A Christmas fast by a priest of Wexford parish and his Church of Ireland counterpart has raised €36,000 in just four days, with more donations still coming in.
The administrator of Wexford cathedral, Fr Jim Fegan carried out his 14th
Christmas fast this year with Rev. Arthur Minions, who was a
first-timer, outside St Iberius Church in Wexford town in the four days
up until Christmas Eve.
Fr Fegan told The Irish Catholic the generosity of the Wexford people
was “amazing” and that he was particularly heartened by the number of
young people who dug into their own pockets to donate money to the
“We got a real sense that although times are bad, people are
conscious that it is worse for others and they want to contribute and
look beyond themselves to the bigger picture,” he said.
Fr Fegan said the bulk of this year’s donations will go to the St
Vincent de Paul, “who are under huge pressure at the moment” and four or
five local charities such as the Wexford Women’s refuge and Oznam
The tradition of the combined fast dates back to 1998, when Fr Fegan
joined Rev. Norman Ruddock for his annual Christmas fast as a sign of
ecumenical solidarity in advance of the Week of Prayer for Christian
Over the last 14 years the initiative has raised over €500,000
for various charities in the area.