Bishop Philip Boyce to celebrate Mass for the Feast day of Saint Columba

08 Jun 2017

You, or a representative, are invited to attend the Cathedral of Saints Eunan and Columba, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, for 10.00am Mass tomorrow, Friday 9 June, to celebrate the feast day of Saint Columba, a patron saint of the Diocese of Raphoe and the Secondary Patron of Ireland.  Bishop Philip Boyce OCD, Bishop of Raphoe, will be the chief celebrant and homilist for this Mass.

After Mass Bishop Boyce will make a significant announcement for the Diocese of Raphoe.

Live streaming of the celebration of this Mass will be available on  All are welcome.              


  • The Diocese of Raphoe includes the greater part of Co Donegal.  The Patron Saints of the diocese are Saint Eunan and Saint Columba.  According to the Irish Catholic Directory 2017 the diocese has a Catholic population of 83,050 and consists of 33 parishes and 71 churches.  There are 56 diocesan priests in active ministry in the diocese and 19 others who are currently working in other dioceses, retired, on study or on sick leave.  Living and working in the diocese, from religious congregations, there are 10 priests, 2 Brothers and 30 Sisters.  The Bishop of Raphoe is patron of 100 primary schools, and there are 20 voluntary secondary schools and State schools in the diocese.  

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