“I know this is very difficult news particularly for the 38 parishes of Kildare & Leighlin affected by this two-week shutdown” - Bishop Denis Nulty.
Through the awards, young people are able to take an active part in the life of their Church and become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world.
Pray for me “that I may be faithful to the apostolic office entrusted to me in my lowliness and that in your midst I may be made day by day a living and more perfect image of Christ, the Priest, the Good Shepherd, the Teacher and Servant of all”.
At the annual Chrism Mass, Dr Nulty said he was “acutely aware of the ... strains that exist ... where the age profile of the priesthood continues to rise, and where sometimes even to organise relief cover is next to impossible”.
“Being unarmed does seem to suggest that, as a matter of policy, Gardaí will seek to respond to crime in a non-violent way. By doing this, they contribute to reducing the level of violence, rather than escalating it.”
"The renewal of the Irish Church will be strengthened by the determination of men who see priesthood as a second life choice and respond generously."