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Statement of Archbishop Eamon Martin on the death of Bishop Séamus Hegarty RIP

Archbishop Eamon Martin has issued the following statement following the death of Bishop Seamus Hegarty, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Derry:  I am saddened to hear of the death of Bishop Séamus Hegarty.  The news came during a meeting of the Irish bishops and we prayed for the happy repose of his soul and […]

Statement of Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ on the death of Bishop Séamus Hegarty RIP

It was with sadness that the bishops, priests and people of the Diocese of Raphoe heard of the death yesterday afternoon, Friday, 20 September, of Bishop Séamus Hegarty.  A native of the Parish of Kilcar, Bishop Hegarty served the diocese for many years as priest and bishop. Bishop Hegarty had a long episcopal ministry.  He […]

Statement of Bishop Donal McKeown on the death of Bishop Séamus Hegarty RIP

Following the death yesterday of Bishop Séamus Hegarty, Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry said, “even though Bishop Séamus Hegarty had been in declining health for a number of years, it was with sadness that I heard about his death.  As Bishop of Derry, he was the successor to Bishop Edward Daly, and Bishop Séamus […]

Diocese of Derry announces the death of Bishop Seamus Hegarty RIP

With sadness we announce the passing from this world of Seamus Hegarty, Bishop Emeritus of Derry and former Bishop of Raphoe, who died after an illness in Letterkenny University Hospital, Co Donegal.  Bishop Hegarty was born on 26 January 1940.  Funeral arrangements to follow.   May he rest in peace.  Amen.  ENDS For media contact: […]

“Prayer competition for Ploughing shows desire to dig deeper for Christ” – Bishop Nulty

Following three days at the National Ploughing Championship, Bishop Denis Nulty expressed his delight at how visitors to Stand 399 had engaged with the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin’s outreach.   Bishop Nulty said, “There was great excitement surrounding the search for Ireland’s Favourite Prayer and visitors to the stand voted in their droves to […]

Bishops’ Council for Justice & Peace stands in solidarity with young people on climate action

“My key message today is: wherever we call home it is incumbent on all of us to live responsibly, and in a sustainable way, always thinking of our neighbour” – Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ Tomorrow, Friday 20 September, representatives of the Council for Justice and Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference will take to […]

Ireland’s favourite prayer to be decided at the ‘Ploughing’

“Farming community is the backbone of our rural parishes” – Bishop Nulty Blessed salt to be distributed to visitors to ‘Stand 399’ Visitors to the 88th National Ploughing Championships are being invited to vote for Ireland’s favourite prayer as part of the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin’s presence at this year’s event. Bishop Denis Nulty, […]

Fifteen students begin their studies for the priesthood for Irish dioceses

Fifteen seminarians have begun their formation and academic programme for 2019 – 2020.  The new students are currently in formation in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth and the Pontifical Beda College, Rome; with a number beginning their propaedeutic programme in other locations in Ireland and abroad.  This brings to 68 the total number studying for the […]

Homily of Bishop Kevin Doran for the National Pilgrimage of the Catholic Grandparents Association to Knock Shrine

From time to time, since I was first ordained as a priest, I have been asked to move from one parish or pastoral situation to another.  There has always been a certain amount of sadness in saying goodbye to people but, over the years, some of those relationships have become real friendships, and have remained […]

Edward M Kennedy Lecture at the Kennedy Summer School by Archbishop Eamon Martin: ‘What is the role of faith in our politics?’

Saint Michael’s Theatre, New Ross, Co Wexford Forty years ago this month, Pope John Paul II came to Ireland.  I was just beginning my last year in school at Saint Columb’s College, Derry.  It was a tense time.  In the three months leading up to the pope’s visit, 36 people were killed in the Troubles […]

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