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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 […]

Diocese of Cloyne to host afternoon for men considering priesthood

The Diocese of Cloyne is inviting men considering priesthood to an afternoon of prayer, reflection and information in Mercy Centre, Mallow, Co Cork on Sunday 23 October. The afternoon session will begin at 2.30pm and will conclude at 5.00pm. It will be facilitated by members of the Vocations Team in the Diocese of Cloyne. The […]

Bishops announce new National Vocations Office

At the conclusion of their Autumn General Meeting in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare, bishops announced their decision to establish a National Vocations Office and said that they had progressed their discussion on a national vocations initiative in 2017. The bishops confirmed that the National Vocations Office will offer support, networking and training to […]

Bishop Donal McKeown: Vocations in Ireland – Moving Forward

Vocations in Ireland – Moving Forward was the theme of the address given by Bishop Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry, to the recent conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors which took place in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare, from 9-11 June. We include below the full text of Bishop McKeown’s address:   From the divine […]