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Diocesan Appointments 2014

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His Lordship Most Rev. Philip Boyce, OCD, Bishop of Raphoe, has announced the following clergy appointments in the Diocese.


  • Very Rev Canon John Gallagher, Chaplain Letterkenny General Hospital retires after 41 years of service in the Diocese.
  • Rev Joseph O’Donnell, CC, Aughaninshin to be CC, Mountcharles.
  • Rev James Gillespie, CC, Milford to be CC, Aughaninshin.
  • Rev Adrian Gavigan, CC, Mountcharles to be CC, Milford.
  • Rev Shane Gallagher, CC, Leitirmacaward – Doochary to be Chaplain in Letterkenny General Hospital.
  • Fr Mark Byrne, solt (Society of Our Lady of the Trinity) to be CC, Leitirmacaward – Doochary.
  • Rev Damian McGroarty, CC, Conwal and Leck (Cathedral Parish) goes for further studies.
  • Rev Stephen Gorman, newly ordained, to be CC, Conwal and Leck.
  • Rev Paul McGeehan, CC, Massmount to be CC, Ardaghey.
  • Rev Hugh Hanlon, MSC, Missionaries of the Sacred Heart), to be CC, Ballyshannon.
  • Rev Mariusz Semla to be CC Massmount and Chaplain to the Polish Community in the Diocese.
  • Rev Liam Boyle, to be ordained on the 7th September, will be CC, Ardara.


Prayers for Peace

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Pope Francis called on all the faithful to"persevere in prayer for those situations of tension and conflict that continue in different parts of the world, especially in the Middle East and in the Ukraine"


The Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference has provided resources to help the Christians of Ireland pray for peace.

In your prayers you are asked to remember a prayer for neighbours of other faith traditions who are sheltering their Christian friends during these dark days in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East.

Please encourage your children and godchildren, parents and godparents to pray for those who do not enjoy religious freedom, a good night's sleep or the comforts which we take for granted.

12:00noon Prayer for Peace in the Middle East

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; ...where there is injury, pardon; ...where there is doubt, faith; ...where there is despair, hope; ...where there is darkness, light; ...where there is sadness, joy; O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek be consoled as to console; be understood as to understand; be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; is in pardoning that we are pardoned; ...and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. St. Francis of Assisi

6:00pm Prayer for Persecuted Christians

May the Lord support us all the day long, 'til the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

Night Prayer for Families

God our Father, I come to say: Thank you for your love today Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me. Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning send your light. Amen.


Prayers for Peace in the Middle East 

Ordination Fr Stephen Gorman

Joyous celebrations in St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, as the

Rev Stephen Gorman is Ordained to the Priesthood

for the Diocese of Raphoe. Sunday 29th June 2014.

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Most Rev Philip Boyce, Bishop of Raphoe ordained Fr. Stephen Gorman, Letterkenny, to the Priesthood.

Lent 2014 Resources


Resources are available at the bottom of the page


Pope Francis's Message for Lent 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community. These insights are inspired by the words of Saint Paul: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Cor 8:9). The Apostle was writing to the Christians of Corinth to encourage them to be generous in helping the faithful in Jerusalem who were in need. What do these words of Saint Paul mean for us Christians today? What does this invitation to poverty, a life of evangelical poverty, mean to us today?

Launch of Justice & Peace Group

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“On Thursday February 20th at 12.30pm, World Day of Social Justice.


A new Diocesan Justice and Peace Group will be launched by Bishop Philip Boyce in the Raphoe Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Letterkenny. 


This inter faith group aims to highlight salient issues of justice at a local level and at an international level working with Trocaire. 


All are welcome to attend.


See copy of the Diocesan Press Release



alt click here for the Irish Catholic Bishops Justice and Peace page

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