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Bishops alarmed at rush to remove rights of the most vulnerable

  With the thousands of others who have voiced their concern in recent days, we wish to express our alarm at the unprecedented way in which the Westminster Parliament has used the Northern Ireland (Executive Formation) Bill to rush through legislation which will have a devastating impact on the right to life of unborn children. […]

Media Diary Notice: Father Michael Router to be ordained as Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh on Sunday

Media Diary Notice for Sunday 21 July 2019: Father Michael Router to be ordained as Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh on Sunday You, or a representative, are invited to attend the celebration of Mass for the Episcopal Ordination of Father Michael Router, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Armagh.  Details: Date and Time: 3.00pm on Sunday 21 […]

Statement of Archbishop Michael Neary on the retirement of Bishop John Kirby

For the past 31 years, John Kirby has been Bishop of Clonfert.  It has been a privilege to serve with him in the Episcopate. As a member of the Irish Episcopal Conference he had a special interest in social issues, national and international.  For many years he utilised his academic and pastoral skills, directing Trócaire […]

Speaking notes of Bishop-elect Michael Duignan on his appointment to the Diocese of Clonfert  

Good Morning! Thank you for coming here today, I very much appreciate your warm welcome. “Quo Vadis” After His Excellency, Archbishop Okolo, broke the news to me that the Holy Father would like me to become the next Bishop of Clonfert to say I was shocked, would be an understatement. Leaving the Nunciature on the […]

Archbishop Eamon Martin congratulates Bishop-elect Michael Duignan on his appointment to the Diocese of Clonfert

Archbishop Eamon Martin has congratulated Father Michael Duignan of the Diocese of Elphin on his appointment by Pope Francis as Bishop of Clonfert.  Archbishop Eamon also expressed his gratitude to Bishop John Kirby whose resignation as Bishop of Clonfert was accepted by Pope Francis. Archbishop Eamon said, “I want to offer my prayerful congratulations and […]

Statement of Archbishop Michael Neary on the appointment of Father Michael Duignan as Bishop of Clonfert  

Joining with the bishops of the Metropolitan Province of Tuam, I extend a very warm welcome to Rev. Michael Duignan on his appointment to succeed Bishop John Kirby as Bishop of Clonfert.  Father Michael brings varied gifts of Theology, teaching experience at Saint Angela’s in Sligo together with administrative skills as Chancellor and Diocesan Secretary.  […]

Statement by Bishop John Kirby welcoming Bishop-elect Duignan to the Diocese of Clonfert

At the time of my appointment as bishop in April 1988, Ronald Reagan was President of the U.S.A. Mikael Gorbachev was in charge of the U.S.S.R. and the Berlin Wall looked impregnable.   As all these have changed, it is inevitable that there is a change in Clonfert as well!   After a little over 31 years since my appointment […]

Bishop Kevin Doran welcomes appointment of Father Michael Duignan as Bishop of Clonfert

I am delighted to hear the news that Pope Francis has appointed Dr. Michael Duignan to be the next Bishop of Clonfert. I have known Father Michael for over twenty-five years, and we worked together on the formation of Permanent Deacons long before my appointment as Bishop of Elphin. Father Michael, who is one of […]

Pope Francis appoints Father Michael Duignan as Bishop of Clonfert  

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Father Michael Duignan, a priest of the Diocese of Elphin, as the new Bishop of Clonfert. The news of this announcement is embargoed and will be made public today at 12.00 noon in the Vatican (11.00am Irish time). Bishop-elect Duignan will concelebrate Mass at 11.00am this morning in Saint […]

Homily of Bishop Larry Duffy for the Golden Jubilee of ordination to the priesthood of Bishop Liam MacDaid

Two weeks ago, we celebrated here the ordination of Father Kevin Connolly. In our joy, we prayed that he would be a faithful servant of Christ. Today, we gather to give thanks for fifty years of faithful service by Bishop Liam MacDaid. Gratitude is our overwhelming feeling; gratitude for God’s call and for Bishop Liam’s […]

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