Press Release


19th November 2014
Launch of Bishop Kevin Doran’s First Pastoral Letter “A Future Full of Hope”

Bishop Kevin Doran today published a Pastoral Letter called “A Future Full of Hope”. The focus of the pastoral letter is the shared contribution of parents, teachers, schools and parishes in the education of children including their education in faith. The title of the pastoral letter is taken from the prophet Jeremiah. In a time of great social and political unrest, Jeremiah, speaking in the name of God, says: “I know the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for disaster! plans to give you a future full of hope.”

Speaking to a gathering of parents, teachers and children at Scoil na n-Aingeal Naofa, Boyle , Bishop Kevin said: “As Christians, we believe in a God who is good and who, by inviting us into relationship with Him, not only promises us happiness in the next life, but gives a purpose to our existence here and now, which can transform the way we live our lives and the way we participate with one another in society”.

Bishop Kevin Doran's Pastoral Letter

A Future Full of Hope - Launch of Bishop Kevin's Pastoral Letter on Education

Bishop Kevin Doran has launched his first Pastoral Letter.  You can download a copy of the pastoral letter here

Address of Bishop Kevin Doran to mark the Centenary of Cliffoney Primary School

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 

I am delighted to be with you this morning to celebrate the centenary of Cliffoney Primary School.

Every September for one hundred years, this school has welcomed a new group of junior infants. These “junior infants” were your mothers and fathers, your aunts and uncles and even your grandparents. Alongside all of those children there have been all the teachers and the parents. This school has been an integral part of the life of this community and has helped to form the community.

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at Mass for the Initiation of the 5th Centenary of the Birth of St Teresa of Avila

St. Teresa’s Church, Clarendon Street, Dublin
15th October 2014

St. Teresa of Avila tends to be associated in the minds of many people, with mystical experiences, with great spiritual struggles and with consola¬tions in prayer. This image of her is true, but even a casual glance at her letters makes it clear that she was also a very practical woman. While living an enclosed contemplative life, she was actively concerned with the well-being of the sisters in monasteries spread across Spain, and she was not by any means removed from the concerns of the world around her, outside the monastery. I must say that has always been my experience of her sisters in Ireland and elsewhere. In keeping with the charism of Carmel, their contemplative life is not removed from what the Second Vatican Council would call "the joys and the hopes, the grief and the anguish" of the people of our time. (Gaudium et Spes, 1)

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