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Barbara Dickson to speak of importance of her Catholic faith

Singing star, Barbara Dickson will speak of importance of her Catholic faith at the Little Way Novena in Derry.
Seamus McKinney

SINGER Barbara Dickson is to speak about the importance of her Catholic faith at a Novena in Derry.

The Scottish singer recorded four UK top 20 hits in the 1970s and 1980s, including Caravan Song and January, February.

She is one of six speakers who have agreed to take part in the annual Little Way Novena at St Eugene's Cathedral in Derry in honour of St Thérèse of Lisieux.

She will be joined by artist, Andrew White and Catholic priest Fr Pat Collins who has spoken recently about his work as an exorcist. Other speakers Church of Ireland Archdeacon Robert Miller as well Newcastle-based youth worker, Mel Lawless.

St Thérèse died in 1897 at the age of 24. Her relics have been brought to Ireland on two occasions in the last 18 years, each time drawing thousands of people.

A spokesman for St Eugene's said the Cathedral administrator, Fr Paul Farren contacted Ms Dickson after hearing how important her Catholic faith was to her and how it had sustained her through her life.

"The Novena is well established and Fr Farren explained to her how important it was and she agreed to come over,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman said it was hoped Ms Dickson, who will address Thursday evening's service (7.30pm) will also sing.

Well established in Derry, the Little Flower Novena opened with Mass for the sick on Saturday with Bishop Donal McKeown addressing evening prayer on Sunday.

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