“While we are all aware of the great challenges facing the Church and society at this time, we know also that God the all-powerful is always with us,” said Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Vocations.
At the episcopal ordination of Bishop Martin Hayes, Archbishop Eamon Martin appealed to families to pray the Rosary for themselves, their loved ones and for all those whose health or livelihood is being seriously impacted by the coronavirus crisis.
The Diocese of Kilmore, of which Father Martin Hayes will soon be bishop, includes almost all of County Cavan and a portion of Counties Leitrim, Fermanagh, Meath and Sligo.
Cavan parish priest offered "moral leadership in a difficult time” through his homily following the kidnapping and assault on Kevin Lunney, a director of Quinn Industrial Holdings.
In a statement, Monsignor Liam Kelly, Administrator of Kilmore Diocese said the politician, whose car was burnt out in an arson attack at his home in Co Leitrim, had been “courageous in speaking out against racism”.
“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.
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.