"Turning of the Sod" Ceremony, Summerhill College, Sligo

Summerhill CIC ASD Resource Unit

College of the Immaculate Conception, Summerhill, Sligo

New Extension, ASD Resource Centre
“Turning of the Sod” Ceremony, Wednesday 4th March 2015

Welcome and Introduction
Mr Paul Keogh, Acting Principal

Bishop Doran, Mayor Mac Sharry, Rev Fathers and Sister, Members of the College Board of Management and Building Sub-committee, members of the Summerhill College Parents Association and Student Council, local Councillors and TD’s, representatives from MH Associates Architects, McDermott and Trearty Builders, parents, students and fellow staff. It is my great privilege and honour to welcome you to Summerhill today for this very important celebration. 

Athlone Parish Visitation

During Bishop Kevin's visitation to Athlone parish, he met with Kitty Seery (100), the oldest lady in Drum, along with members of her family. 

kitty seery athlone

Bishop Kevin's Christmas Message 2014

Bishop Kevin Doran’s Christmas Message 2014

Christmas is a time of many images; parcels and reindeer, candles and trees. The image that is always strongest for me, however, is the image of family. Christmas brings me face to face with the Holy Family of Nazareth, the family into which Jesus was born and grew to human maturity, nourished by the love of Joseph and Mary. At the same time, my childhood memories of Christmas are memories of family and so I find myself, each Christmas, giving thanks for the gift of my own family which was – and still remains – an important influence in who I am as a person. This year, of course, I have a new diocesan family and I very much look forward to celebrating the Birth of Christ here with you in the Diocese of Elphin.

Message from Accord

ACCORD, Catholic Marriage Care Service, is an Agency of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. It has centres located throughout the dioceses of Ireland. Its ministry is primarily concerned with supporting the sacrament of marriage by helping couples as they prepare for marriage and offering support to them in their marriage relationship. ACCORD’s aim is to promote a better understanding of Christian marriage and to help couples initiate, sustain and enrich their commitment to one another and to family life. ACCORD’s core services include Marriage Preparation, Marriage Counselling and Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) though its Schools Programmes. For further information phone your local ACCORD Centre, or ACCORD Central Office, or visit www.accord.ie or if in Northern Ireland visit www.accordni.com

The Meaning of Marriage

At a media conference today at Columba Centre, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Bishop Liam MacDaid, chairman of the Council for Marriage and Family, along with Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, officially launched the pastoral statement The Meaning of Marriage on behalf of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. The pastoral statement advises the faithful that “to redefine the nature of marriage would be to undermine it as the fundamental building block of our society. The Church seeks with others to reaffirm … that marriage should be reserved for the unique and complementary relationship between a woman and a man from which the generation and upbringing of children is uniquely possible.”

Bishops encourage everyone to read The Meaning of Marriage which is currently being distributed to over 1,300 parishes throughout the island. The pastoral statement can also be downloaded in the English, Irish and Polish language on http://www.catholicbishops.ie/2014/12/03/meaning-marriage/

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