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Bishop Denis Nulty’s homily at the Ordination of Joseph Yang Shuai

This is the homily of Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, at the ordination of Joseph Yang Shuai to the priesthood for missionary service with the Divine Word Missionaries in St Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaosie. During his introduction Bishop Denis said, “It is no accident that the Church of Portlaoise is dedicated […]

Former Manchester United footballer ordained as priest

The former Northern Ireland and Manchester United footballer Philip Mulryne has been ordained a priest for the Dominican Order (Order of Preachers) by Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia OP. Archbishop Augustine Di Noia is Assistant Secretary at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and he travelled from Rome for the ordination ceremony which […]

Homily of Bishop Donal McKeown for the Ordination Mass of Rev Charles Lafferty

  Saint Mary’s Church, Ardmore, Derry “The priest is ordained to do three things: to preach the Gospel, to celebrate the sacraments and to lead … your celibate and modest self-style is not a source of personal pride but a counter-cultural prophetic act about what really liberates us” – Bishop McKeown In Saint Peter’s Square, […]

Ireland’s youngest priest, 25-year-old Father David Vard, ordained in Newbridge

Ireland’s youngest priest, 25-year-old Father David Vard, was ordained in his hometown of Newbridge by Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin on Sunday 25 June. A past pupil of the Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge,  Father Vard entered the national seminary at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth after completing his Leaving Certificate in 2010. Father David has been […]

Homily delivered by Bishop Noel Treanor at the Ordination of Rev Manuelito Muga Milo

St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast  A day of joy and thanksgiving Today, St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast, is a temple of joy and thanksgiving as we gather for the ordination to the priesthood of Manuelito Muga Milo, son of Maria Victoria Milo and Danilo Milo, brother of Vichristian and Emmanuel, who with Ruben and their entire family circle celebrate with us […]

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 […]