her children and family. She visits the House of Prayers in Kansas and Texas often. She recently convinced and took a bus of a group from the local Catholic Vietnamese parish to visit the Kansas HOP. I read from a Our Lady of Peace newsletter that she brought home from her recent visit that Christina Gallagher will make a visit to the U.S. this late September and October. My family and I have been extremely concern with her heavy involvement with Christina Gallagher for awhile now and don’t know what to do. Now that she has been convincing others to follow Christina Gallagher, I’m so sad and concern that other families will be going through the same heartache if their family member began to follow Christina Gallagher. I don’t want other families to go through what we are going through. Has anyone have any involvement or experiences with the HOPs in the U.S.A.? Concerned for a vulnerable Adult
Here is another case dating back to November 2009 and again we are being asked for help. We are being told that the Catholic Church can do nothing. Is it time to say enough is enough?
Father Fintan Monahan gave me your name and email address
My mother (80 years old) and brother (48 years old and “challenged”) have been caught up with nasty, dark revelations from the House of Prayer. They have traveled to Achill Ireland and to different chain houses in the US.
After years of believing and being pressured for donations, they are still smitten with this group.
It appears to me that this is a cult, one that scares its followers into believing and donating money to stay afloat.
They appear to target people such as my mother and brother – the elderly or impaired. Very unfortunate.
Father Monahan suggested I contacted you – I hope you may be able to share some insight into breaking the “spell” of Christina Gallagher and her entourage
Good morning Mike
I have not heard from the Archdiocese of Armagh – and I do not suspect I
I will reach out the Archdiocese here in xxxxxxx in the next few
weeks and see if they will intervene on my behalf
The best way to reach me is my cell phone, listed below
Then we received this email from Sean Garvey an ordinary Catholic who can’t understand why the Catholic church will not intervene. He gave us permission to publish.
4 Devon Mews
18th July 2015
C.C. Dr Michael Neary
House Of Prayer Achill
Dear Dr. Martin,
I’m a late ‘convert’ to Jim Gallagher’s book Immaculate Deception which documents in detail all the shenanigans in Christina’s Gallagher’s House of Prayer in Achill for nearly twenty five years. As a happy and fulfilled Catholic I have to honestly admit it filled me with a profound sense of disgust that someone could knowingly and deliberately dupe the general public for so long. It seems to me that the church, by her virtual silence in this period has given Christine Gallagher a free and open hand to continue in her greed-cantered ‘mission’. In essence, this silence may be only understood when we read the parable of the darnel in Matthew’s gospel. The pastors of our churches may be afraid that if they come right out and openly criticise in an honest and forthright way this ‘suspect heavenly initiative’ that they will undermine the ordinary faith and morals of the faithful and possibly do irreparable damage. My questions are these: What is the lesser of two evils: To allow her to continue as she stands spreading her heresies or to stand back and do nothing? Remember, neither Christina Gallagher or Fr Gerard McGinnitty are going to live forever and their passing for many will leave a huge void of sorts. Also, who will then be left with the pastoral care of these members of the faithful in the event of such a fall out?
To conclude, in the context of action versus inaction I am reminded of that brilliant article in The Furrow in October 1983 by Fr Noel Dermot O’ Donoghue O.D.C. titled The Cult Phenomenon and subtitled The Community in Question where he cites quite clearly, I quote: My not doing leaves room for the doing of someone else and this clearly includes damage to faith and morals.
Finally, it is high time that our church leaders made a decision to stand up to the plate in a true leadership role as Christ would expect and not be led astray by false prophets.
Lastly, we are all going to have to give an account of our actions some day and the shepherds will be asked how did you address this matter on your watch. The time for action is now.
Sean later sent us these readings for today as highly relevant.
First reading Jeremiah 23:1-6 ©
‘Doom for the shepherds who allow the flock of my pasture to be destroyed and scattered – it is the Lord who speaks! This, therefore, is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds in charge of my people: You have let my flock be scattered and go wandering and have not taken care of them. Right, I will take care of you for your misdeeds – it is the Lord who speaks! But the remnant of my flock I myself will gather from all the countries where I have dispersed them, and will bring them back to their pastures: they shall be fruitful and increase in numbers. I will raise up shepherds to look after them and pasture them; no fear, no terror for them any more; not one shall be lost – it is the Lord who speaks!
‘See, the days are coming – it is the Lord who speaks –
when I will raise a virtuous Branch for David,
who will reign as true king and be wise,
practising honesty and integrity in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel dwell in confidence.
And this is the name he will be called:
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