The Graan Monastery in Enniskillen is gearing up to host its annual Novena of Hope beginning this weekend (March 2) until March 11.

The Novena - a nine-day period of prayer - symbolises the resilience of the human spirit in times of hardship, aiming to instil a sense of optimism and courage among the faithful.

One of the central themes of this year's Novena of Hope is the recognition of the numerous global issues facing society, from environmental crises to social injustices and conflicts.

In light of these challenges, the Novena aims to provide a space for individuals to come together in solidarity and prayer, fostering a sense of hope and unity.

The Novena will feature a range of speakers, each bringing their unique perspectives and insights to the event.

Fr. Charles Cross, the current Superior of the Graan Monastery, will open the Novena at each of the Masses during the weekend, offering his guidance and wisdom to the congregation.

On Monday, March 4, Carol Barry, a lecturer at Dublin City University and an experienced Retreat Director, will share her insights on spirituality and Sacred Scripture.

Fr. Aidan Troy, a Passionist priest, will lead the community in celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Tuesday, March 5.

With more than 50 years of experience in ministry, including missions, retreats, and parish work in Holy Cross Ardoyne, St. Joseph's Mission Anglophone, Paris, Fr. Troy will offer a unique perspective on forgiveness and reconciliation.

Wednesday, March 6 will feature Gerard Gallagher, the Interim Secretary General of AMRI (Association of Missionary and Religious Leaders Ireland).

He has worked with the Catholic Church for more than 30 years, focusing primarily on youth and young adults, and his expertise in youth ministry and evangelisation will provide valuable insights into the role of faith in modern society.

Rev. David Latimer, a retired Presbyterian Minister, will speak on Thursday, March 7, about building friendships within different communities.

His work for peace in the city of Derry, as detailed in his memoir, ‘A Leap of Faith: How Martin McGuiness and I Worked Together for Peace’, makes him a respected voice in the dialogue on reconciliation and community-building.

Don Mullan, a humanitarian, author, and filmmaker, will speak on the beauty of our planet on Friday, March 8.

His work with the United Nations and his advocacy for environmental causes highlight the importance of stewardship and sustainability in today's world.

The bestselling author, filmmaker, concept developer and humanitarian's book, 'Eyewitness Bloody Sunday' (1997), was a primary catalyst for the second Bloody Sunday Public Inquiry - a tragedy he witnessed as a schoolboy.

John Pridmore, a former London East End gangster turned Christian missionary, will speak on all Novena services on March 9 and 10.

His personal journey from a life of crime to one of faith and service is a powerful testament to the transformative power of hope and redemption.

The Novena will conclude on Sunday, March 10, with a talk by Gerry Farrell, a psychotherapist and dramatist from Sligo.

His work in mental health and his exploration of psychological themes in his plays add a unique perspective to the Novena's theme of hope and healing.

The Days of the Sick will take place on the Wednesday and Saturday afternoons of the Novena at 2.30pm.

There will be the anointing of the sick and prayers for healing during a special Mass for their intentions.

To facilitate the days for the sick, the first session of the Novena on Wednesday, 6 March and Saturday, 9 March, will be at 11am.