The Pioneer Movement

The Pioneer Movement (The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association of the Sacred Heart) was founded by Fr James Cullen S.J. in 1898 to address the problem of Alcohol abuse which was rampant in Irish Society at that time and to spread devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Fr Cullen recognized that it was only through devotion to the Sacred Heart that the scourge of alcohol abuse could be overcome.The Pioneer Association has, over the years, spread throughout the world and its membership is continually growing in countries like Africa and Latin America.

Those who become full members of the Pioneers make a commitment to abstain from alcohol for life. This represents a sacrifice by which great graces are obtained from God for those people suffering from the abuse of alcohol.

At present there are 5 membership categories:

1. Permanent Pioneer
A person who is 16 years or over and has not taken any alcoholic drink for one year may be enrolled in this category.

2. Juvenile Pioneer (8-11 Years Old)
Juvenile Pioneers are children aged 8 and upwards who, with the consent of their parents, take a pledge of total abstinence from alcoholic drink until 18 years of age.

3. Young Pioneers (12 years upwards)
Young Pioneers are 12 years and over. Sometimes those who have taken the Confirmation Pledge opt to join this section.

4. Temporary Pioneer (Adult)
Temporary members are adults of moderate drinking habits who wish to become Pioneers. Admission to Permanent Membership depends upon completing one year of total abstinence.

5. Limited Period Pledge
This pledge of total abstinence is taken by a person for the period of his/her own choice. It may be renewed as frequently as desired.

Parish contacts: Please contact the sacristy or the Parish office.  
Further information is on the Website of the Pioneers Abstinence Association: