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Ninth priest from abroad as Kildare and Leighlin prays for vocations

Fr Ciprian Matei, from the Archdiocese of Bucharest, Romania, is to become Curate (CC) in Portlaoise parish.

2019.05.29.

Female director appointed to head national vocations campaigns in England and Wales

“It is both exciting and challenging to be the first woman to take up the position of Director of the National Office for Vocations,” says Scottish FSP sister.

2019.05.26.

There is no greater joy than risking one’s life for the Lord, says Pope in Vocations Sunday message

Pope Francis admits it is not always easy to discern our vocation and to steer our life in the right direction and, for this reason, he calls on Church personnel to provide young people with opportunities for listening and discernment.

2019.05.11.

Presentation Sisters to close Offaly convent

“The world is very attractive for young people nowadays. They very much can have their own careers and get jobs, get third level education. That was not the case when sisters entered in my time,” says Sr Laura Boyle on the drop in vocations.

2019.04.25.

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.

“We have to listen to the Spirit guiding us in a different way.”

Fr Brian D’Arcy has called for the Church to allow married men and women to be ordained as priests.

2018.09.30.

New Bishop of Meath will prioritise vocations

“When Christ invited his own disciples to follow him, it was an invitation. That word of encouragement from priests, bishops and parishioners is part of it. We have to invite men to priesthood.”

2018.09.07.

Start the conversation about vocations at parish level, says Bishop Nulty

"Priestly vocations are everyone’s business, but if priests, deacons, parish pastoral workers, parish council members do not lead the conversation, then who will?"

2018.06.24.

Island communities show what parish life will be like with fewer priests

"The pastoral councils on both islands are vital to the life of the parish. In many ways they are an example of what we are now trying to do on the mainland – lay-led ministry." – Fr Patrick Burke

2018.06.18.

Four deacons ordained in Maynooth

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin presides at ordination of Rev Fergal Cummins of Meath, Rev Ricky O’Connor of Ferns, and Divine Word Missionaries, Rev Yanbo Chen and Rev Gerhard Osthues.

2018.05.29.

The Lord is still calling men to the priesthood, says Bishop Cullinan ahead of Vocations Sunday

We are not victims of chance or swept up in a series of unconnected events. On the contrary, our life and our presence in this world is the fruit of a divine vocation, says Pope Francis.

2018.04.21.

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.

Former Taoiseach John Bruton pays tribute to Bishop Farrell

“He takes a huge interest in people and their lives, particularly when they face difficult times, such as bereavement.”

2018.03.13.

Irish attend Vocations Conference in Rome

If we want to generate a culture of vocations, it is not going to happen in isolation, it is certainly not going to happen if we are not investing in youth ministry.

2017.12.07.

Dublin in a Decade – Archbishop reflects on parish prospects with fewer priests

Without the continued support of religous orders, Dublin could face a 70% drop in the number of its priests by 2030

2017.11.20.

Bishop Monahan highlights Legion of Mary’s role in vocations

19 new seminarians have begun their formation for Irish dioceses, eight of whom have begun a propaedeutic year in locations in Ireland and abroad.

2017.09.26.

Dominicans celebrate week of vocations

Four novices make their first profession, one makes his solemn profession and five new members join the order.

2017.09.19.

Without priests from abroad, Mass schedule will “change drastically”

Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin commends priests from abroad in presence of visiting bishop from Kerala, India.

2017.09.09.

Bishop dismayed by ‘persecution’ of Church in Ireland

“People from abroad are often astonished at the level of antipathy to the Church displayed in our country.”

2017.06.07.

Waterford and Lismore convenes special conference on future pastoral needs

The meeting was organised to explore ways in which the diocese can respond to the pastoral needs of parishioners in light of the declining numbers of priests.

2017.06.03.

Servant Sisters open new base in Ireland

New community in Roscommon will honour Sr Clare Crockett, who died in earthquake last year in Ecuador.

2017.05.13.

Make the 13th a date to pray for vocations

“Vocations are born in prayer and only in prayer can they persevere and bear fruit” – Pope Francis.

2017.05.07.

Think actively about how to cope with reduction in number of priests – Bishop Francis Duffy

Over the next 13 years, 28 of our 53 diocesan priests will reach the retirement age of 75 years. By the time children baptised this year reach Confirmation our diocese will be a very different place.

2017.03.27.

Prayer is our first response to vocations crisis, Pope tells Die Zeit

One of the things I pray for every day is a sense of humour! – Pope Francis.

2017.03.13.

Elphin priest appointed to role at Irish College in Rome

Appointment is a way of saying the Diocese of Elphin believes in the future of the priesthood. “We hope that, in the coming years, we will be able to send seminarians both to the Irish College and to Maynooth” – Bishop Kevin Doran.

2016.12.20.

ACP gathering is deadly serious about plight of priests

How can the last priests in Ireland survive the final years of their lives with comfort, esteem and affection?

2016.11.18.

Bishop Nulty welcomes more deacons

The permanent diaconate has the capacity and capability of changing the face of the Irish Church – Bishop Denis Nulty.

2016.11.10.

Killaloe’s bishop elect meets Pope ahead of episcopal ordination

Audience came at the end of formation course for new bishops organised by the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

2016.09.21.

‘Treating adults like children is no preparation for priesthood’

In an article questioning what lessons have learned from the Maynooth fiasco, Fr Brendan Hoban is highly critical of Irish bishops who accept unsuitable candidates.

2016.09.11.

Closure of Catholic colleges mark beginning of new era

New institutions are needed to address a new era says Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

2016.08.26.
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