Marriage and the Common Good

Marriage and the Common Good
Address by Bishop Kevin Doran given at Iona Institute event, Roscommon, 27th November 2014 

The Good and the Common Good

One of my favourite spare-time activities is hill-walking. Usually I go with a friend but, from time to time over the years, I have organised pilgrim walks on St. Kevin's Way, which crosses the Wicklow Gap from Holywood to Glendalough. In the beginning I used to remind people to bring a “good pair of shoes”, but I very quickly realised that everybody has his or her own idea of what that means. In the mountains, that can make life difficult. Mostly, when we use the word “good” it is related in some way to the nature of the thing and the purpose for which the thing is intended. There are shoes for dancing; there are shoes for tennis. They are good, but they are not good for long walks in the hills.

I have been asked to talk about Marriage and the Common Good. Maybe I could just suggest that, somewhere in the back of your mind, you might hold onto that idea that “goodness” is in some way related to “nature” and to “purpose”.[1]

Diocesan Appointments

Diocesan Appointments

Bishop Kevin Doran has accepted the resignation of Mgr. Gerard Dolan as Diocesan Secretary, Chancellor and Vicar General of the Diocese of Elphin. Mgr. Dolan has served as Diocesan Secretary since 1980 and as Vicar General since 2002. In a statement issued on Thursday 27th November, Bishop Kevin paid tribute to Mgr. Dolan’s wise counsel and his intimate knowledge of the diocese, together with his unfailing gentleness and good humour. Mgr. Dolan’s resignation will take effect from Sunday 30th November. Mgr. Dolan remains Parish priest of Rosses Point. He also holds the office of Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of St. Columbanus

Bishop Kevin has made the following appointments:
• Fr. Micheál Donnelly, CC Castlerea (Kilkeevan), to be also Administrator of the parish of Fairymount – Tibohine (effective 8th Nov.)
• Fr. Christopher Byrnes (Diocese of Nelson, Canada), to be Curate at the parish of Castlerea (Kilkeevan) (effective 8th Nov.)
• Canon Liam Devine, PP, VF (St. Peter and Paul, Athlone) to be Vicar General (effective Nov. 30th)
• Canon Tom Hever, Adm, VF (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo) to be Vicar General (effective Nov. 30th)
• V. Rev. Michael Duignan, DD, currently Assistant Diocesan Secretary, to be Diocesan Secretary, Chancellor and Episcopal Vicar for Education and Formation (effective Nov. 30th )

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

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