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House of Prayer Achill; Response to Media Misrepresentation of Christina Gallagher, Fr McGinnity and the House of Prayer Achill

The House of Prayer Achill released a statement following the first showing of TV3’s Midweek ‘Cult’ Programme on 26th September 2011. The programme has been repeated on TV3 many times since! Here is the House of Prayer’s statement;

TV3’s Midweek Programme; the Usual Exercise of Propaganda and Dishonesty Against the House of Prayer Achill

This report is to place on record the facts from the side of spokespersons for The House of Prayer Achill regarding the efforts they made to fully and openly engage with TV3 during the days before the programme was scheduled for broadcast. We are not in the least surprised that TV3 finally declined our offer and availability and at the last moment cynically refused to include any participation from our side in the programme.

Naturally, as we sought to engage responsibly, it was felt prudent to include legal advice since we were dealing with an entity that employs the underhand tactics of hidden cameras and microphones as well as deception and lies”, when none of such was necessary.

Senior spokespersons for The House of Prayer Achill, working in contact with Christina Gallaghe and Fr McGinnity, continually and sincerely sought to reach agreement with TV3’s production and legal team from 23rd Sept through the weekend following , offering to meaningfully participate and in advance of the programme to fully address all questions etc. from the TV3 team. Spokespersons for the House of Prayer Achill were left for a period of 22 hours waiting for TV3 response.

All these efforts were finally in vain when after several delaying tactics, TV3 finally declined to agree the reasonable terms and conditions we sought, including being shown any finally edited material prior to broadcast, and the assurance that material given from our side would not be tampered with prior to the broadcast.

As already stated, we are not surprised that TV3 could not allow fairness and balance into what was just another black-propaganda exercise…and after all, when was Christina Gallagher or spokespersons for The House of Prayer Achill EVER given the slightest level of fairness and honesty in what has been a vile media campaign of insults, vilification, mockery and lies now well into its 5th year?

In hindsight it is clear that TV3 never intended to allow the truth to be represented by inclusion of statements from our side. Such was the nature of the pathetic programme, any such inputs would have totally contradicted and derailed their cheap efforts to represent lies and sensation.

However, although expected, it was nevertheless sad to see a national TV channel descend to the depths of a gutter tabloid ….remarking, as they did, “We can do what we like because we have the licence” which is reminiscent of the words of Michael McCrory, (the instigator of the campaign against Christina Gallagher) as he described the Sunday World…“ a tabloid newspaper of ill-repute, willing to publish lies, and not concerned about proof”…(M.McCrory, March 2007).

We will comment further upon the damage and danger caused by the incitement to hatred and the effect this has had upon Christina’s life.

Questions & Issues

QUESTIONS and ISSUES which would have been dealt with had TV3 permitted participation by the spokespersons for The House of Prayer Achill:

  • It would have been clearly stated that Christina Gallagher NEVER was involved in “fortune-telling”, and it would have challenged those faceless accusers to come out in the open with any evidence or proof of such.

  • She is NOT a “healer”; she has NEVER claimed to have healed anyone but through Our Lady’s intercession, many have been healed when Christina Gallagher prayed with them -only to prove the authenticity of her work and mission.

  • How the allegation of wealth and ownership of multiple properties is totally false, explaining again the total separation of the Houses of Prayer in USA and Mexico, put in place by the free choice of the people there and are in a Charitable Trust in which Christina Gallagher has no responsibility and from which she has never benefited.

  • It would have been explained how there were names of some people from Ireland registered there at the outset to allow the efforts in the USA become established and only until the relevant individuals with the required skills were put in place, at which point all Irish resigned, and it would have been shown that none of those ever received any fees or benefits for their temporary and necessary roles.

  • How regarding other properties, and despite the facts being many times explained publicly, the media persists in its false reports…for example how the house in Malahide, so much publicised and exaggerated, was provided for Christina Gallagher to be a place of safety and refuge for her when she was hounded by media at her home in Knockmore peering into and photographing her very bedroom trying to make cheap ornaments appear expensive! and how the house in Malahide is now also seriously needed to ensure she is close to hospitals due to her state of health and many illnesses.

  • How the modest home near Newport Co Mayo was acquired by Christina Gallaghersolely funded by royalties from sales of her own books.How later , when she sold that house, she donated -as she was entitled to do- the proceeds of the sale to her daughter who then bought a home near Ballina which has also been crudely targeted.

    Indeed, not only Christina’s daughter, but also her son and husband were the victims of vilification and invasion of privacy… Brendan’s house also being stalked by the The Sunday World which sought to question his ability to purchase such without receiving his mother’s help….DESPITE the fact that he is part of a successful plumbing company which he shares with his father. Those crude, immoral comments by the Sunday World sought to damage Brendan’s reputation and put his livelihood at risk, but also displayed the vile nature of the that so-called “journalist” striving to cause pain and distress to all the innocent members of Christina Gallagher’s family.

    And lastly, when Christina’s privacy and safety in Malahide were destroyed, and her life was being threatened, how the Fraternity decided to provide Christina Gallagher with a fund to enable her to procure an alternative home in safety and privacy, doing this in a completely transparent and legal way with every donation being formally signed off for that purpose and most specifically for Christina Gallagherto use as necessary, which explains the house in the UK.


  • How her very life has been endangered, and threats received arising from the defamation and vilification published by the Sunday World newspaper.

  • How The House of Prayer Achill is NOT a cult and how totally the prayers and devotions which take place there are in absolute conformity with the Catholic Church.

  • It would have been emphasised how those people who attend The House of Prayer Achill are dedicated Catholics, active in their own parishes and are a most joyful and relaxed mixture of people of all ages and professions. In particular it would have been stressed how the utter freedom and relaxation surrounding these people resoundingly demonstrates the complete absence of any features remotely reminiscent of ‘cult’! and, furthermore, how unaffected most of these people are from the fears and worries that are sweeping through the whole world as society disintegrates (as Christina Gallagher already prophesied in the currency breakdown, the stockmarket collapse and the formation of the one-world bank -all now taking shape)

  • How Christina Gallagher’s work as a victim soul began, how she has been chosen to deliver God’s message, the special gifts she has been endowed with by The Holy Spirit including the gift of prophecy.

  • How Christina Gallagher’s messages to the world have been upheld by many miracles and how, through the intercession of Our Blessed Lady at The House of Prayer Achill, over 700 testimonies of healings, conversions, vocations, and blessings of every kind have been received by people from Ireland and many other countries, to uphold the reality of Christina’s mission.

What a wonderful opportunity for TV3 to at least begin to tell the incredibly painful, but massively uplifting story of Christina Gallagher’s life and just for once, to allow a little bit of truth and fact to be reported about Our Lady Queen of Peace House of Prayer Achill and the very special Blessing and Graces which are to be found there by those who go there with a sincere heart.

It has been almost laughable that TV3 would conclude their botched programme giving the impression that there would be a “later programme produced involving participation from The House of Prayer Achill.”

In light of how they have performed by disallowing us to participate and by the slander they permitted to be broadcast, we could not now have trust in them or encouragement to go forward -as we had been prepared to do.

How could any sincere party ever be expected to re-engage with an entity which seems lacking in values and whose only tools are deception, the use of nameless/faceless detractors, the inclusion of self proclaimed “arch-foes” of The House of Prayer Achill and the shameless repetition of the Sunday World’s lies, defamation and slander?

Many horrific, slanderous and libellous allegations have been made against Christina Gallagher without a shred of evidence or proof. We would be interested if the people making such accusations were brought to us – to investigate where these accusations are coming from…

Not alone is it painful to know the depth of these offenses – in fact, it is a crime punishable in law and where formal counter action does have to be taken. It is distressing that such very serious criminal accusations are made based on rumour or hearsay. When confronted they personally WILL have to provide solid proof or face the consequences. It is more distressing to see the purveyors of such accusations pretend to have also religious motives.

Concerning the House of Prayer Achill

Also we would like to restate a few matters concerning The House of Prayer Achill itself.
The House is open every day to visitors and for people wishing to spend some quiet time in prayer or participate in the daily prayers recited there.
It is open to EVERYONE.

The affairs and accounts of The House of Prayer Achill are totally separate from any personality and have always been properly administered and transparent to Dept of Revenue etc.

At the House of Prayer Achill, helpers, volunteers, directors, advisors etc come and go of their own free will…just as the normal dynamics of such in any well-run operation.

The House exists and is funded from the sale of religious articles and from donations received. There is no membership and no collections have ever been taken up in the Chapel.

Coaches arrive with pilgrims to attend the Saturday Novena at the House of Prayer Achill

WHY ARE THERE SUCH ONGONG ATTACKS UPON
Christina Gallagher and her spiritual director Fr Gerard McGinnity?

It would seem clear that the active enemies of The House of Prayer Achill are very small in number. With the exception of 5 individuals, the few others have always sought to be nameless and faceless…and the publications by The Sunday World and Michael Garde would always be to give each of these multiple identities to create an impression of “many”.

A key tactic is increasingly to vilify and destroy the character of Fr McGinnity. This consists of stalking, mockery and defamation, spread by an individual (M.Garde) described by TV3 as a ‘so called’ cult expert (!), who is not himself a Catholic, yet wishes to portray his efforts as “protecting” the Catholic Church. His obnoxious comments mock the prayers of our faith and the sacramentals we hold so dear. He tries to create scenarios of division and disobedience where none exists. His latest ploys are to ridicule the content of messages given to Christina, yet those messages which we see being fulfilled on a daily basis are -as occurred in Fatima, Pontmain, Banneux, La Salette and other places – the warning of future events given us by Our Lady.

Even in the days when The Soviet Republic and Communism dominated much of Europe and the world from 1917-1990, the newspapers there had decency and standards that would put The Sunday World to shame.

Need we say more?

TO BE MADE KNOWN WORLDWIDE

We say to those of you, from any part of the world, who read this true account of the campaign of vilification and injustice being shamelessly waged against Christina Gallagher and her mission, and the resulting danger to her life which it brings…we would be grateful for your opinions and efforts to enable us deal appropriately with it….Or do we have to wait until she is killed before any relevant justice authority investigates? Any fair-minded person can see the wrongdoing and the dangers ensuing, but no-one is seen to take any appropriate steps to confront such naked hatred and incitement which is against the laws of every civilised society and makes a farce of the Irish Constitution which states “every citizen is entitled to their good name and to their religious beliefs”.

Even among pagans and savages, one finds compassion, gentleness, honesty, decency and truthfulness.

The only traits we can identify in the tactics, publications and character of those seeking to destroy Christina Gallagher are mockery, lies, falsehood, coldness, lack of compassion, disregard for truth, ego and an insatiable hatred with lust to cause any level of pain at any price.

Such seems to be what the Sunday World desires…while Michael Garde and Jim Gallagher of the Sunday World follow gleefully.

It is regrettable that some unsuspecting Catholic schools permit…and even pay (!) Michael Garde to be allowed to address vulnerable youngsters and to peddle his misconceptions and prejudices. He is supported by a charitable trust, yet invites funds while also charging a fee to address classes of schoolchildren.

Perhaps some influential body may review this practice given the individual’s crude tactics and lack of credentials.

His inability to make the most basic distinction between a cult and the prayers of the Catholic Church says it all.

Despite the attacks of Jim Gallagher and Michael Garde via the Sunday World and despite the efforts of the tv3 programme, Saturday October 1 was a day of tremendous joy at the House of Prayer which was filled to capacity together with the surrounding areas. Several hundred young people from all over Ireland including many hundreds of people who attend weekly gathered to celebrate a most inspiring Day for Youth. The propaganda failed to inflict the damage its perpetrators intended but it only proves the strength of the Hand of God which is greater than the lies and deception traded through the tabloid attacks.

Attack on Fr McGinnity

As for the despicable attack on Fr McGinnity, we would point out that to recognise it for what it is -contrived, envious and malicious- one has only to recall his heroic stance as a ‘whistleblower’ to the inner Church authority while in the prestigious post of Senior Dean of the National Seminary, Maynooth. As a doctor of theology, spiritual author and well-known retreat director for priests and religious he was responsible for priestly formation there. His courageous approach to the bishops to ensure protection for seminarians who reported concerns to him in relation to another member of staff, were met with his dismissal from the prominent position he held and his being sent off to a remote assignment- a punitive manoeuvre which carried a loss of reputation. Meanwhile the staff-member reported was promoted by the bishops as president and a short time later resigned through having to make a financial settlement with a young student (in an arrangement not admitting liability).

The outrageous treatment inflicted upon Fr McGinnity by Church authority became widespread knowledge through The Ferns Inquiry and its subsequent report. However, as came out in all the newspapers, his demotion and humiliation by the Church did not end there. Not only did he receive no apology for the destruction of his life by the bishops’ action but the humiliation actually persisted -even seeking, fifteen years subsequently, to obstruct his appointment as parish priest and have him assigned, if possible, at the level of curate. This endeavour did not succeed. Yet the demotion of Fr McGinnity within the Church together with the attacks permitted outside the Church sadly indicate that the Church has done nothing to uphold him.

The resentment such a good man continues to face now -in this case from a handful of belligerent laity- surely only proves his holiness at a greater level. Those who ever see him in the depths of prayer and Mass can recognise this reality. If those who slander him knew even the first thing about spirituality, they would recognise his holiness. Two members of his family have been healed of cancer through the mission of Christina Gallagher. When the authority of such a person as Fr McGinnity is questioned and resented, despite a lifetime of endurance for upholding truth so powerfully to the bishops of the Church- a truth subsequently authenticated and confirmed by the state enquiry – it raises interesting questions about what is driving this attack.

Attack Upon the Spiritual Mission

In regard to the matter of attacks upon spiritual missions, research remarkably shows that the more powerful the work, the greater the attack. Studying the lives of the mystics who lived throughout the centuries of Church history, I have been invariably struck by this fact that the more significant the work given them to accomplish, the more extreme the attack upon it and upon them. Even to refer to some out of such a large number, we find such remarkable resemblances to the gratuitous attacks upon Christina…

In Cathleen Medwick’s well-known biography (1999) entitled Teresa of Avila: The Progress of a Soul , we read that when Teresa of Avila was pressing onwith the establishment of the houses of her foundation in Spain, she had left Villanueva after working hard to transform a hermitage into something resembling a convent and with her companions was passing through a small town where they stopped to visit the church. Teresa’s fame had gone before her -but not the truth about her, rather a poisonous defamation of her character. The townspeople were incited to hatred: they were outraged that she presumed to enter their church and they were becoming increasingly violent when Antonio (one of the men who was helping her) fended them off, allowing Teresa to reach her coach. Soon after she arrived at Toledo on that journey, she became seriously ill.

When Pope Benedict was canonising Mary McKillop in Rome on October 17, 2010, how many people realised that during her earthly lifetime, as she went about establishing the houses for her mission in Australia, she was actually excommunicated by Bishop Sheil of Adelaide on September 22, 1871? In his biography Blessed Mary MacKillop A Woman Before Her Time, a priest of the diocese of Adelaide, Fr.Modystack wrote in 1982, “It was sad that the sick Bishop had had his mind so poisoned by the malicious tongues of those who were supposed to be loyal, honest people that he should have reacted so unreasonably towards the Sisters” (page 62) (He accused her of disobedience when she could not accept his making himself superior and changing their rule as he chose. She was canonically entitled not to accept this imposition but he wronged her and expelled 43 sisters from his diocese when they chose not to accept the imposition. The following year, on his death-bed the bishop repented and withdrew the excommunication.). In his preface to the biography Archbishop James Gleeson of Adelaide remarks of his predecessors in that era (ie. bishop and priest-advisors), “It is even more difficult for us to understand how they could seemingly be so unjust and outrageous in their judgements and actions towards Mary MacKillop…

In his biography of Padre Pio (Padre Pio – Man of Hope, 2000, p.93) , Renzo Allegri remarks, “There is no doubt that Padre Pio suffered persecution during his entire life. He was defamed by vulgar accusations and accused of being a vile swindler. He died wihout ever having been officially rehabilitated.” He goes on to quote a homily of Cardinal Giacomo Lecaro commemorating Padre Pio after he had died. The Cardinal said, “Padre Pio’s resemblance to Christ shines out mainly in his suffering… In times of intense persecution (his world) was like the world of a prisoner… His life was a passion and the similarities to the suffering of our Saviour are all too evident, beginning with the unbelief and persecution of those who could have and should have been able to understand. Unfortunately, these poor souls, who felt threatened by such a pure and holy man, found a ready audience when they denounced the humble monk as a hypocritical exhibitionist, and denounced the charismatic gifts that evoked so much faith from his followers as deceptive and fraudulent.”

At least Christina, as she is subjected to the same vituperative treatment, is ‘in good company’, although she would never dream of considering herself worthy of sharing his rank.

Biographers of John Vianney such as Fr. Francis Trochu in his The Cure D’ARS when describing how he too was unjustly persecuted by way of slander and false accusation, notes how the works used to draw back souls in the greatest danger are sometimes “allowed by God to become victims of the vilest calumnies”. He describes how “John Vianney’s front door was splashed with dirt and night after night, under his windows stood a miserable creature insulting and reproaching him as if he had been guilty of leading a disorderly life. Apparently, he was to be spared no humiliation, no anguish of mind. Anonymous letters, full of venom were sent to his bishop… Not surprising that towards the end of his life, he one day remarked, ‘If on my arrival at Ars I had foreseen all that I was to suffer there, I would have died on the spot!'”

In Conclusion

God cannot bring about enormous miracles such as giving back life to a child medically certified dead in the womb,healing cancer of the pancreas, thyroid gland, liver,stomach,bladder,lung,breast,tongue and mouth, leukemia,rheumatoid arthritis, brain tumor, brain haemmorage, brain death, heart failure, multiple sclerosis, blindness, chronic asthma and countless other conditions leading to over 700 testimonies, including psychiatric and nevous healings, conversions, vocations to religious life and priesthood drawing such abundant fruitfuless from a tree that is not good! As Jesus says in the Gospel, “A bad tree cannot produce good fruit and a good tree cannot produce bad fruit. By their fruits you shall know them”.

Related Links:

Medically Inexplicable healings :

The healing and conversion of John Garbutt at the House of Prayer in Achill

The Healing of Kathleen O’Sullivan of pancreatic cancer after prayers with Christina Gallagher and Fr Gerard McGinnity at the House of Prayer in Achill

Doctor Says ‘A Miracle’ – The Healing of Jed Michael after meeting with Christina Gallagher

Hundreds of Conversions through Achill House of Prayer, prayers of Christina Gallagher and Fr Gerard McGinnity, and the matrix medal

Hundreds of Healings – Achill House of Prayer, and Christina Gallagher’s mission

Christina and the Church :

‘Why I Believe’ by Fr Gerard McGinnity Ph D

‘Proof Beyond Doubt’ by Fr Richard Foley SJ


JESUIT THEOLOGIAN “What Clinched My Conviction About Christina Gallagher” By Rev Richard Foley S.J. “

Among the huge number of priests from various parts of the world who have visited the House of Prayer Achill since it was first opened by Archbishop Cassidy on July 16th 1993 have been theologians who have given testimony of their experience and belief in Christina Gallagher and this work. A sample of such testimony is the following from a Jesuit theologian, writer and broadcaster in London, Rev Richard Foley S. J.

“What Clinched My Conviction About Christina Gallagher” By Rev Richard Foley S.J.” 

What think ye of Christina Gallagher? This question has stirred many a conscience as a result of the recent public statement on the subject of the Archdiocese of Tuam (note: this was the 1998 statement). It all focuses on the supernatural phenomena widely reported to surround her and the House of Prayer in Achill: are they or are they not authentic? The Archbishop has, as yet, given neither his final approval nor disapproval with regard to the supernatural element in the case. The key sentence in his statement reads: “The question, as far as competent ecclesiastical authority is concerned, remains open and unproven.”… But he very pointedly added that the door remains open to any further evidence that will vindicate the claims beyond all reasonable doubt. There are well-known close parallels, where the supernatural claims still remain undecided by the competent Church authorities and their wait-and-see stance could continue for a long time to come. Fatima, let us recall, had to wait some thirteen years before receiving formal Church approval. The Archbishop’s statement went on to affirm, in keeping with Canon Law, that Christina Gallagher and her “associates” enjoy the right, not only to believe in the supernatural phenomena, but, to state their belief to all and sundry. I must immediately declare myself to be one of the aforementioned “associates”, for I am fully convinced that Christina Gallagher has a special prophetic mission, reinforced by powerful charismatic gifts, to lead many souls, especially Irish souls, back to a true and authentic living of their Catholic faith in this confused world of ours.

“My First Visit” 

To begin at the beginning, my first visit to the House of Prayer Achill a few years ago was largely exploratory and look-see. Having been commissioned to write something aboutChristina Gallagher, I felt I ought to meet her beforehand and spend a few days in her House of Prayer – the house specifically set up by Christina Gallagher in Achill at Our Lady’s instigation, so she claims, for the sanctification of priests. That house certainly lives up to its name; it has a prayerful atmosphere, and much prayer, in fact, is done there not only by priests but even more, for priests, by the laypeople who flock there in such numbers. It is something of a spiritual power-house. The peace and radiance of the Eucharist is all-pervasive and the Mother of Divine Grace dispenses her largesse with a liberal hand. Indeed, she was good enough to mediate some very special graces for myself and my work. The same goes, I have reason to know, for many other priests who have been there.

“Inner Arena” 

What finally clinched my conviction about Christina Gallagher was her personal charism for reading souls. Though I had been informed that other priests had experience what I am about to describe, in the event it bowled me over. All this took place in the course of an interview I had requested of her as part of my three-day retreat. This modern-day mystic, in the course of the interview, saw into my interior life as if it were an open book. The scanty triumphs and numerous failures I had chalked up over the years since ordination were obviously crystal clear to her. She could survey my entire track record. She clearly possessed a sort of x-ray insight into my private world of conscience. She could witness within me the hidden arena, where, as is the case with everyone, moral warfare is waged non-stop between good and evil, light and darkness, God and Mammon. Christina finally gave some eminently sound practical advice as to how I could and should advance as a priest in the Lord’s service.

I hasten to add that throughout this interview, she was most respectful and tactful, going about her business as matter-of-factly as a nurse taking your temperature or reading your blood pressure. I subsequently felt an over-whelming peace come over me. And peace, as we learn from St. Ignatius, is a sure sign of the good spirit and the presence of God. Thus, at which might be called the spiritual level, I first experienced for myself the supernatural element in Christina Gallagher’s life. This element became for me even more strikingly evident at a physical level on seeing her bearing the stigmata. The wounded limbs of the Crucified are, as it were, replicated in her body, and the thorn-marks stand out starkly on her forehead. The suffering she undergoes is agonising; yet she offers it readily, indeed almost eagerly, in reparation for the sins of the world – especially for the sins of the world’s priests. When you consider the phenomena of the stigmata in the wider framework of Christina’s work, which is characterised by deep prayer, self-sacrifice, humility and submission to authority, total and unquestioning orthodoxy, a burning zeal for souls, and an ardent spirit of reparation, you realise you are dealing with the genuine article.

I came to the same conclusion when applying the simple litmus test prescribed by Our Lord for discerning between the authentic and the sham, “by their fruits you shall know them.” (Mt. 7,16) Indeed, Archbishop Neary paid Christina Gallagher a generous tribute in this connection, affirming that “she has been a force for good in the faith, prayer and lives of many people who have, in whatever manner, been associated or otherwise in contact with her.” What this amounts to saying is that, a superabundance of spiritual fruits have come through this humble Mayo housewife and mother of two. Many thousands of people have experienced a strengthening of faith just through seeing her or hearing her speak. As for her own faith, it is as solid and sound as the Chair of Peter itself. Certainly there is nothing in Christina’s spirituality of those watered-down and wishy-washy half-truths and heresies that liberal thinkers and publicists are spreading like poison among the ordinary faithful. Nor is anybody more aware than she that the Catholic faith is undergoing a serious crisis, in Ireland as elsewhere – and that not a few priests are among its victims. One particularly sad effect of this crisis is the significant absence of young people at Mass in many churches. It is with them that the ‘faith drain’ is at its most damaging and tragic. So worrying is the general situation, in fact, that a charism as powerful as Christina Gallagher’s is clearly needed to bring Ireland back to its former role, as a stronghold of faith and as a springboard for missionary outreach to the ends of the earth. Many healings have been reported through contact with Christina Gallagher and the House of Prayer Achill, all of which healings are a further manifestation of the fruits in question. Spiritual healings naturally take pride of place, and there have been a number of them, priests included. What happens is that those concerned receive the grace to see their lives in a new light and to keep close to God through prayer and the sacraments.

Many physical healings, too, have been reported. A remarkable recent case concerned a Dublin woman with a chronic heart problem. Despite a series of operations, it got so bad that a proposed heart transplant was ruled out as impossible. Then, in June of last year (1997) this woman, who had not been practicing the faith for years, accompanied her sister to the House of Prayer Achill, having first made her peace with God through confession. Christina prayed with her and the woman attended Mass. Then and there, the Eucharistic Jesus touched her life, and from that moment she started to recover. Specialists reported a sensational improvement in her heart condition and she can now walk as never before. What has also staged a remarkable improvement is her faith and prayer. Mass andt he Rosary now form the centrepiece of her life, and her one ambition is to ‘bring others to God.’

“The Future” 

I believe it is vitally important that Christina Gallagher’s crusade of prayer and reparation should reach out far and wide. For her charism has transformed the House of Prayer Achill into a beacon of faith and holiness to illumine the spiritual darkness that is fast enveloping Catholic life and culture in Ireland and throughout the western world. It is also vitally important that the House of Prayer Achill should continue to attract large numbers of visitors, so increasing the volume of prayer for priests – the Lord’s anointed, who are such key figures in maintaining and spreading God’s kingdom… The irony that aches and aches beneath her mission is that it is so widely misunderstood, misrepresented and rejected by those very men for whom it is primarily intended by the Mother of God. Christina is well aware of this; and indeed, it is one of the heaviest crosses God has asked her to carry. May the Queen of Peace and the Mother of Priests promote mightily the vital apostolate She herself has initiated on Achill Sound.”

Rev. Richard Foley, S. J., a Jesuit of British Province, obtained his Doctorate in Theology in Louvain, and taught there for a number of years. A prolific writer and broadcaster, he published various books, including “Mary and the Eucharist”.

Fr Foley wrote the foreward to Thomas Petrisko’s book about Christina Gallagher “The Sorrow, The Sacrifice, & The Triumph”

Related Links: 

Response to Media Attack on Christina Gallagher, Our Lady Queen of Peace House of Prayer and Fr McGinnity

Attack on the Spiritual Mission of Christina Gallagher by Fr Gerard McGinnity Ph D

‘Why I Believe’ by Fr Gerard McGinnity Ph D

Healings through Holy Water at the House of Prayer Achill

Conversions through House of Prayer Achill, Christina Gallagher and Fr McGinnity

Physical Healings through House of Prayer Achill and Christina Gallagher and Fr McGinnity

Healings and Conversions through the Matrix Medal, House of Prayer Achill, and Christina Gallagher 


“Reading the secrets of others’ hearts ; Father Gerard McGinnity relates his experience” – The Irish Times – July 21st 2003

Rev. Fr. Gerard Mc Ginnity, Doctor of Theology relates his experience in relation to Our Lady Queen of Peace House of Prayer Achill and Christina Gallagher to whom he is her spiritual director. The following is taken from an article printed in the Irish Times Newspaper in July 2003.

It is exactly ten years ago this month that Our Lady Queen of Peace House of Prayer at Achill was opened and dedicated for Mrs Christina Gallagher by the Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Joseph Cassidy as “An oasis of peace in a troubled world”. After I was first introduced to Mrs Gallagher five years previously, I sought personal and direct evidence of her genuineness. I got such proof in multiple ways that I was left no option but to help her in her work.

I always remember my first meeting with Mrs. Gallagher when she related to me-though a complete stranger to her- not only my personal past in great detail but several future events in my life which have since been unfolding with precision exactly as she predicted. I happened to be present at that time when she had an experience, I just thought I would like to test her by a question I had in my mind, before I had time to speak, she instantly turned and gave me the answer to what I had not yet asked!

Arising from my first meeting with her, I subsequently asked her prayers for a family member terminally ill with no hope of recovery. Mrs Gallagher promised to pray but added; “God will be greatly glorified in this.” A complete and instantaneous healing occurred which was entirely inexplicable to the medical consultants. In subsequent years, as her spiritual director, it would be quite normal for her to remark to me on the most private intentions for which I might be silently praying, private information of which no one could possibly be aware.

I have noted over the years that in her ministry to priests this gift of intimate knowledge is never sensational but a means of help. A Jesuit professor of theology, writer and broadcaster, Dr. Richard Foley of Farm Street Church, London, later wrote in a foreword to a book about her; “I had never met Christina Gallagher, though from what I had read and heard I was inclined to accept her as genuine. But what in the event completely convinced me of this was the extraordinary insight she displayed into my interior life, including my spiritual track record to date; that is, my memory-bank of triumphs and failures over the years in the Lord’s service.

In other words, this remarkable Irish woman demonstrated beyond any doubt that she possessed a sort of X-ray vision into my private world of conscience and moral striving. She could read the secrets of my heart. She could witness within me that hidden arena, where, as is the case of everyone, warfare is waged non-stop between good and evil, truth and falsehood, light and darkness. Though aware that other priests had a similar experience, I was nonetheless bowled over when Christina Gallagher proceeded to discern with clinical precision the weakness and strengths of my world within.

One young priest who had firmly decided to quit the priesthood travelled from England to Achill. He got such help from meeting Mrs Gallagher that he was strengthened to remain in the ministry. Although it is her prophesy of the destruction of the Twin Towers which is best known, that particular tragedy is only one of a number which Christina clearly warned in advance (e.g. the wars in Rwanda and Chechnya years before they occurred). A Canadian attorney and an American judge were flanking her as a group of us stood near the World Trade Centre on September 11th 1999. Judge Dan Lynch from Vermont subsequently wrote;

“Exactly two years before the attack on America on September 11th, 1999, I stood with Irish mystic Christina Gallagher in Battery Park, New York City, at the tip of Manhattan Island in the shadows of the World Trade Centre, as she raised her hand towards the Twin Towers and said “These will be destroyed”. I would note all such prophesies spoken by her at the time when she first declared them and publish them so that people could observe as they came to pass. Never did it happen that any such predication failed to be fulfilled. A doctor came to the House of Prayer on July 16th 1999, not for any spiritual reason but, as he himself later put it, because his elderly mother had requested him to bring her there for the day.

Only when he experienced at first hand, he said later, could he believe. That doctor’s own testimony was considered sufficiently noteworthy to be published in the Irish medical journal, Medicine Weekly. After his experience of seeing Mrs Gallagher he decided to check out some of the reported healings. To date he has investigated four which have proved to be beyond medical, scientific, or psychological explanation, with his fellow consultants going as far as to pronounce them “miracles”, an epithet rarely invoked in the domain of science.

It is because I have received at first hand the proof of these many and various happenings that I feel obliged to stand by Mrs Gallagher and this work. Otherwise I would be merely a hypocrite, for in my heart I know this can only be a work of God. What, may I ask, would you do if you experienced all of this? Apparitions have been accepted often by the Church, after appropriate examination. It is, I believe, our obligation to come with an open heart to such a phenomenon as this. To rule it out a priori without investigation would, of course, be both unscientific and unfair.

Apparition claims by other individuals

A number of persons had come to me over the years in the course of my pastoral duties and I felt obliged to investigate them and then, on discovering them not to be authentic, to guide them to deeper genuine prayer and send them on their way. Only in this case (i.e. Christina’s) do I find the church’s criteria to be fulfilled. By the same token I must add that, were I not in a position to vouch for so much of this work, I could hardly have imagined the degree of unfair criticism, rash judgement and twisted stories circulated about Mrs Gallagher and so readily believed by those who have never met her.

Father Gerard Mc Ginnity, a Doctor of Theology, is spiritual director to Mrs Christina Gallagher.

Related Links:
Christina Gallagher – “Proof Beyond Doubt” by Theologian Fr Richard Foley
Fr McGinnity – Spiritual Director of Christina Gallahger
Voice of Our Lady’s Pilgrims – House of Prayer Achill
Official Website of Christina Gallagher – www.christinagallagher.org