New Dawn

Myles Dempsey

Myles’ vision from God for New Dawn is to bring together all the riches of the Catholic Faith. He comments, “I want the beauty of the Church to be seen in all her splendour; the Church with all its lights on and all its aspects celebrated – the charismatic, the liturgical, the Marian, the Eucharistic, the Sacramental, the Mystical – and for the whole family to be there.”

“For me New Dawn is a foretaste of what a charismatic village might be with its own life and identity, where people of all ages can relate to each other in love and where the structure facilitates the Kingdom of God and can be made visible in the lives of people. It’s an embodiment of the vision of Zechariah 8:4-7. ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts; old men men and women, each with staff in hand because of old age, shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem. The city shall be filled with boys and girls playing in her streets. Thus says the Lord of hosts. Even if this should seem impossible in the eyes of the remnant of this people, shall it in those days be impossible in my eyes also, says the Lord of hosts?'”

“I am convinced that in the near future we are going to see the Lord acting in a much more remarkable way – that something new is coming. I relate this to a word I received in 1973 soon after I first came into Charismatic Renewal. I was marvelling at what I saw God doing and I felt him say ‘You will see the day when I will bring people tumbling in to my Church’. I think we are going through a time of cleansing and purification at the moment, like Gideon’s army. But this is so we will be able to receive a much more mighty grace. I feel we must get new wineskins ready for this – get the right structures in place.”

Gary Stephens

On the memorial of St. Philip Neri, 26th May 2018 Myles, after many months of prayer, discernment and discussion, formally appointed Gary Stephens as his successor, to lead the Prince of Peace Community and all of its activities, including New Dawn.

In a moving moment at his hospital bedside, witnessed by two long-serving Priests of New Dawn (one of whom is a Trustee of the Community), in true Biblical fashion Myles laid hands on Gary passing on the ‘Mantle’ as head of the Prince of Peace Community and the New Dawn Conference. This momentous occasion was video recorded by a family member. Three days before his death, Myles said to Gary: “I have laid the foundations, now build the building”.

Gary and Myles have much in common: Gary’s father was born a short distance from the house where Myles grew up in Kilmeauge. Gary’s grandfather served in the Irish Army at the Curragh (County Kildare) at the same time as Myles. Both Gary and Myles were keen sports men: Myles taught fellow soldiers the art of unarmed combat, whilst Gary, an ex-amateur boxer, is qualified as a Level 1 England Boxing Coach.

Gary and his wife Joanne have seven children and six grandchildren. At the age of 25 Gary encountered the love of God the Father in a deeper way through his brother-in-law Chris McGuiness (R.I.P). Consequently, Gary was Baptised in the Holy Spirit and became involved in Evangelisation and teaching the Catholic Faith. He spent 5 years in Australia working for the late Bishop Joe Grech as the national Co-ordinator of the Melbourne School of Evangelisation delivering Evangelisation programmes across Melbourne and other parts of Australia. Gary returned from Australia in 2007, beginning his relationship with Myles and the Prince of Peace Community.