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Permanent Diaconate

Vocations will be a priority for Bishop-elect Duffy

“We have to face the fact that at the moment there are [fewer] priests than we were used to, and this has an effect on how parishes operate. Obviously, there is a whole richness within the laity that hasn’t been tapped into.”

2018.12.11.

Diocese of Clogher plans for decline in priest numbers

Of the 58 priests who are active in parishes, some 28 of these are over the age of 65. Only seven priests are under the age of 50.

2018.08.11.

Four deacons ordained on Easter Monday

Two transitional deacons ordained by Bishop Denis Nulty for Irish Dominicans while Bishop Brendan Kelly ordains the diocese of Achonry's first two permanent deacons.

2018.04.03.

ACP backing for priest’s stance over male-only diaconate

Call for every diocese in the country to hold off on the introduction of the permanent diaconate until the Vatican’s commission on women deacons has made its report.

2017.08.12.

Bishop Denis Nulty consults on vocations crisis

“At present, there are 90 priests ministering in our diocese; 27 of them are over 75. This stark figure reminds us that a radical reappraisal of what a parish community should be, how it should be organised, co-ordinated, funded and ministered, is necessary.”

2017.05.10.

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly believes Permanent Diaconate will benefit Church

“It is going to become more and more a normal feature of life ... because many of those ordained will be coming in contact with us at funerals and weddings, baptisms, etc.”

2017.02.19.

8 permanent deacons to be ordained for Dublin

First ever meeting of permanent deacons, candidates for the permanent diaconate and their wives from all around Ireland.

2016.06.04.

Bishop Phonsie presides at his first ordination

Fr Shane (27) is the newest priest in Waterford & Lismore and one of fifteen ordinations to the Irish Church this summer in what has been a bumper year for vocations.

2015.07.20.

Limerick synod should discuss women deacons

“I have been constantly told by people working in the Vatican that they can’t say no to women deacons, they just don’t want to say yes" - Dr Phyllis Zagano.

2015.04.26.

Killaloe Womens Forum to affiliate with ACI

The two groups aim to work for “an inclusive Church” where laity, religious and clergy work together in collaborative ministry.

2014.11.19.

Enhanced role for Dublin’s laity within deaneries

Deanery groupings will no longer be made up solely of priests but will expand membership to allow participation of laity and Religious.

2014.09.18.

Deaneries in Kildare and Leighlin cut by half

Full–time vocations director and vicar to support and care for priests appointed.

2014.07.17.

New Bishop of Elphin to be ordained today

Bishop-elect Kevin Doran pays tribute to Bishop Jones' 20 years at the helm.

2014.07.13.

Three permanent deacons ordained in Dublin

Church has yet to discover fully the place of the diaconate within it: Archbishop Martin.

2014.06.22.

More Than 15,000 Active Permanent Deacons In U.S. Church

As average age increases, "we must take necessary steps to invite others to hear the Lord’s call to serve as deacons," says bishop.

2014.06.01.

Fr Kevin Doran appointed to Elphin diocese

Christians are not called to be simply consumers of religion but ‘washers of feet’.

2014.05.15.

Archdiocese of Tuam considering permanent diaconate

New pastoral plan distributed at Masses throughout the diocese this weekend.

2013.10.13.

Diaconate enables Church to tap into married men’s experience

Bishop McAreavey ordains Diocese of Dromore’s first two Permanent Deacons.

2013.10.07.
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