Firstly, my apologies for the disappearance of Praedicare during the last year. The reasons have been many and varied but suffice to say - we're back.

It has been a momentuous year for DCY. We have met and welcomed many new people to us and on the other hand we have said goodbye to some who are very dear to us.

To those who have joined us we bid you a huge welcome. At the same time we must also acknowledge those to whom we have said goodbye. To Paul O'Shea, Patrick Burke, Gavin Byrne, Ian Callanan, Coleen McCann, Sharon Coady, Ian McLoughlin and Brendan Conlon we send our best wishes as you begin a new chapter in your lives.

Although there is a sense of sadness and loss in our hearts, we know and believe that you will continue the Lord's work on your respective journeys.

This issue of Praedicare welcomes some new contributers to our ranks. Tom Casey OP gives us a reflection on "searching diligently for the child" . We have the first part of a two-part article by Fiona Mc Sorley OP on "with Christ towards the millenium". We also include the talk given by Pilar del Barrio OP during our National Weekend in Cork.

Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish you a happy and holy Christmas and a very peaceful New Year.

God Bless