Interested in becoming a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Elphin?


The Diocese of Elphin is now accepting final applications from married and single men who may feel called to the ministry of a Permanent Deacon. The four year part time training programme will begin in November 2012.

For further information or a conversation around the topic please contact the Director of the Permanent Diaconate, St Mary’s Sligo on 071 9162670 or visit

Closing date for applications will be Friday October 19th 2012.

Pope Benedict XVI calls on the universal church to mark “The Year of Faith”

It will run from Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013. Announcing this special year with the Moto Proprio “Porta Fidei” the Pope said that the Year of Faith:


“is a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the one Saviour of the world. In the mystery of his death and resurrection, God has revealed in its fullness the Love that saves and calls us to conversion of life through the forgiveness of sins (cf. Acts 5:31). For Saint Paul, this Love ushers us into a new life: “We were buried ... with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Rom 6:4). Through faith, this new life shapes the whole of human existence according to the radical new reality of the resurrection. To the extent that he freely cooperates, man’s thoughts and affections, mentality and conduct are slowly purified and transformed, on a journey that is never completely finished in this life. “Faith working through love” (Gal 5:6) becomes a new criterion of understanding and action that changes the whole of man’s life (cf. Rom 12:2; Col 3:9-10; Eph 4:20-29; 2 Cor 5:17).”

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'Building Catholic Ireland' is a research project underway the School of Histories and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin since 2011.

Candidates for the Permanent Diaconate Receive Acolyte during a Successful Summer School

Over two extended weekends, from the first until the tenth of June last, candidates for the Permanent Diaconate, their wives and families took part in the 2011/12 Summer School at St Angela’s College as part of their formation programme.

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