Homily of Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin for National Fleadh Cheoil, 17th August 2014

As Gaeilge

In my final year in seminary, a small group of us went from Rome to Sardinia for a few days after Christmas. Three members of the group were musicians, so we had a guitar, a bodhrán and a tin-whistle in the car with us. One day, after lunch at a little restaurant by the sea, a few local people heard us speaking and asked if we were German. For some reason, when we said we were Irish, they felt the need to apologise and sent us over a bottle of very nice wine. That was when the lad’s went out to the car to get the musical instruments. After an impromptu fleadh cheoil on the beach, the Sardinians asked to borrow the instruments. The loosened the guitar strings to suit their particular style of music, and off we went again for another half hour.

Photos from the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Kevin Doran

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ADDRESS OF KEVIN DORAN Bishop of Elphin On the Occasion of his Episcopal Ordination
13th July 2014
ordination-319Since my appointment as bishop of Elphin, I have been very conscious of the rich Christian heritage of our diocese, dating as it does from the time of St. Patrick. We celebrated that great tradition of faith in our vigil of prayer last night and Fr. Liam has also recalled it in the course of his homily. The important thing is that places like Boyle Abbey and Inishmurray and our various Holy Wells are not just reminders of the past. The faith which they represent is lived and celebrated today in towns and villages throughout our diocese. We build on foundations that have been laid by others. Where others have sown the seed, we reap the harvest. Our faith, like the very land on which we live, is entrusted to us for the generations who will come after us. This is a sacred trust.
Reflection of Fr. Kevin Doran, Bishop Elect of Elphin At Vigil of Prayer Led by Young People of the Diocese
Saturday 12th July 2014 

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo

Thank you for coming this evening. I was thinking in the last few days of all the people who queued through the night to get tickets for the Garth Brooks concerts. They would also more than likely have been happy to wait for hours outside Croke Park, until the gates were opened. In much the same way, the night before the January Sales, people wait outside the big department stores, not wanting to miss anything. That’s really what a vigil is all about. It is not just about the waiting; it is about why we wait. We wait for the Lord to come and for His Spirit to move among us.  
Some years ago, Pope Benedict wrote a beautiful encyclical letter about the Word of God (Verbum Domini). Drawing on the teaching of St. Jerome, the Pope reminds us that Jesus is truly present in his Word. “For me” Jerome says “the Gospel is the body of Christ”. He comments that, quite rightly, we take care not to lose even a fragment of the host. In much the same way, he says, we need to be watchful, not to “drop” anything of what God wants to say to us in His Word. 

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