As Bloom walks into the nave of St. Andrew's he sees "Something going on: some sodality." A hint to the sense of this arcane word is suggested a few sentences later: "Women knelt in the benches with crimson halters round their necks, heads bowed. A batch knelt at the altarrails." Catholic sodalities are fraternal organizations (Latin sodalis = companion, fellow, comrade, member) formed for purposes of devotion, charity, evangelism, and/or mutual assistance.

John Hunt 2022

Sodality banners displayed in the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Bray, County Wicklow, date unknown. Source:

A recently made banner of the Sodality of Our Lady.