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

 
Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine – Youth Section

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For the first time this year the annual Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock on August 17th last had a dedicated programme for Young People led by Deacon Wando de Araujo. Thirty six young people from fourteen parishes followed a special programme hosted by the Knock Youth Ministry Team before the official ceremonies began at 2.30pm. By all accounts it was a great experience for those who attended and one that will be repeated at future diocesan pilgrimages.

 
Download the Prayer card for Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes

Our annual Diocesan pilgrimage  to Lourdes begins on the 28th August to the 2nd of September, led by Bishop Kevin Doran.

To mark the fortieth anniversary of our diocese travelling on pilgrimage to Lourdes, a Prayer Card featuring the Diocesan Badge was commissioned.

The prayers are a resource for parishes and prayer groups - who are invited to unite in prayer with our pilgrimage - especially with all those who are sick.

The Prayer Card is a reflection that leads us into the mysteries of the Rosary, where, with Mary, we encounter the Gospel episodes of the life and ministry of Jesus and we recall and retell the Gospel story in the timeless rhythm of the 'Ave Maria' - which is recited in all the languages of God's people in Lourdes.

May our Lourdes Prayer Card gather us all at the well of inner peace to pray with Mary, for she is still, with the holiness of God. We pray with Mary - who rested her heart in God's heart of love.

Download the Prayer Card

 
Diocesan Appointments


Bishop Kevin Doran has made the following diocesan changes:

  • Fr. Donal Morris CC (Boyle) to be Administrator of Loughlynn Parish
  • Fr. John Coughlan (Returning from Study Leave) to be Curate in Boyle Parish and to remain a member of the Diocesan Vocations Team
  • Fr. Declan Boyce SPS, on loan from Kiltegan Missionary Society, to be Curate at St. Mary’s Cathedral and temporary Chaplain at Summerhill College

In addition, Ms. Maura Scallon, who has served as Secretary to the Bishop for over thirty years has retired and Bishop Kevin wishes to express his sincere thanks to her on behalf of the diocese for all her service.
Ms. Sheena Darcy, formerly Office manager of IEC2012 has taken up the role of Secretary to the Bishop.

 
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