In a statement on Monday, the bishop-elect said, “The Church of the future is about the increased involvement of lay people; of people and priests working together.”
“Now is the time for us, people and clergy together, to listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in order to shape a Church fit for purpose in the 21st century.”
“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.”
Bishop Leo O'Reilly of Kilmore responds to the papal visit and says he hopes that the Pope will introduce the necessary structures of accountability to ensure that child safeguarding will be an integral part of church life.
Bishop Leo O'Reilly of Kilmore speaks to pilgrims in Knock about the outcome of the abortion referendum and pays tribute to “the army of people, young and old, who campaigned to retain the Eighth Amendment”.
Repealing Article 40.3.3 will leave unborn children “at the mercy of whatever permissive abortion laws might be introduced in Ireland in the future”.
"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.”
Catechism is a “wonderful treasury of wisdom and spirituality” says bishop as he presents certificates to participants who have completed three-year course on catechism.
The funeral Mass for Alan and Clodagh Hawe and their three children, Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) has taken place at St Mary’s Church, Castlerahan in Co Cavan.