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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.

Maynooth crisis raises questions about model of seminary formation

“I think the days of a big big seminary are over. I think if anything good comes from this it is an examination of a better way” - Fr Brendan Purcell.

2016.08.07.

New priest ordained for Diocese of Meath

Forty-one-year-old Rev Warren Collier spent 16 years working as a driver for Bus Éireann before studying for the priesthood at the Beda College in Rome.

2016.07.11.

Dominicans leave Limerick City after 800 Years

“In times of strength, of weakness and great persecution, we remained steadfast, thanks to the support and generosity of you and your ancestors, the people of Limerick.”

2016.07.07.

Teams of priests to now serve Limerick parishes

New approach will see priests work across different parishes and while there won’t necessarily be a priest living in every parish, there will be a parish priest for every parish.

2016.07.06.

Five parishes in Kerry diocese without a resident priest

Over the coming year the diocese will see Sean Jones ordained a priest - exactly ten years since the last priestly ordination in Kerry.

2016.07.05.

War chaplain Fr Donal O’Sullivan remembered at Masses

Prayers offered at Masses in the Diocese of Kerry for world peace and for people everywhere who serve in the army of their country.

2016.07.03.

Historic Cork church set to close due to lack of priests

“We appreciate that there are manpower issues both within the Vincentian community and the diocese. We do not believe the announcement is the correct solution to this situation."

2016.06.20.

National Office for Vocations to be set up in Maynooth

In 1965, 441 priests were ordained in Ireland, but these days it is usually 12/13 annually, Bishop Denis Brennan highlighted at a recent conference for vocations directors.

2016.06.16.

Bishop Freeman ordains two Pallottines to diaconate

Ordination of two new deacons will be followed in July by the ordination of two Pallottines to the priesthood.

2016.06.07.

‘Courageously proclaim the Gospel in word & deed’

President of St Patrick’s College Maynooth hopes nine new deacons will build up the ‘Body of Christ’ as they “serve the people of God in their various dioceses".

2016.05.30.

Bishop Crean to ordain 9 deacons in Maynooth today

Ordination coincides with the special Jubilee of Deacons taking place in Rome to mark the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

2016.05.29.

ACP urge Irish bishops to hold a national synod

“The Church is at a cross-roads,” he said, “and we could get stuck at the cross-roads unless we decide to respond proactively”.

2016.05.22.

Persecuted Church in Pakistan sees vocations boom

Lahore seminary rector sees increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life as “a sign of God's blessing” who is “always close to his people.”

2016.05.05.

Mercy Sisters leave Limerick village after 151 years

One of the first documentaries on Irish television was the Radharc programme ‘The parish with the most vocations in Ireland – Doon, County Limerick.’

2016.03.31.

Redemptorists leave Marianella after 50 years

“Our ministries continue to thrive despite difficulties like older age, lack of vocations."

2016.01.19.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation helps Vocations Ireland

Grant totals €268,000 over three years and is intended is help Vocations Ireland support and nurture vocations to the consecrated religious life in Ireland today.

2016.01.07.

Two priests and two deacons ordained on Epiphany

“It is possible to create safe spaces for those who think alike and who may come to feel that because they are like-minded they have discovered to right way.”

2016.01.07.

Samuel promotion under way

As well as a second Samuel group in Cork, it is hoped that another group will start in Dublin.

2015.12.08.

Dominicans bid sad farewell to Athy foundation

Association with Co Kildare town dating back to the 13th century comes to an end due to a lack of friars.

2015.11.23.

Pastoral practice must deepen Church teaching

Archbishop Martin tells Synod press conference Church must accompany vocation of marriage just as it accompanies vocation to priesthood.

2015.10.22.

Challenges of mission locally & globally considered

“We in Ireland are not at all used to the humility demanded by the fact that we might have something to receive," IMU president Sr Kathleen McGarvey OLA.

2015.10.10.
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