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Bishop Francis Duffy

Bishops say refugees must be accommodated, but locals should be consulted

“The well-being of local communities and of refugees alike requires that the provision of facilities for those who have lost everything must be carefully planned.”

2019.02.17.

Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore retires on health grounds

“Bishop Leo has worked untiringly with many others to bring the various stakeholders within the Catholic educational sector into dialogue, and promoted increased co-operation and collaboration.”

2018.12.31.

Midlands faces sharp recession, says bishop

“I cannot overstate the depth of the impact that the loss of a major source of employment like Bord na Móna will have on a rural area which is weak with comparable alternatives.”

2018.10.26.

Human rights plea in Ardagh and Clonmacnoise pastoral

The right to life is the most fundamental right of all. Once human life begins it should be allowed to continue

2018.03.24.

Nigerian missionaries commended for their work in Ireland

"We are here because you first came to us. We are the fruit of your labour. Today, many Churches in Nigeria are named after St Patrick. St Patrick is the second patron of Nigeria after Our Lady.”

2017.07.04.

Altar desecrated as tabernacle stolen from Co. Longford church

“It holds the bread that we believe has been transformed into the body of Christ. That is what we believe and that is why this act of desecration is so distressing” – Bishop Francis Duffy.

2017.04.17.

National Collection for WMF2018 takes place on 1 and 2 April

“Obviously the World Meeting of Families is going to involve a huge expenditure and an enormous investment by the Irish Church but it is an investment in our future and not just an event over five or six days in August 2018.”

2017.03.28.

Think actively about how to cope with reduction in number of priests – Bishop Francis Duffy

Over the next 13 years, 28 of our 53 diocesan priests will reach the retirement age of 75 years. By the time children baptised this year reach Confirmation our diocese will be a very different place.

2017.03.27.

Bishop seeks to establish permanent diaconate and parish catechists in Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois

“By virtue of our baptismal vocation we are all called to serve in our Church and to utilise our gifts” – Bishop Francis Duffy.

2016.12.04.

500 transition year students at RDS faith gathering

Students hear personal testimonies from WYD participant seriously injured in traffic accident and from Richard Moore who was blinded by a plastic bullet as a child.

2016.05.01.

Holy Door is a symbol of welcome: Bishop Duffy

“I encourage priests and parish pastoral councils to provide opportunities for people to participate in the Year of Mercy.”

2016.02.20.

Diocese of Meath gifts sanctuary lamp to St Mel’s

“The determination of the bishops, priests and people ... to restore St Mel’s is a source of encouragement and a sign of faith in the community” - Bishop Smith.

2016.01.06.

Do not be afraid to answer God’s call: Bishop Duffy

"For some, God is an irrelevance, for some an irritant and for others an invention. For those who have faith, God is the centre of all things.”

2015.06.23.

Former soldier to be ordained in St Mel’s today

Longford native Seamus O’Rourke (56) will be ordained for the Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois by Bishop Francis Duffy.

2015.06.21.

St Mel’s wins 2015 RIAI Public Choice Award

More than 100,000 people have visited St Mel’s Cathedral since it re-opened last Christmas five years after it was burnt to a shell on Christmas Day 2009.

2015.06.19.

St Mel’s shortlisted for architectural award

Members of the public have until 17 June to register their vote in the RIAI Public Choice Award.

2015.05.30.

St Mel’s scoops ‘Building Project of the Year’

The reopening of St Mel's has been a “great blessing” and an “uplifting moment” for the diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois according to parish priest, Fr Brendan O'Sullivan.

2015.05.01.

No room for complacency on safeguarding: Primate

First national safeguarding conference hosted by the National Board marks a significant milestone on the safeguarding journey: Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2015.02.28.

St Mel’s rises like a Phoenix from the ashes

After a massive €30 million renovation programme, using the latest building technology and the skills of master craftsmen and contemporary artists, St Mel’s Cathedral will be officially rededicated on Sunday 17 May 2015.

2015.02.05.

St Mel’s reopens today for first time in five years

Longford's Phoenix is seen as a symbol of the renewal for the Irish Church.

2014.12.20.

Children suffered because of Church inaction: Bishop

Revised edition of Ardagh and Clonmacnois' 2010 Safeguarding Children Policy launched.

2014.04.09.
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