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Launch of Catholic Schools Week in Ennis

THE national launch of Catholic Schools Week will take place in St Flannan’s College, Ennis on Wednesday at 10.30am. Bishop Fintan Monahan, Bishop of Killaloe, and local school principals will be in attendance along with student representatives and representatives from the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Catholic Schools Week is an All-Ireland annual event, which invites Catholic schools to give expression in a special way to the ethos of Catholic education. Catholic Schools Week runs from January 28 to February 4. This year’s theme for Catholic Schools Week connects with the upcoming World Meeting of Families due to take place in Dublin in August. The week invites Catholic schools to reflect on and celebrate the relationship that exists between home, school and parish with the theme; “Catholic Schools: Called to be a Family of Families” On Sunday, February 4, Bishop Monahan will be the chief celebrant at mass for the conclusion of Catholic Schools Week 2018.  This mass will be broadcast …

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School chaplain becomes Bishop of Killaloe

Forty-nine-year-old Fr Fintan Monahan was appointed Bishop to the Diocese of Killaloe on Friday morning (July 29), a see that had been vacant for more than a year and a half. At the same time, His Holiness Pope Francis accepted the retirement of Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora, Martin Drennan, on grounds of ill health and on medical advice. Fr Monahan has been chaplain to St Jarlath’s College and Tuam diocesan secretary for the past 10 years. His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Fr Fintan Monahan as the new Bishop of Killaloe at midday in the Vatican, 11am Irish time. Fr Monahan spoke at the Cathedral of Ss Peter and Paul in Ennis this morning, where he was formally introduced to local parishioners. Also in attendance was His Excellency Archbishop Charles J Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland; Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly (and formerly Bishop of Killaloe); Bishop William Walsh, Bishop Emeritus of …

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Fr Des brushes off bishop talk

NEWLY appointed Killaloe Diocesan Administrator, Fr Des Hillery, has dismissed suggestions that he may have an interest in succeeding Bishop Kieran O’Reilly, who is now Archbishop of Cashel and Emly. A native of Miltown Malbay, Fr Hillery has been parish priest of Nenagh for two and a half years, prior to which he served as a Columban missionary in Lima, Peru for seven years. “We’re not going there. I’m coming back to Nenagh. We’re not going down that road,” Fr Hillery quipped when asked if he is interested in the vacancy. “My focus is certainly here in Nenagh. It’s a very fine parish; the people are extremely good to me. I certainly enjoy where I am and I intend staying here,” he added. The most controversial aspect of Bishop O’Reilly’s tenure was the issue over the proposed exclusion of women from the diaconate. Last September, following a number of public meetings, the then Bishop of Killaloe said he was delaying …

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Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe consecrated in Christ Church Cathedral

The Consecration of Kenneth Kearon as Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe took place in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin on Saturday. The service was led by the Archbishop of Dublin, The Most Reverend Dr Michael Jackson, and the Bishop of Meath and Kildare, The Most Revd Pat Storey, and the Bishop of Tuam and Killala, The Right Reverend Patrick Rooke, were co–consecrators. The preacher at the service was a friend of Bishop Kearon, the Most Revd Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales. As well as Archbishop Morgan and a number of serving and retired bishops of the Church of Ireland – including The Right Reverend Sam Poyntz, the new bishop’s father–in–law – Bishop Kearon’s consecration brought together a large number of attendees from across the Church of Ireland, the wider Anglican Communion and, notably, the Methodist Church in Ireland also. The President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, the Revd Peter Murray, along with the Revd Donald Ker, former President …

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Pope appoints Bishop O’Reilly new Archbishop of Cashel

  Bishop Kieran O’Reilly is looking forward to dealing with new challenges following his appointment as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly. The former Bishop of Killaloe was promoted to Archbishop of Cashel and Emly-Elect by Pope Francis on Saturday in succession to Archbishop Dermot Clifford, who submitted his resignation on completion of his 75th year of age. Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly will remain on as Killaloe Diocese administrator until he is installed as archbishop in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles early in 2015. While no definite date has been confirmed concerning his installation as archbishop, it is expected he will be installed on February 8 next. “A new appointment brings with it new challenges but with the support of all those who will collaborate with me in my ministry in Cashel and Emly I know that we will rise to meet those challenges. ”My first task will be to come to know the Archdiocese, its people, its religious and its …

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Married men to fill priest role

MARRIED men could preside over baptisms, weddings, funerals and other Catholic Church ceremonies in Clare in the coming years, after the Bishop of Killaloe opened the door for permanent deacons in the diocese. Deacons, according to Bishop Kieran O’Reilly, “will be ordained to work alongside priests and lay ministers, not to replace them”. Married candidates “must be over 35 years old” and have “the formal consent of his wife, who also participates in the formation programme”. Unmarried men, over the age of 25, may also become deacons but must make “a solemn promise of celibacy”. The move was described by Bishop O’Reilly, in a pastoral letter read in parishes around the county at the weekend, as a “restoration” of the Permanent Diaconate. He is inviting men, who are involved in “pastoral leadership in the diocese and believe that the Lord is calling them to the ministry of the Permanent Diaconate, to present themselves to the diocese and so begin a …

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