Elphin Primary Schools Introduction to Bishop Kevin Doran
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Interview with Bishop Kevin Doran
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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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Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran on the Feast of St Joseph the Worker

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran on the Feast of St Joseph the Worker

 

Today, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, the Church invites us to see Joseph as someone who, through his energy and the use of his skills, gave added value to raw material and, in so doing, fulfilled himself as a person and provided for the needs of his family. Today, whether the worker is a woman or a man, and whether the “raw material” is to be thought of in terms of materials like wood or electronic data, or service given to people, the Church invites us to celebrate the fruitfulness of human work, for the worker, for his or her family and for the common good of society.

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Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at Knock Shrine

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran
Second Sunday of Easter, 12th April 2015
Knock Shrine, Co Mayo

There is a lot of emphasis these days on equality and that, in some ways, makes it difficult for us to understand, or indeed to accept, mercy.  Mercy, of its very nature, is given and received in situations of inequality. Mercy is about reaching down and lifting someone up. It is those who are strong and secure and good who exercise mercy to those who are weak, vulnerable and sometimes undeserving. The Scriptures present us with an image of God whose very nature is to be merciful. His mercy is expressed in the various covenants he makes with his people, in the way he sends the prophets to them to draw them back into right relationship with him and, especially in the way he sends his own Son.

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