Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter, 'Laudato Si'

Pope Francis' Encyclical Letter on the Care of Our Common Home, 'Laudato Si'

The title of this Encyclical, 'Laudato Si', taken from the opening words of St Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of the Creatures" captures one of the themes to which Pope Francis returns on a number of occasions in the encyclical, namely the fact that created nature tends to open up in us a spirit of wonder and awe in God's presence (#11, #85) bringing with it the invitation to praise God, not only in prayer but also in the way in which we live in "our common home". 

You can download a copy of the Encyclical here 

Read Bishop Kevin Doran's summary on the Encyclical here

 Pope Francis

Jubilee Celebrations 2015

Jubilee Celebrations in the Diocese of Elphin took place on Thursday 28th May 2015 in St Patrick’s Church, Cloverhill.  Diamond Jubilee, 60 years of priesthood - Fr Seamus Cox and Fr Peadar Lavin.  Golden Jubilee, 50 years of priesthood – Canon Ciaran Whitney, Canon Kevin Earley, Fr Brian Conway and Fr Pat O’Toole.  Silver Jubilee, 25 years of priesthood – Fr Jim Murray and Fr Christopher Byrnes.  Congratulations to them all!  

2015 Jubilarian Group
Front Row L- R: Fr Christopher Byrnes (Silver), Fr Jim Murray (Silver), Bishop Kevin Doran, Fr Peadar Lavin (Diamond), Fr Pat O'Toole (Golden). Back Row L-R: Canon Ciarán Whitney (Golden), Canon Kevin Earley (Golden), Fr Brian Conway (Golden). Missing from the photo is Fr Seamus Cox (Diamond). (Photo: Clare Frances Photography)

Welcome for New Principal at Summerhill College, Sligo

The Board of Management of the College of the Immaculate Conception, Summerhill, Sligo has announced the appointment of Mr Paul Keogh as Principal.Paul Keogh

Mr Keogh is a native of Sligo and a past student of Summerhill College. He is a graduate of IT Sligo, GMIT, UCD and St Angela’s College/NUI Galway. He is a teacher of Religious Education, Business Studies, Accountancy and Social, Personal and Health Education. Since joining the staff of the College, he has developed the first lay-led college chaplaincy service and has been pivotal in the development of the college’s pastoral care structures along with initiatives to promote positive mental health. He has also been at the forefront of developing and leading various youth ministry initiatives at both a national and international level. For the last year Mr Keogh has filled the role of Acting Principal at the College.

Welcoming the appointment of Mr Keogh as the new Principal the College’s Board of Management “congratulated Mr Keogh and wished him well as he prepares to lead the College in to the future as a place where educational excellence is found in a truly caring environment.”

Responding to his appointment Mr Keogh said: “As a past student of the college, I am honoured to have been giving the opportunity to serve the college community as Principal. I am really looking forward to working with my colleagues on the staff, the students and their parents and indeed the wider Summerhill family to build on the significant progress we have achieved over the last number of years.”

Pastoral Statement of Bishop Kevin Doran on the Marriage Referendum

"When the Time comes, you will Receive the Holy Spirit and you will be my Witnesses" (Acts 1:8)

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Dear sisters and brothers in Christ. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. It is, in a sense an ending. It also marks the beginning of our mission as Church in the concrete circumstances of the world in which we live. Next Friday we vote in the referendum on the meaning of Marriage. In that context, I think it is worth drawing your attention to the conversation between Jesus and his disciples, as recorded by St. Luke in this Sunday's reading from the Acts of the Apostles. The disciples wondered, now that Jesus had risen, if He was going to "restore the kingdom to Israel". In other words, was He going to intervene directly in the political affairs of the nation. As often happens, Jesus comes at the question from another angle. He simply tells them, "when the time comes, you will receive power from the Holy Spirit and you will be my witnesses". That is precisely my message to you today.

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