Homilies and Addresses

Easter Message of Bishop Kevin Doran

Christ Has Died; Christ is Risen; Christ will Come Again – Easter Message of Bishop Kevin Doran Somebody asked me recently if I had prepared my Easter message yet. It strikes me that there is really only one Easter Message and it will be familiar to most of you: “Christ has died; Christ is risen;...

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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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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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