Address of Bishop Kevin Doran to mark the Centenary of Cliffoney Primary School

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 

I am delighted to be with you this morning to celebrate the centenary of Cliffoney Primary School.

Every September for one hundred years, this school has welcomed a new group of junior infants. These “junior infants” were your mothers and fathers, your aunts and uncles and even your grandparents. Alongside all of those children there have been all the teachers and the parents. This school has been an integral part of the life of this community and has helped to form the community.

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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.

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HOMILY Very Rev Liam Devine PP Saints Peter and Paul, Athlone at the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Kevin Doran
We gather today on this momentous and historic occasion when another chapter is added to the long history of Elphin diocese with the ordination of Fr. Kevin Doran as our bishop. This ancient territory bearing the footprints of St. Patrick touches the very cradle of Christianity in this part of the country.  The Diocese of Elphin as we know it today dates back to the Synod of Kells in 1152 and in modern day geographical terms stretches from the bridge of Athlone to the bridge of Bunduff near Bundoran.  The Episcopal See of Elphin is of much greater antiquity and can be traced back to the 5th century when St. Patrick appointed St. Asicus as his disciple and first Abbot Bishop of the Church of Elphin.

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New Bishop's Episcopal Coat of Arms unveiled

New Bishop's Episcopal Coat of Arms unveiled

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The Coat of Arms

There is a long established tradition that a bishop has a coat of arms. It is not strictly necessary and some may wonder what purpose it serves. With its rich symbolism, a coat of arms can serve as a kind of contract with the people of the diocese and as a reminder to the bishop himself of what his mission is about.

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