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Dublin parish protests departure of beloved priest

“If the Archbishop appoints me, I see that as what God wants me to do. If I respond positively and go where he wants, I think it brings a grace.”

2018.09.16.

Priest receives anniversary gift at Belleek Pottery

“I love the priesthood and thank God every day for my vocation.” – Monsignor Martin McDonnell

2018.07.23.

Pope calls for prayers for his brother priests

Let us pray together that priests, who experience fatigue and loneliness in their pastoral work, may find help and comfort in their intimacy with the Lord and in their friendship with their brother priests.

2018.07.04.

Youth on the agenda of bishops’ meetings in Ireland and in Rome

Many young people have positive experiences of chaplaincy services, pilgrimages and other dedicated national and international youth encounter events.

2018.06.18.

Widower to be ordained on Sunday for Killaloe diocese

“Church has always given me the beacon of light when I’ve needed it,” says Martin Shanahan.

2018.06.01.

It’s time for lay leadership in Limerick, says Bishop Leahy

The declining numbers of available clergy and religious lend a sense of urgency to this development.

2018.02.05.

“Our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation!”

Pope Francis releases message for 2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

2017.12.06.

Two priests ordained for Dublin

Like St Laurence O'Toole "we need a faith where theology and prayer, witness and care of the poor belong together and can influence the world around us and make society more loving" - Archbishop of Dublin.

2017.11.15.

Former BBC journalist to make her first profession today

Three years after Martina Purdy joined the Adoration Sisters in west Belfast, she will profess her vows along with former barrister, Sr Elaine of the Heart of Jesus Kelly.

2017.09.23.

The gift of priesthood is gladly given in the Diocese of Ferns

Remember what the Holy Spirit took from the disciples in the upper room: their fear and anxiety about the future – Bishop Denis Brennan at the ordination of Fr Billy Caulfied.

2017.06.12.

Third Doyle brother ordained to the priesthood

Twins Fr Brian and Fr Rory have PhDs in engineering while Fr Jim worked as a civil engineer both in Ireland and as a volunteer with Concern in Cambodia and Burundi, where his vocation story began.

2017.04.04.

Huge church in Finglas to be replaced with smaller one

“The wonderful parish of Finglas West has struggled for many years with extensive building problems in their church,” said Fr Cahill, PP.

2017.02.04.

Coming to Ireland for WMF2018 is Pope’s intention

Archbishop Martin recalls Pope telling him “There is something about the message of the synod and something about the difficulty Ireland has gone through that offers me an opportunity to say things I want to say about the family.”

2017.01.18.

A Nun’s Story is surprise best-seller

The deeply moving true story of giving up a life of love and luxury in a single irresistible moment.

2017.01.15.

ACP slates “unfair” attention towards Maynooth

Former trainee priest who alleges he was harassed by a member of staff while studying in Maynooth files complaint with Gardaí’s sexual assault unit.

2016.08.03.

Bishop McKeown ordains new priest for Derry diocese

"Make sure that the sacrifice of celibacy is matched with simplicity of life-style. A pampered celibacy is a counter-sign of Christ’s call.”

2016.06.28.

Two Irish seminarians ordained deacons in Rome

Rev Malachy Gallagher is preparing for service in the Diocese of Derry and Rev Bill O’Shaughnessy is preparing for service in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

2016.03.30.

Irish Church must become passionate again

"We live in a world which is often harsh and violent. We have witnessed horrific, hate-filled violence and retaliation on our streets again," Archbishop of Dublin.

2016.03.25.

Many people “don’t get” the priesthood: Bishop Crean

Bishop reminds his priests "we were never promised a rose garden" and "rejection is often the fruit of fidelity".

2016.03.25.

Documentary on Irish nun’s mission in South Sudan

Sr Orla Treacy IBVM from Bray is principal of the Loreto Secondary School in Rumbek which has grown from 35 students to 183 since it opened in 2008.

2016.03.13.

Discernment weekend focuses on joy of vocation

Céilí community holds first discernment weekend for men and women considering call to priesthood and religious life within its own community.

2016.01.30.

Lack of European patriotism is threat to EU

Europe has become more integrated legally in the last ten years and more divided politically and spiritually and emotionally, says former Taoiseach.

2016.01.29.

Sister’s vocation sparked new priest’s call

"The needs we have to be successful, to be liked, to avoid criticism, to be noticed, are often not met. There are many who would gladly serve God in an advisory capacity.”

2016.01.08.

BBC features pioneering work of Irish nun in UK

Sr Rita Lee has urged the British government not to “cut the benefits of the less well off” stating “I’m not a politician, but I know that more needs to be done".

2015.12.14.

Bishop Nulty presides at ordination of Jesuit priest

"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."

2015.11.26.

Be leaders Thurles president urges religion teachers

Since 2008, 340 religion teachers have graduated from St Patrick's College which up to 1992 served as a seminary for the training of priests.

2015.10.24.

Priestly celibacy is not just ‘part of the package’

The vocation to priesthood and celibacy have been conjoined in the Catholic Church "for a very long time and for good reasons" - Bishop Brendan Leahy.

2015.10.08.

Knock Eucharistic Congress aims to build on IEC2012

The pastoral care of marriage and the family will be the key focus of the national congress this weekend.

2015.09.23.

President of Maynooth talks about seminary life

“We do have to push for a more cohesive approach to bringing in prospective student priests” - Mgr Hugh Connolly.

2015.08.29.

17 men begin studies for priesthood in Maynooth

New batch of seminarians is up on last year's cohort of 14 and brings the total number of resident seminarians training in Maynooth to sixty.

2015.08.25.
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