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Press Release: Saturday 2nd February 2013.

Day for Consecrated Life

To Celebrate the Day of Consecrated Life in the Diocese of Raphoe,

A Mass will be held on the 2nd February 2013 (the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord) at 5pm in the Franciscan Friary, Rossnowlagh.


This Celebration gives thanks to God for the vocation of each one and for the generous, faifthful response and contribution Religious give in your particular calling and charism to the Church and the Diocese.

There will be the renewal of vows and prayers for vocations at this Mass.

Please pray for all Religous in the Diocese.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick

11th Febraury - Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes,

World Day of Prayer for the Sick



(11 FEBRUARY 2013)

“Go and do likewise” (Lk 10:37)

Year of Faith

Bishop Boyce has issued a Pastoral Letter for the Year of Faith


New Books

Two new books have been published by Very Rev John J Silke and Moira Hughes

 Raphoe Miscellany 1 & From Courleigh to Creeslough

In Raphoe Miscellany I the Raphoe Diocesan Archive offer to the public a mélange of material from archival and other sources, ranging from early times to the present.  The work provides a vivid insight into the life of the ancient diocese.  Among matters treated of are Tír Conaill, 734-1250; the first bishops of Raphoe; Scarriffhollis 1650, etc. 

From Courleigh to Creeslough tells the remarkable story how JJ Silke who came to Donegal from Paulstown, Co Kilkenny, based at Creeslough, transformed a lowly graded Irish Seed Potato into an international renowned delicacy.  Among his signal achievements were the growing of the world’s record yield (over 35 tons per statute acre) in 1929 and the winning of the Derby Gold Medal in 1944, the first and only Irishman to do so.

            Each book costs €10 available at Bishop’s House (074 9121208) and Diocesan Archive (074 9161109; email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Ards Friary Bookshop and other good book outlets in Letterkenny.


            The above two books were launched by Bishop Philip Boyce on 12.07.2012 at the Raphoe Diocesan Archive.


            Very Rev. John J Silke, Dean of the diocese of Raphoe, is author of Kinsale: The Spanish intervention in Ireland at the end of the Elizabethan War (Liverpool & Fordham University Presses); Ireland and Europe 1559-1607 (Dublin Historical Association); Irish Scholarship and the Renaissance 1580-1673 (Renaissance Society of America); etc., etc. 

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