Episcopal Ordination of Father Kevin Doran as Bishop of Elphin

08 Jul 2014

You, or a representative, are invited to attend the Episcopal Ordination Mass of Father Kevin Doran as Bishop of Elphin.  Details:

Venue                         The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo

Date and time        Sunday 13 July 2014 at 5.30pm

In attendance        Laity, religious, clergy, family and guests

Episcopal Ordination Mass

The Principal Ordaining Bishop will be Bishop Christopher Jones.  He will be assisted by His Excellency Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland and Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam.  Canon Liam Devine of the Parish of Saints Peter and Paul, Athlone, Co Westmeath, will preach the homily.  All priests in attendance at the ordination – from Elphin, Dublin, other dioceses and religious congregations – have been invited to concelebrate the Mass.

 Media arrangements

Accreditation: Journalists who wish to attend the Episcopal Ordination Mass should contact Fiona Foley on [email protected] before 5.00pm on 9 July in order to apply for media accreditation.

Photographs and cameras: On behalf of the Diocese of Elphin Ms Clare-Frances Cassells will be the designated photographer on the Ordination day.  Requests by media for photographs can be made by telephoning 085 704 7080 and by email [email protected]  During the Episcopal Ordination Mass a reserved area for media cameras will be made available in the Cathedral.

Media Centre: At 4.30 pm on the Ordination day Martin Long of the Catholic Communications Office, Maynooth, will be available to brief journalists at the dedicated media centre in Gillooly Hall (opposite the Cathedral).  The media centre will be open until after the Mass and it will offer internet access and refreshments.  Hard copies of the homily, other addresses from the Mass and the ordination booklet will be available here.


Notes to Editors

His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Father Kevin Doran as Bishop of Elphin on 14 May 2014.  The Diocese of Elphin has 37 parishes, 90 churches and a population of over 70,000.  The diocese includes portions of counties Roscommon, Sligo, Westmeath, and Galway.  The patrons of the diocese are Saint Asicus (27 April) and Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (8 December).

Life and ministry  Kevin P Doran was born on 26 June 1953 to parents Joseph Doran and Marie Brady (both died in 2002).  He has two siblings Colette and Patricia.  Father Doran was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Dublin.  Father Doran began his seminary formation from 1970 – 1974 in Holy Cross Seminary, Dublin, and from 1974 – 1977 in the Pontifical Irish College, Rome.  Father Doran was ordained a Deacon on 6 May 1976 in the Pontifical Irish College by the late Bishop Dominic Conway (former Bishop of Elphin, 1971 – 1994) in Rome, and was ordained a priest on 6 July 1977 by Bishop Patrick Dunne, in Our Lady of Victories Church, Sallynoggin, Dublin.

Academic record Father Doran’s attended University College Dublin, from 1971- 1974 was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and French.  He attended Pontifical Gregorian University 1974 – 1977, STB Theology, University College, Dublin, 1985 – 1987, MA, Philosophy, Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Rome) 1991-1995, PhD, Philosophy

Professional qualifications University College Dublin, 1978 – 1979, Higher Diploma in Education.  Father Doran speaks Italian and French fluently.  He has good reading standard and comprehension in the Irish language, but would be less fluent in conversation.

Positions held (current) 2008, Diocesan Director for the Permanent Diaconate. 2013, Administrator, Sacred Heart Parish, Donnybrook

Positions held (previous) 1977 – 1980, Catechist / Chaplain, Ringsend Technical Institute, Dublin City VEC , Diocesan Education Secretariat (Advisor VEC Schools) 1980 – 1990; Occasional Teacher of Midwifery Ethics, Coombe Womens’ Hospital, 1983 – 1990 Chaplain, University College Dublin, 1990 – 1995 Spiritual Director, Pontifical Irish College, Rome, Irish Episcopal Conference.  1995 – 1998 Curate, Our Lady of perpetual Succour, Foxrock (Dublin), 1995 – 2001 Lecturer (Philosophy & Catholic Social Teaching) Mater Dei Institute of Education, 1995 – 2003  Occasional Teacher of Midwifery Ethics, National Maternity Hospital, 1996 – 2011 Catholic Bishops’ Committee for Bioethics, (Secretary) Irish Episcopal Conference, 1997 – 2012 Member, Ethics Committee Saint Vincent’s Psychiatric Hospital, 1998 – 2006 Diocesan Director of Vocations.  1998 – 2005 Parish Chaplain, Saint Anthony’s, Clontarf, 2000 – 2006 National Co-ordinator for Diocesan Vocations , Irish Episcopal Conference, 2001 – 2007 Lecturer (Philosophy, & Catholic Social Teaching) Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy. 2001 – 2013 Member, Board of Governors Mater Misericordiae & Childrens’ University Hospital, 2001- 2013 Member, Board of Directors Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, 2003 – 2006Coordinator, European Vocations Service (EVS) Elected (approved CCEE) 2005 – 2013 Consultor, Congregation for Catholic Education, 2005 – 2009 Parish Priest (Saint Kevin’s, Glendalough), 2009 – 2012 Parish Chaplain (Saint Vincent de Paul, Marino), 2008 – 2012 Secretary General, 50th International. Eucharistic Congress.


a.         Books:

(1996) Solidarity: A Synthesis of Personalism and Communalism in the thought of Karol Wojtyla / Pope John Paul II. New York, Peter Lang.

(1989).  What is a Person? New York: Edwin Mellen Press.

(1988).  More Joy in Heaven: The Sacrament of Reconciliation. Dublin: Veritas.

b.         Articles and Pamphlets:

(2012)  ‘Communion Fosters Solidarity’ published in Intercom magazine, January 2012

(2012)  ‘Saint Kevin’s Way: A One Day Camino to Glendalough’ in Treasures of Irish Christianity, (Ed. Salvador Ryan and Brendan Leahy), Dublin: Veritas, 2012

(2010)  ‘At a Time Like This?’ in Intercom, March 2010

(2010)  ‘When Eucharist Becomes Communion’ in Intercom, June 2010

(2004)  ‘European Vocations Service’ in Seminarium

(2004) ‘Informed Consent and Medical Research’ in Studies

(2004)  ‘The Eucharist and the Priesthood’ in The Sheaf

(2002)  ‘Faith and Freedom in the thought of Karol Wojtyla’ in The Challenge of Truth: Reflections on Fides et Ratio Ratio (Ed. James McEvoy). Dublin: Veritas

(2001)  ‘Solidarity in a Single Human Family: The Church and the Challenge of Racism,’ in Responding to Racism. Dublin: Irish Commission for Justice and Peace

(1992) ‘Aquinas and the New Europe,’ in New Blackfriars

(1992) ‘Rerum Novarum – or Just the Same Old Things Again’ in The Furrow

(1989) ‘Government, Necessity and the Acceptance of Responsibility,” in Studies

(1989) ‘Economic Development and Gospel Values’ in Doctrine and Life

(1989) ‘Person – A Key Concept for Ethics’ in Linacre Quarterly

(1988) ‘Family and Faith Community’ in Fusion or Fission?: Ireland’s Option for the Family, Brandsma Press

(1988) ‘Approach to National Recovery’ in The Furrow

(1987) The Wanted Child and In-Vitro Fertilisation Dublin: Veritas

(1985) Church and State – A Healthy Tension Dublin: Veritas

Media: A significant contributor of articles to the print media and an experienced participant in radio and television (national and international) under the headings of bioethics; vocations; the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Ireland in 2012.

For media contact:

–          Media Coordinator for the Diocese of Elphin, Fiona Foley on 00 353 (0) 86 826 8266

–          Catholic Communications Office, Maynooth, Martin Long on 00353 (0) 86 172 7678 and Brenda Drumm 00353 (0) 87 310 4444