Homilies and Addresses

Rediscovering the Beauty of Christian Celebration

Rediscovering the Beauty of Christian Celebration Reflections on the Apostolic Letter Desiderio Desideravi, of Pope Francis Sometime back I was invited to participate in a Conference on the Eucharist, which was being hosted in St. Anne’s Parish, Sligo. As often happens, I found it easy to accept an invitation from Angela to do something that...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at Knock Novena – 21st August 2022

They will take their place at the Feast – Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at Knock Novena – 21st August 2022 I want you to imagine that you have been invited to someones’ home for a meal; it might even be a barbecue in this lovely sunny weather. You know that there are going to...

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Christmas Message from Bishop Kevin

It is 145 km from Nazareth to Bethlehem. That’s almost exactly the same length as our Diocese, from Bunduff to Athlone. It would take a week to walk that far, and probably more if you were in the final stages of pregnancy. St. Luke tells us that Joseph and Mary left Nazareth to travel together...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran on the Occasion of Celebrating The Rite of Admission to Candidacy

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran on the Occasion of Celebrating The Rite of Admission to Candidacy – 25th March 2021 – Solemnity of the Annunciation at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth When we pray the Creed, we profess our faith in Jesus Christ who “by the power of the Holy Spirit, was Incarnate of the Virgin...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin for 250th Anniversary of Ursulines in Ireland

If you walk in any direction from Sligo Cathedral, you will find an Ursuline presence within two Kilometres. To the West you will find the Ursuline College, to the East you will find a community of retired sisters who, between them have given hundreds of years in the service of young people. On Strandhill Road,...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin for Catholic Schools Week 2021

Communities of Faith and Resilience Today we celebrate the beginning of Catholic Schools Week. It is also the “Sunday of the Word of God”. This is an annual celebration established by Pope Francis to draw our attention to the importance not just of proclaiming the Word of God, but of hearing the Word of God...

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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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