Press Release


19th November 2014
Launch of Bishop Kevin Doran’s First Pastoral Letter “A Future Full of Hope”

Bishop Kevin Doran today published a Pastoral Letter called “A Future Full of Hope”. The focus of the pastoral letter is the shared contribution of parents, teachers, schools and parishes in the education of children including their education in faith. The title of the pastoral letter is taken from the prophet Jeremiah. In a time of great social and political unrest, Jeremiah, speaking in the name of God, says: “I know the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for disaster! plans to give you a future full of hope.”

Speaking to a gathering of parents, teachers and children at Scoil na n-Aingeal Naofa, Boyle , Bishop Kevin said: “As Christians, we believe in a God who is good and who, by inviting us into relationship with Him, not only promises us happiness in the next life, but gives a purpose to our existence here and now, which can transform the way we live our lives and the way we participate with one another in society”.

Bishop Kevin Doran's Pastoral Letter

A Future Full of Hope - Launch of Bishop Kevin's Pastoral Letter on Education

Bishop Kevin Doran has launched his first Pastoral Letter.  You can download a copy of the pastoral letter here

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.

Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine – Youth Section


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

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