Fr Robert McCabe is Chaplain with 43 Infantry Group serving with UNDOF on the Golan Heights. He is well known to many people in the Diocese of Meath, not least of all for his work on various communications projects and social media.

Click here for a photo album which he has compiled for the families and friends of the Irish Defence Forces troops serving in Syria. As Fr Robert explains, the troops are serving in an area “formerly under the direction of Quirinius at the time of Caesar Augustus!” (cf. Lk. 2:1-2).

In a message home, Fr Robert would “like to send my Christmas good wishes to my parents Brian and Angela in Kinnegad and to my family and friends in different parts of the world especially in Australia, France, Italy, UK and the US. I’d also like to send my good wishes to the parishioners and school children in Stamullen, Julianstown and Gormanston. Many of the locals here ask for prayers for their communities in Syria and for families and friends who have moved to Lebanon and Jordan.”

Fr Robert’s photos are accompanied by an emotional note home to their families who will spend Christmas in Ireland.

Messages for wives, parents, kids, girlfriends and families are added as they smile for their loved ones at home.

They are currently serving in the Golan Heights, Syria and, as snowflakes are already falling, are confident they’ll experience a white Christmas.

This Christmas will see 416 personnel serving overseas in 15 missions across 20 different countries including Mali, Lebanon, Syria, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.