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New prayer initiative for vocations to coincide with centenary of Fatima apparitions

#Pray4Vocations Vocations Sunday was marked in Ireland this year with the launch of a new vocations prayer initiative – #Pray4Vocations. 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. To coincide with this event the Bishops’ Council for Vocations in collaboration with Saint Joseph’s Young Priests Society, the Knights of Saint […]

Faithcast podcast features interview on new vocations prayer initiative

Faithcast is the new weekly faith podcast from, the news source for the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Presented by Brenda Drumm, Faithcast is a mixture of interviews and news snippets from the Catholic Church in Ireland. In this week’s episode of Faithcast, Brenda speaks to Father Willie Purcell, National Coordinator for Diocesan Vocations about […]

The Big April Ask: Pope Francis seeks the views of young Irish Catholics

Pope Francis has proposed that the next Synod of Bishops will focus on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. Addressing young people directly last January, Pope Francis said, “I am pleased to announce that in October 2018 a Synod of Bishops will take place to treat the topic: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”. […]

Three seminarians from the Pontifical Irish College, Rome ordained as deacons

Three seminarians from the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, were ordained deacons on Easter Tuesday, 18 April, by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, at the Church of Saint Alphonsus on the Via Merulana in Rome. Rev James Daly (57), originally from Midleton, Co Cork, a former parish pastoral worker and teacher, and Rev Robert Smyth […]

Bishop Smith invites clergy to renew their priestly vows

Almost 100 priests from the Diocese of Meath joined Bishop Michael Smith for the annual Chrism Mass, during which the clergy renewed their priestly vows. “Faith calls us to walk in a way that does not always conform to the prevailing fashions of the age” Bishop Smith told the priests and asked the full Cathedral […]

Pope Francis’ homily at Holy Thursday Chrism Mass

Pope Francis on Thursday presided over the Chrism Mass, during which the sacred oils used for the Sacraments and Ordinations were blessed. In his homily for the Mass, the Holy Father spoke about the “joy of the Gospel”. He explored three “icons” of the good news: the stone water jars at the wedding feast of […]