Bishop Philip Boyce, OCD

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Bishop Boyce was born in Downings, Co. Donegal on the 25th January 1940. Educated at Derryhassen school in Meevagh (Downings) parish and at Castlremartyr College, Co. Cork.

He joined the noviciate of the Discalced Carmelites in Loughrea, Co. Galway, making his first profession in 1959. Having completed philosophical studies in Dublin, he studied theology at the Teresianum in Rome, where he was ordained on the 17th April 1966. He received a doctorate in theology (DD) in 1977 with a dissertation the spirituality of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

During his twenty years on the teaching staff of the Pontifical Theological Faculty of the Carmelites in Rome, he taught spirituality and dogmatic theology, and for many years was engaged in the work of formation of students preparing for the priesthood or doing postgraduate studies.

Bishop Boyce was ordained Bishop of Raphoe on 1st October 1995 in the Cathedral of Saints Eunan and Columba.

His Motto “In the Service of Mother Church” is of Carmelite origin. It sums up the mission he sees entrusted to him in the Episcopal ministry: one of service to the people of God in the diocese of Raphoe and to the whole family of the Church.

Bishop Boyce retired as Bishop of Raphoe on 6th August 2017.


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