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New Bishop of Clonfert consecrated in Loughrea

‘God is real, Christ is alive, He is present, He wants to befriend each one of us, forgive us, heal us, free us, involve us in the loving community of faith and make our lives better,’ said Bishop Michael Duignan in his first address as a member of the Irish hierarchy.

2019.10.14.

Bishop Duffy welcomes Clogher’s vocations as a sign of hope

Two men are beginning their studies for the priesthood this autumn and a third is embarking on the permanent diaconate.

2019.10.09.

Fifteen men begin studies for the priesthood

“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. These formation figures released today offer us a sign of hope,” said Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan, Chair of the Bishops’ Council for Vocations.

2019.09.12.

Bishop Farrell warns against portraying God as Santa Claus

In his homily at a Mass in St Kieran’s College for priests celebrating their ordination jubilees, the Bishop of Ossory stressed that the kingdom of God does not come about by “being passive”.

2019.09.01.

Four congregations organise Convent Camino in Cork

While organisers welcome young people, they are also interested in meeting those who have lived some of their life in the world before they come into religious life, because then they are making a discerned choice.

2019.08.28.

Priest in Ireland says flooding in Kerala is severe

The situation in Kerala is considered the worst, and that area was also severely affected one year ago when rain and floods killed 480 people.

2019.08.21.

Bishop Nulty pays tribute to “indispensable” Poor Clares

“They are an invaluable powerhouse of prayer for the wider diocese and indeed much further afield.”

2019.08.14.

National Mass of thanksgiving for priests in Westminster

“The uncomfortable things we say need not be judgemental or harsh, but simply counter-cultural.”

2019.06.29.

Bishop Doran pays tribute to St Joseph’s Young Priests Society

“This is an essential part of the mission of the priest; to break for the people the bread of God’s Word as well as the bread of the Eucharist.”

2019.06.24.

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.
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