Profile of Bishop Elect Fr. Kevin Doran

Life and Ministry of Bishop Kevin Doran

Kevin P Doran was born on 26 June 1953 to parents Joseph Doran and Marie Brady (both died in 2002).  He has two siblings Colette and Patricia.  He began his seminary formation from 1970 – 1974 in Holy Cross Seminary, Dublin, and from 1974 – 1977 in the Pontifical Irish College, Rome.  Father Kevin was ordained a Deacon on 6 May 1976 in the Pontifical Irish College by the late Bishop Dominic Conway (former Bishop of Elphin from 1971 - 1996) in Rome, and was ordained a priest on 6 July 1977 by Bishop Patrick Dunne, in Our Lady of Victories Church, Sallynoggin, Dublin.

Bishop Doran attended University College Dublin, from 1971- 1974 was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and French.  He attended Pontifical Gregorian University 1974 – 1977, STB Theology, University College, Dublin, 1985 – 1987, MA, Philosophy, Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Rome) 1991-1995, PhD, Philosophy.

Positions held by Bishop Doran 

  • 1977 – 1980, Catechist/Chaplain, Ringsend Technical Institute, Dublin City VEC , 
  • 1980 – 1983; Diocesan Education Secretariat (Advisor VEC Schools)
  • 1980 – 1990; Occasional Teacher of Midwifery Ethics, Coombe Womens’ Hospital, 
  • 1983 - 1990 Chaplain, University College Dublin, 
  • 1990 - 1995 Spiritual Director, Pontifical Irish College, Rome, Irish Episcopal Conference; 
  • 1995 – 1998 Curate, Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock (Dublin), 
  • 1995 - 2001 Lecturer (Philosophy & Catholic Social Teaching) Mater Dei Institute of Education, 
  • 1995 – 2003,  Occasional Teacher of Midwifery Ethics, National Maternity Hospital, 
  • 1996 – 2011 Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Bioethics, (Secretary) Irish Episcopal Conference, 
  • 1997 – 2012 Member, Ethics Committee Saint Vincent’s Psychiatric Hospital, 
  • 1998 – 2006 Diocesan Director of Vocations; 
  • 1998 – 2005 Parish Chaplain, Saint Anthony’s, Clontarf,
  • 2000 – 2006 National Co-ordinator for Diocesan Vocations , Irish Episcopal Conference,
  • 2001 - 2007 Lecturer (Philosophy, & Catholic Social Teaching) Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy.
  • 2001 – 2013 Member, Board of Governors Mater Misericordiae and Childrens’ University Hospital,
  • 2001 - 2013 Member, Board of Directors Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, 
  • 2003 – 2006 Coordinator, European Vocations Service (EVS) Elected (approved CCEE) 
  • 2005 – 2013 Consultor, Congregation for Catholic Education, 
  • 2005 – 2009 Parish Priest (Saint Kevin’s, Glendalough); 
  • 2008 - Director, Permanent Diaconate Programme, Archdiocese of Dublin
  • 2009 – 2012 Parish Chaplain (Saint Vincent de Paul, Marino), 
  • 2008 – 2012 Secretary General, 50th International. Eucharistic Congress
  • 2013 - 2014 Administrator, Sacred Heart Parish, Donnybrook, Dublin 4


Bishop Emeritus Christopher Jones - A Profile

bishop-jonesChristopher Jones was born in Rathcroghan, Co. Roscommon March 3rd 1936. He is the second youngest of a family of eleven. He was educated at Summerhill College, Sligo and St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and was ordained to the priesthood on 21st June, 1962.

In 1962-1963 he taught part-time in St. Muredach’s College, Ballina, while studying for a Higher Diploma in Education at UCG.

He returned to teach at Summerhill College, Sligo in 1965. In 1971 he spent over a year as Archivist at St. Mary’s, Sligo, while also serving as Chaplain of St. Columba’s Hospital, Sligo. In 1972-1973 he studied for a Social Science Diploma at UCD.

In 1973 he returned as first director of Sligo Social Services Centre where he served until his appointment as Administrator of the Cathedral parish in 1987. During that period he also served as spiritual director to the students of Summerhill College from 1973-1978 and afterwards as Curate at Rosses Point, Sligo. For much of this time he also worked as diocesan vocations director. He served for many years as chairperson of the National Council for Travelling People and is the advisor to the Minister for the Environment on matters relating to the accommodation of Travelling People. Canon Jones’ appointment as Bishop of the diocese was announced on March 24th 1994

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