Wednesday’s in the Castle

Divine Word Missionaries
Donamon Castle
Co. Roscommon
F42 YE13

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During 2019 the Divine Word Missionaries, who have resided in Donamon Castle since 1939, undertook a consultation regarding Donamon Castle Going Forward.    This incorporated a series of conversations around how the Divine Word Missionaries, in partnership with local clergy and committed laity, the Elphin Diocese and other Church bodies, could contribute to the evolution of Donamon Castle as  a centre of re-evangelisation, catechesis and on-going formation for women and men in the West of Ireland.

Over the coming year (2020) the following initiatives will be offered in Donamon Castle.  All are welcome at most courses and events.  A few are reserved to religious, teachers etc..


Supporting Post-Primary Students Step into Freedom
Elphin Diocese’s Post-Primary Religious Educ. Teacher’s and Chaplain’s In-service Day.

9.30 – 4 pm,
Wednesday, February 12th
Fr. Patrick Byrne SVD, Rector, Donamon Castle.
Ms Kate Liffey, National Director for Catechetics, Irish Episcopal Conference.
Tom Gunning, Post-Primary RE Teacher & Catechetical Writer with Veritas.
Fr. Michael Drumm, Chairperson, Elphin Diocesan Education Commission
Dr. Tom Finegan, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick.


Turning Our Hearts to the Lord
Lenten Lectio Divina Scripture Sharing Group
10 – 10.40 am (after 9.30 am Mass) ,
Wednesdays Feb. 26th (Ash Wednesday), March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25
Group Facilitators: 
Fr. Pat Byrne SVD
Fr. Vincent Twomey SVD


Speaking on God’s Behalf – how to be a great reader in Church
A course and new and current Ministers of the Word
8 – 9.45 pm, Wednesdays March  4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
Bishop Kevin Doran (March 4th)
Fr. Noel Rooney (March 11th)
Fr. Vincent Twomey SVD (March 18th)
Dr. Anne Francis (March 25th)


In the service of our Risen Lord
A course for new and current Ministers of Holy Communion
8 – 9.45 pm,
Wednesdays April 29th, May 6th, 13th & 20th
Presenters (4):
To be announced.


‘Let the children come to me’
Half-day pre-school sector conference focussing on the spirituality of pre-school children
10 – 2 pm,
Wednesday May 6th
Ms. Irene Cafferky, ounty Childcare Coordinator, Roscommon CCC

Fr. Michael Drumm, Elphin Diocesan Education Commission
and experts in early childhood spirituality and education

‘Christ is the vine, we are the branches’ (Jn 15:5), bearing fruit in plenty?   End of year renewal afternoon for Officers of Parish Pastoral Councils, other Pastoral Groups and Networks
11.30 – 3.30 pm,

Saturday June 27th
Presenters to be announced.


Time-out Before We Begin Again
Pre-back-to-school renewal day  for Teachers, Principals and Board of Management members
30 – 4.30 pm, Wednesday August 19th
Presenters to be announced.   


Turning Our Hearts to the Lord
Advent Lectio Divina Scripture Sharing Group
10 – 10.40 am (after 9.30 am Mass),
Wednesdays Dec. 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23
Group Facilitators: 
Fr. Pat Byrne SVD
Fr. Vincent Twomey SVD


More events will be added once finalized.


Last updated:  January 18th 2020.