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)

Bishop Kevin meets with Pope Francis

Bishop Kevin pictured meeting Pope Francis on Thursday 18th September at the end of the week-long course for newly appointed bishops which took place in Rome.

Bishop Kevin Doran with Pope Francis2
Photograph is copyright Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romano, 2014

Click on the following link to read and listen to Vatican Radio's news report on the meeting 

Confirmation 2015

Bishop Kevin is pleased to announce the Confirmation Programme for the Diocese of Elphin 2015. He sends his best wishes to all those preparing for the special gift of the Holy Spirit, to their families and teachers, and assures them of his prayers at this important time.

On the occasion of Confirmation a Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit is celebrated in accordance with the liturgical norms. An Old Testament Reading and a New Testament Reading from the Lectionary Part III for the celebration of Confirmation should be selected. The Gospel Reading will be Lk 3:15-16, 21-22. Where a Confirmation takes place on a Sunday the Sunday Mass is celebrated.

Holy Spirit window St Peters

Dates for Confirmation 2015 

Statement by Bishop Kevin Doran on the acceptance by Pope Francis of resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady

It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that I have heard this morning the news that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Seán Brady upon reaching the canonical age of 75.

Cardinal Brady, has led the Irish Church through a very challenging period. He has sought at all times to respond honestly to the past, while seeking to be an agent of renewal in the Irish Church.

I have known Cardinal Seán Brady since 1990, when I went to work with him at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. My experience of him during the three years when we lived and worked together was of a gentle leader and a good listener. His care for those in need was very practical and no task was too menial for him.

Throughout his years in Rome, Cardinal Brady, maintained a strong interest in the GAA and in local politics and community affairs in his native County Cavan. He would not have been the kind of man to seek high office. Nothing made him happier than the thought of returning as parish priest of Ballyhaise, County Cavan in 1993; and, even as Primate of All Ireland, he has remained a "people’s priest".

On behalf of the people of the Diocese of Elphin, I extend my best wishes and the promise of our prayers to Cardinal Brady on his retirement.

I look forward to working closely with Archbishop Eamonn Martin. I wish him every blessing and offer him my personal support in his role as Primate of All Ireland. I ask the people of the diocese to remember him in their prayers as he takes on his new mission as Archbishop of Armagh.

+Kevin Doran 
Bishop of Elphin

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