Homilies and Addresses

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at the Grotto, Lourdes

Elphin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at the Grotto 30th August 2018 Most families have the experience from time to time of visitors calling unexpectedly. They are not coming in; they are not staying, but “yes, ok, just a cup of tea in the hand”. As a child I was often...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at the Knock Novena

Family: The First School of Human Values Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran at the Knock Novena Sunday 19th August 2018   The Bread of God’s Word Some years ago, I spent a few months living in a parish in France. There was one grocery shop, one bar, one chemist shop, two restaurants and four bakeries....

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Introductory Address of Bishop Kevin Doran at “Love and Life in Marriage” Conference

Introductory address given by Bishop Kevin Doran at “Love and Life in Marriage”, a conference celebrating the Church’s vision for sexuality and marriage on the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae.  Bishop Kevin formally opened the proceedings of the conference by introducing the topic and the guest speakers. The conference, hosted by Nazareth Family Institute, was...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin at Jubilee of Marriages 2018

Jubilee of Marriages 2018  Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon – 10th June 2018 It is lovely to gather to today to give thanks for the the gift of love. It is God’s gift to us. God is love and he shares his Spirit with us It is our gift to one another, which He makes possible....

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Blessing and Official Opening of Cloonakilla NS, Bealnamulla, Athlone

Words of Bishop Kevin on the Occasion of the Blessing and official Opening of Cloonakilla National School, Bealnamulla, Athlone 7th June 2018 Photo with thanks to Ss Peter and Paul’s Parish, Athlone I was very interested to discover that the original Cloonakilla National School was built in 1958, just sixty years ago this year. I...

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Homily of Very Rev. Michael Duignan at Funeral of Bishop Jones RIP

Homily of Very Rev. Michael Duignan, Diocesan Secretary of the Diocese of Elphin at the Requiem Mass for Christopher Jones, Bishop of Elphin (1994-2014)  Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo, Tuesday 22 May 2018  These May Days The wild ducks have arrived to reoccupy the little pond outside Bishop Christy’s house. The swallows are back as...

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Words of Welcome by Bishop Kevin Doran, at the Funeral Mass of Bishop Jones RIP

Words of Welcome by Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin at the Funeral Mass of Bishop Christopher Jones RIP Tuesday 22nd May 2018, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo Today is, in some ways, a formal public moment in the life of our Diocese, but it is also a gathering of the many families of...

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Homily of Monsignor Gerard Dolan at the removal of Bishop Jones RIP

Homily of Monsignor Gerard Dolan at the removal of the late Bishop Christopher Jones RIP Monday 21st May 2018, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo   My dear friends in Christ, We are a diocese in mourning as we lament the passing of our much beloved retired bishop, Bishop Christopher Jones, popularly known as Bishop...

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Pastoral Message from Bishop Kevin on Pentecost Sunday

Dear Parishioners, Today we celebrate the Holy Spirit whom we describe in the Creed each week as the “Giver of Life”. We have five days left to do all that we can to protect that Gift of Life. I want to acknowledge the generosity of all those who have worked so hard, through the toughest...

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Homily of Bishop Kevin at Easter Sunday Mass 2018

It was early in the morning on the first day of the week. At the office of the Jerusalem Post, Judith had just made herself a cup of coffee when the phone began to ring. “Yes”, she answered. The boy on the other end of the line didn’t want to give his name. He told...

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