Homilies and Addresses

Homily of Bishop Kevin for the Solemnity of Saint Patrick

If a historian were to come to Ireland in another thousand years, to study the origins of the St. Patrick’s Festival, she would find that it started out as a religious festival. It was a celebration of faith. Over the centuries it has grown into a celebration of Irish culture and nationhood. I suppose the...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin for World Day of the Sick 2017

World Day of the Sick – Saturday February 11th 2017, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran  Behind many hall-doors in our parish and throughout the length and breadth of our Diocese, there are people who are sick; men and women, young and old; and more children than you might imagine....

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Catholic Schools Week – Homily of Rev Dr Michael Duignan EV

Opening of Catholic Schools Week Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo Sunday 29th January 2017 Homily of Rev Dr Michael Duignan, Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation As parents, as teachers, as a faith community – as educators of our children – this year Catholic Schools Week challenges us to place at the heart of...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin for the Feast of the Epiphany

Epiphany – a Celebration of the Nations  Homily of Bishop Kevin Friday 6th January 2017, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Ireland and Israel have a good deal in common. They are both small countries with a history of emigration. Like the Irish, the Jewish people are to be found in every corner of the earth....

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Homily of Bishop Kevin for 50th World Day of Peace 2017

Fiftieth World Day of Peace January 1st 2017 Homily of Bishop Kevin, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo The Gospel reading today tells us that Mary “treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart”. This morning, as we stand at the threshold of a new year, we are invited, like Mary, to ponder...

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Christmas Message of Bishop Kevin Doran 2016

One of the highlights of this year for me was the publication of “The Joy of Love” by Pope Francis. In this letter of encouragement he reflects on the practical challenges of family life against the background of the hope that God keeps in his heart for every person and every family. Pope Francis invites...

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Feast of St Columbanus

On Monday 21st November, Bishop Kevin was invited to celebrate Mass to mark the feast of St Columbanus in San Colombano Al Lambro near Milan.  Bishop Kevin’s homily and a selection of photographs are below.     Journeys of Faith, Hope and Love; The Inspiration of St. Columbanus Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran  In these days when,...

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Bishop Kevin’s homily at Mass on Graduation Day for students of St Angela’s College, Sligo

Bishop Kevin’s homily at Mass on the day of graduation for students of St Angela’s College, Sligo 4th November 2016, St John’s Church, Carraroe The word “graduation”, as you probably know, comes from the word “step”. Today you take an important step forward when you receive your degree. This will be reflected symbolically when you...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin at the Legion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock

Our Little Brother at the Gate Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at Knock Shrine Pilgrimage of the Legion of Mary, Sept 25th 2016 As I read the words of the prophet Amos during the week, I was reminded of something Pope Francis said to the young pilgrims at World Youth Day in Krakow. He encouraged...

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Homily at the Solemn Profession of Vows of Sr. Mary Olivia Kelly

Homily at the Solemn Profession of Vows of Sr. Mary Olivia Kelly, Carraroe, Sligo at the Carmelite Community in Knock, 3rd September 2016 Homily of Fr. Jim Murray, Carraroe In scripture we remember Peter addressing Jesus on Mount Tabor, “Lord it is good for us to be here”. Olivia today it is good for us...

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