Homilies and Addresses

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at the Grotto, Lourdes

I have been coming to Lourdes for over forty years and, today, I saw something that I never noticed before. Just on your left, after you come in St. Joseph’s gate, there is a sign which says: “This tree is classified as one of the most beautiful trees in the Department”. I looked up and,...

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Edward Flanagan – The Heart of the Shepherd

Talk by Bishop Kevin Doran at Father Flanagan Conference Roscommon Library, 24th August 2017 as part of Heritage Week Over the past few years, since I came to the Diocese of Elphin, I have been surprised at how few people know about Fr. Edward Flanagan. Perhaps I shouldn’t be all that surprised because, although I had...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at Knock Novena 2017

Making our Families Christian Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran, Knock Novena, 20th August 2017 When we were children growing up in Dun Laoghaire, our next door neighbours were an elderly couple by the name of Bennet. He was Bill, but for some reason, she was just Mrs. Bennett. My grandmother, who came from Protestant stock...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin at Diocesan Celebration of Jubilee of Marriages

This day last week I was walking the Camino with a group of young people. Some walked faster than others. Some got blisters on their feet. Each day was about twenty kilometres, but we broke it up into stages and we stopped to re-group at the end of each stage, partly as a way of...

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Bishop Kevin celebrates Mass with students and staff of St Aloysius’ College

Bishop Kevin celebrated Mass with the students and staff of St Aloysius’ College, Athlone on Monday 15th May 2017, to mark the end of the school year.   “We have arrived at the end of another school year”, Bishop Kevin said, “and I am very conscious that this is a time of significant change. I...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran At a Mass to Celebrate St Joseph’s College, Athlone

I am delighted to be with you for Mass this afternoon to celebrate St. Joseph’s Summerhill. It is a mark of how much the College means to so many people that such a large number of past-pupils and members of the local community were here to spend time together during the course of the afternoon....

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Homily of Bishop Kevin on the Occasion of the Establishment of the new Community of Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother.

Homily of Bishop Kevin on the Occasion of the Establishment of the new Community of Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother. Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon, 13th May 2017   Acojo calurosamente la Madre Ana Maria Campo, superiora general de las Siervas del Hogar de la Madre, y a Don Raffael Alonso Reymundo fundador...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin for Easter Sunday

  Over the past few days, as I prepared for this Easter celebration, something caught my attention. The word “witness” is used five times in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Obviously it is significant. Peter and Paul, John, Mary of Magdala and Luke are all witnesses. The Gospel tells us that...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin at Easter Vigil

Our daily life is a continuous cycle of endings and beginnings. Winter turns into Spring. Autumn fades into Winter. Every ending is a new beginning. Fashions change, ideologies are abandoned, and walls crumble, only to be replaced by others, which may be interesting in their own way, but are just as temporary as those that...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin at Mass of Chrism 2017

A few weeks ago, I sat down one evening with my sister to watch a DVD. The movie is called Wit and it stars Emma Thompson. It is the story of a Professor of English, who discovers her own vulnerability when she has to undergo chemotherapy for Ovarian cancer. The treatment of cancer seems to...

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