Homilies and Addresses

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at the Ordination to Priesthood of Fr John Mahony

My father used often say, “the longest way round is the shortest way home”. John Mahony set out on his vocational journey in 1976. He completed his formation with the Kiltegan Missionaries and was ordained a deacon in 1982, after which he spent two years as a missionary in Malawi. From then on he took...

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Homily at Mass for the Commissioning of “Partners in the Gospel”

Be United in your Convictions and United in your Love Last December, on the first Sunday of Advent, we launched a “Year of Vocation” in the Diocese. It turned out not to be a great year for launching things but, as so often happens, even in the most challenging of circumstances, the Holy Spirit has...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran for Feast of the Presentation

Celebration of the Call to Religious and Consecrated Life I want to invite you this morning to imagine a scene that could take place any day of the week in this Cathedral or, indeed, in any Church. A young couple pushing a buggy come for Sunday Mass, or a young woman leading her infant child...

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Bishop Kevin Doran’s Homily for World Day of Peace 2020

Bishop Kevin Doran’s homily and World Day of Peace message for New Year’s Day 1st January 2020 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo In 1967, Pope Paul VI established 1 January, the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, as World Day of Peace.  This was not just because it was the first day of...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at Midnight Mass, Christmas 2019

From This Time Onwards and Forever Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at Midnight Mass, 24th Dec 2019 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo Every year since I was a child, I have heard these same readings from Scripture on Christmas Eve. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light She gave birth...

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Address of Bishop Kevin Doran to Knights of Saint Columbanus

Journeys of Faith, Hope and Love; The Inspiration of St. Columbanus Address of Bishop Kevin Doran to Knights of Saint Columbanus, Saturday 19th Oct 2019 In these days we are entering into the last weeks of the liturgical year. The Church invites us to contemplate the end of time and the final establishment of the kingdom...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin at Catholic Grandparents Association

From time to time, since I was first ordained as a priest, I have been asked to move from one parish or pastoral situation to another. There has always been a certain amount of sadness in saying good by to people but, over the years, some of those relationships have become real friendships, and have...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin at Lourdes Grotto

Some years ago, in a parish where I was working, we decided to set up a Family Mass group, to encourage the involvement of parents and children each Sunday. There was a lot of work involved. The parents and the children were very generous with their time and their talents. The first Sunday, after Mass,...

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Address of Bishop Kevin Doran at the Classical Association of Ireland Summer School, Sligo

Saul of Tarsus – Death and the Hereafter A.) Saul of Tarsus  Tarsus Like many people, I imagine, I became aware of Tarsus in one context, namely that it was the home town of St. Paul, who wrote many of the letters (or epistles) of the New Testament. Over the years I have, understandably, paid...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at the Knock Novena

A Joy that Lies Ahead of Us Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at the Knock Novena The Apparition: It was pouring rain in Knock at around 8 o’clock in the evening on August 21st 1879. There wasn’t anything unusual about that. But people in the West of Ireland are no strangers to rain, so Mary...

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