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Celebrating One Year to the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Knock

We invite you and all your family to come along to the launch of the one-year programme of preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018, which will take place at the Knock Shrine, County Mayo, on Monday 21st August 2017 on the Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady in Knock. This day of celebration will include liturgical moments, the celebration of the Eucharist, workshops, as well as faith and fun activities for all the family. The WMOF2018 Icon of the Holy Family will be unveiled and anointed at Mass in the Basilica at 3pm and then begin its journey around the dioceses of Ireland. Please join us in Knock that day with all your family! We look forward to welcoming families from every diocese across the country for this special celebration. More information: www.worldmeeting2018.ie

 
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Bishop Alan McGuckian, SJ

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Alexander Aloysius (Alan) McGuckian SJ

                        Fr Alan McGuckian was born in 1953, the youngest of six children of the late Brian and Pauline McGuckian in Cloughmills, Co. Antrim.

Schooling in Cloughmills and in St MacNissis College, Garron Tower was followed by a year of First Arts in Queens University, Belfast, where he studied Irish and Scholastic Philosophy.

Tháinig sé go Rann na Feirste den chéad uair sa bhliain 1968 agus tá sé ag teacht go rialta chuig Gaeltacht Dhún na nGall ó shin.

In October 1972 he joined the Jesuit novitiate in Clontarf in Dublin. His training for the priesthood involved Philosophy in the Milltown Institute in Dublin and Theology in the Toronto School of Theology.

After ordination to the priesthood in 1984 Fr Alan worked in secondary education for four years in Clongowes Wood College. In the 1990s he ran the Jesuit Communication Centre in Dublin. During this period he was involved in setting up the web sites www.sacredspace.ie and www.catholicireland.net. Along with Mr Tony Bolger he set up Church Resources and Church Services TV. San am céanna bhí sé ag obair in earnáil na Gaeilge mar Eagarthóir ar An Timire agus Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta.

I mBéal Feirste dóó 2006 bhí sé ag tabhairt seirbhís seiplíneachta do chuid mhór Gaelscoileanna agus ag freastal ar Phobal an Aifrinn Ghaeilge.

Fr Alan served for a few years as Chaplain in the University of Ulster at Jordanstown and Belfast.

For the last six years he has worked closely with the Diocese of Down and Connor in the Living Church project. This began in 2011 with a Listening Process in all 87 parishes which led to the publication of a document known as the Living Church Report in 2012. On foot of this report Bishop Treanor asked Fr Alan to set up and lead the Living Church Office whose goal has been to make concrete the hopes and aspirations expressed first of all in the Living Church Report and then in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. One element of the Plan was the establishment of the Permanent Diaconate.

In recent years a key element of the work of the Living Church has been the rolling out of Facilitative and Discerning Leadership training which aims to foster a culture of co-responsibility for the mission of the church between clergy and laity.

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'Is é Dia atá ag spreagadh idir rún agus ghníomh ionaibh de réir a dhea-thola féin.' Fil. 2:13

The left half of Bishop Alan's crest is the arms of the diocese of Raphoe which dates from the Middle Ages: the sun is a symbol of God in many religions but especially, for us, of Christ who was foretold as the 'rising sun of righteousness' (Mal. 4:2, Lk. 1:78). The Red Cross is one of the many forms of the chief Christian symbol of salvation. The right half includes, on a blue background, the seal of the Society of Jesus and the scallop shell of the pilgrim of Santiago. In Catholic heraldry the chevron stands for the rafter that holds up the roof of the church. Here it represents Mary Mother and protector of the pilgrim Church on earth. The argent (silver) denotes her transparency or purity.

The motto 'Et velle et perficere' represents a powerful section of Chapter 2 of the Letter to the Philippians:

'It is God for his own loving purpose, who puts both the will and the action into you. Do all that has to be done without complaining or arguing and then you will be innocent and genuine, perfect children of God among a deceitful and underhand brood, and you will shine in the world like bright stars because you will be offering it the word of life.' (Philippians 2:13-16)

 

 

 
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine

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The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Saturday 19th August 2017.

The Pilgrimage will be led by Bishop Philip Boyce, OCD, Bishop Emeritus of Raphoe.

 

Full details of the Annual Novena in Knock can be found on www.knock-shrine.ie

 

Poster for Raphoe pilgriamge is available here

 
New Bishop of Raphoe

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Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Raphoe Fr Alan McGuckian, SJ with Bishop Philip Boyce, OCD,  Bishop of Raphoe

The Diocese of Raphoe is delighted to announce our new Bishop. Welcome.

 

  • Please see below an overview of the life and ministry of Bishop-elect McGuckian SJ:

 

Date of Birth:              26 February 1953

Place of Birth:             Cloughmills, Co Antrim

1971 – 1972:               Queen’s University College, Belfast

                                    (Irish and Philosophy)

21 October 1972         Entered the Novitiate of the Society of Jesus

1974 – 1977                National University of Ireland, University College Dublin

                                    B.A. (Latin and Spanish)

1977-1979                   Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy, Dublin

                                    B. Phil.

1981 – 1985                Regis College, Toronto, Canada

                                    M. Divinity STL

22 June 1984               Priestly Ordination

15 February 1997        Final Profession

Appointments:

Teacher, Clongowes Wood College, Co Kildare

Director of Vocations

1992 – 2003:               Director of the Jesuit Communications Centre

2012 – to date:            Director of the Living Church Office,

                                    Diocese of Down and Connor

2014 – 2017:               Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate

                                    Diocese of Down and Connor

 

Father Alan McGuckian was born in 1953, the youngest of six children of the late Brian and Pauline McGuckian in Cloughmills, Co Antrim.  Two of his brothers, Fathers Bernard and Michael are also Jesuit priests.  His sister Mary Dynan lives in Newry and his brother John B McGuckian lives in Cloughmills.  His other sister, Paula Haughey died in 2013.

Schooling in Cloughmills and in Saint MacNissi’s College, Garron Tower was followed by a year of First Arts in Queen’s University, Belfast, where he studied Irish and Scholastic Philosophy.

A love for the Irish language brought him to Rann na Feirste for the first time in 1968 and he has been a regular visitor to the Donegal Gaeltacht ever since.

In October 1972 he joined the Jesuit novitiate in Clontarf in Dublin.

Father McGuckian has studied languages and has a BA in Latin and Spanish from UCD and an MA in Irish Translation from QUB.  His training for the priesthood involved Philosophy in the Milltown Institute in Dublin and Theology in the Toronto School of Theology (M.Div and STL).

After ordination to the priesthood in 1984, Father McGuckian worked in secondary education for four years in Clongowes Wood College SJ.

After that came a six month period of spiritual renewal in southern India and an experience of serving in a shanty town in Quezon City in the Philippines.

In the 1990s Father McGuckian ran the Jesuit Communication Centre in Dublin.  During this period he was involved in setting up the web sites www.sacredspace.ie and www.catholicireland.net.  Along with Mr Tony Bolger he set up Church Resources and Church Services TV.   At the same time his commitment to the Irish language led him to serve for over ten years as editor of both An Timire and Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta.  Later, when already living in Belfast, he translated the autobiography of Saint Ignatius Loyola from the Spanish original into the Irish language under the title Scéal an Oilithrigh (Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta).

In 2011 he collaborated with Philip Orr in writing the drama 1912; one hundred years on, marking the centenary of the fateful year that saw the Home Rule Bill accepted by the House of Commons and the signing of the Ulster Covenant.

In Belfast, Father McGuckian has served as chaplain to many of the Gaelscoileanna in the Diocese of Down and Connor and was, for a few years, Chaplain in the University of Ulster at Jordanstown and Belfast.

For the last six years Father McGuckian has worked closely with the Diocese of Down and Connor in the ‘Living Church’ project.  This began in 2011 with a Listening Process which aimed to hear the hopes and fears of the priests, religious and the lay faithful in all 87 parishes.  This process led to the publication of a document known as the Living Church Report in 2012.  On foot of this report Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor, asked Father McGuckian to set up and lead the Living Church Office whose goal has been to make concrete the hopes and aspirations expressed first of all in the Living Church Report and then in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan which was commissioned by Bishop Treanor.

In recent years Father McGuckian and his team have worked closely with clergy and laity in the establishment of Pastoral Communities all across the Diocese of Down and Connor.  In the Pastoral Communities parishes will work to co-operate more closely together pooling energies and resources to support each other into the future.  A key element of this work has been the rolling out of ‘Facilitative and Discerning Leadership’ training which aims to foster a culture of co-responsibility for the mission of the Church between clergy and laity.

  • Bishop Philip Boyce OCD

Bishop Boyce was born in Downings, Co Donegal on 25 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 17 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 1 October 1995 in the Cathedral of Saints Eunan and Columba.  His Episcopal 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.

In terms of his responsibilities with the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Boyce is a member of the Commission for Worship, Pastoral Renewal and Faith Development; the Council for Clergy; the Council for Doctrine, and the Council for Liturgy. 

                                                        

For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Katie Crosby 00353 (1) 505 3017 and in Letterkenny, Martin Long 00353 (0) 86 172 7678

 
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