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.

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.

Pope John Paul II Award Ceremony 2014

The Pope John Paul II Awards in the Diocese of Elphin took place in Summerhill College, Sligo on the 15th  May 2014.

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Pope John Paul II Award Ceremony 2014

New Appointments

The Elphin Diocesan Office has announced the following appointments effective from 2nd August 2013.

  • Rev John Mc Manus CC, SS Peter & Paul Athlone to be PP Kilgefin (Ballagh), Co Roscommon.
  • Rev Alan Conway CC, Roscommon Town to be PP Aghanagh (Ballinafad), Co Sligo
  • Rev Ireneusz Kuzmicki PIC, Achanagh (Ballinafad) to be CC Roscommon Town
  • Rev Laurence Shine CSSP CC Ballyleague to be CC Ballagh and Derran
A time to uphold the right to life:

A time to uphold the right to life - Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Ireland

On the second day of the June General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth, the following statement has been issued:

A time to reflect

On Saturday last, tens of thousands of women, men and children gathered in Dublin to express their support for the equal right to life of mothers and their unborn children.

We are at a defining moment for our country.

The Gospel of life is at the heart of the message of Jesus. He came that we may have life and have it to the full (Jn 10:10). The Gospel challenges us to work for a world in which the dignity and beauty of every human life are respected.

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