Homilies and Addresses

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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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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