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Clerical Changes 2018

Raphoe Clerical Changes 2018


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Most Rev. Alan McGuckian, SJ, Bishop of Raphoe, has announced the following clergy appointments in the diocese.

-          Canon Dinny McGettigan, PP, Raphoe retires after 53 years of priestly ministry in the Diocese.

-          Fr Eamonn Kelly , Adm, Conwal and Leck to be PP, Raphoe.

-          Mgr Kevin Gillespie, CC, Conwal & Leck to be ADM, Conwal & Leck and Vicar Forane.

-          Canon Francis McAteer, retires as PP of Carrick to be AP, Glencolmcille.

-          Fr Denis Quinn, PP, Falcarragh to be PP Carrick.

-          Fr James Gillespie, CC, Irish Martyrs, Letterkenny to be PP, Falcarragh.

-          Fr Brendan Ward returns from Rome to be CC, Irish Martyrs and Official of the Derry Marriage Tribunal.

-          Fr Paul McGeehan, CC, Glencolmcille to be CC Glenvar.

-          Fr Damian Nejad returns from being on loan to Dromore Diocese to be CC, Conwal and Leck.

Appointments take effect on the 20th August 2018

Knock Pilgrimage 2018

The Anuual Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine

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will take place on Saturday 18th August 2018.

The Pilgrimage will be led by  Most Rev Alan McGuckian, SJ, Bishop of Raphoe.

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Pastoral Letter 2018

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Bishop Alan McGuckian, SJ has written a Pastoral Letter called "Right to LIfe".

it is availbale by click on the links:

English copy of Pastoral Letter

Irish version of Pastoral Letter

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A new website is under construction at present.

this site may not be up to date.

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Christmas Message 2017

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Christmas Message 2017

Most Rev Alan McGuckian, SJ, Bishop of Raphoe

Christmas and the Scandal of Christianity

‘The Word became flesh and lived among us’ must be the sentence that encapsulates more powerfully than any other the shocking presumption of Christian faith. For non-believers who give the Christian claim any serious thought it has to seem at best ridiculous and at worst scandalous. It is indeed really shocking; the eternal God chose to become one of his own creatures and share our lot.

Since He took on human flesh then human flesh can never be looked on in the same way again. As human beings we all , without exception, have something in common with the Son of God. For that reason, all of our lives have infinite value. Because of Christmas it is simply not permissible to disdain any human life, my own or my neighbour’s. We all have a brother in common and he is the Son of God. We have a brother in common with the families who have suffered repossession of their house during this year, with the Rohingya people who have been driven from their homeland, with victims of crime and with criminals. We have a divine brother in common with the member of our own family from whom we are estranged.

Christian Solidarity and the Family

The reach of Christian solidarity is infinite. It includes the tiny innocent waiting to be born and the soul that has grown hard and bitter with the stresses of life. Our lives are a constant invitation to grow into the solidarity that Christmas signifies.

The place where we first begin to learn about this solidarity is in our families. During the coming year we in Ireland will have opportunities to reflect on the importance of family, culminating in the World Meeting of Families in Dublin from 22nd to the 26th of August.

It is my prayer in my first Christmas in Raphoe that we will all open our hearts to the shocking, scandalous, truth of Christmas and learn to make our families, with all their weaknesses and strengths, centres of that solidarity that Jesus came to establish on earth.

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