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Two Lives, One Love – Information Evenings with Bishop Kevin

Over the coming months, Bishop Kevin will host six evenings for parishioners around the diocese to explore the LIFE question and to consider how best we can exercise our responsibility as Catholics to respect life and to support women. The first of these evenings will be the Percy French Hotel, Strokestown on Monday 22nd January...

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“Sign of peace” in the Liturgy

In the context of the present outbreak of ‘flu, we have, understandably, had some enquiries about the “sign of peace” in the liturgy. In response, the diocese wishes to issue the following guidance: “The sign of peace is an integral part of our preparation for Holy Communion. It is an acknowledgement of one another as...

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Choose Life Website – News and Resources

Every human life is beautiful, every human life is precious. Choose Life! www.chooselife2018.ie Life is precious Amidst all the rich variety of life on earth, human life is cause for special wonder. We alone can contemplate the beauty around us. We alone can create art and music and literature to express this beauty. We alone...

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Christmas Message from Bishop Kevin

  I was born almost exactly six months after Christmas; so my first Christmas was spent in the comfort of my mother’s womb. The only gift I got was the only gift I really needed, the gift of life. I was the first child for my parents, and I imagine it was both an anxious...

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Ordination of Martin Reidy as a Permanent Deacon

An Historic Occasion The first ever ordination of a Permanent Deacon in the Church of the Risen Christ, Kiltoom, Athlone has taken place at 12 noon on Gaudete Sunday, 17th December 2017. The large congregation gathered, shared the joy of the occasion in a beautiful and uplifting ceremony during which Bishop Kevin Doran ordained local...

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Bishop Doran Ordains Athlone Native to the Permanent Diaconate

The first ever ordination of a Permanent Deacon in the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Athlone took place today, Friday 8th December 2017, at 3pm on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The large congregation gathered, shared the joy of the occasion in a beautiful and uplifting ceremony during which Bishop Kevin Doran ordained...

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WMOF2018 Petition Box

Young James writing his petition in North Co. Sligo As part of our preparations for the World Meeting of Families 2018, the organisers have given each diocese a beautiful wooden petition box.  This box will visit each parish from early November until August 2018.  You are invited to write a petition and place it in...

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Job Advertisement – Finance and Asset Manager

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Elphin includes almost all of County Roscommon, as well as a significant portion of County Sligo and some parts of East Galway. The Diocese seeks to carry on its activities in a manner which is consistent with the Gospel and with Catholic Social Teaching. (See www.elphindiocese.ie) The purpose of the...

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Coláiste Chiaráin, Athlone Officially Opened

Bishop Kevin presents Coláiste Chiaráin with Vestments he received at World Youth Day, Poland 2016 (Bishop Doran, Mr. Frank Smith, Mr. Brendan Waldron) The new voluntary secondary school in Athlone, Coláiste Chiaráin, was officially opened on Friday 24th November 2017 by the School Patron, Bishop of Elphin, Kevin Doran, and Mr. Denis Naughten TD, Minister...

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Boyle Family Life Centre 30th Anniversary Conference

Address by Very Rev Dr. Michael Duignan, Chancellor of the Diocese of Elphin, 23rd November 2017 As Evelyn O’Donnell, Chairperson of the Board of Directors has already outlined the founding force behind the establishment of Boyle Family Life Centre was the Catholic Diocese of Elphin. Over the years Bishop Conway and Bishop Jones have always...

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