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Costal Rosary

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A Rosary on the Coast for Life and Faith will take place in over 200 locations along the Irish Coastline.

You are invited to gather and pray for the unborn at Ards Friary, Creeslough...Meeting time Sunday 26th November @2pm in Ards Friary Carpark going to the beach for 2:30pm prayer.

All welcome.


For information on all the beaches where the Rosary for Life will be offered go to

Choose Life

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Choose Life 2017 is a website dedicated to Life.

To view it click on the this link

Confirmation Dates 2018

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Confirmation Dates in the Diocese for 2018

to download the list click here

Sat. 3rd February                Fanad   (in Massmount)                 12noon

Sun 4th February                Glenties                                             11am

Sat. 10th February              Aughaninshin                                  12noon

Sun. 11th February            Kilmacrenan                                     12.30pm

Thurs 22nd February          Cathedral (Illistrin NS)                   5pm

Sat. 24th February              Cathedral                                         12noon

                                               Cathedral                                        4pm

Sun 25th February              Gortahork                                        11am

Sat. 3rd March                     Drumoghill                                       12noon

Sat. 10th March                   Killymard                                          12noon

Sun 11th March                   Frosses (in Mountcharles)           12.30pm

Sat. 14th April                      Dunfanaghy (in Creeslough)       12noon

Sun 15th April                      Termon (in Glendowan)               12.30pm

Sat 21st April                        Carrick                                             12.30pm

Sun 22nd April                      Killybegs                                          11am

Sat. 28th April                      Newtowncunningham                  12noon

Sun 29th April                      Raphoe                                            12 noon

Sat 5th May                          Stranorlar                                         12noon

Sun 6th May                         Ballyshannon                                   11am

Sat 12th May                       Donegal Town (in Clar)                  12.30pm

Sun 13th May                       Ballintra                                            11am

Sat 19th May                       Rathmullan                                      12.30pm

Sun 20th May                       Glenswilly                                         11am

Sat 2nd June                          Dungloe                                            12.30pm

Sun 3rd June                          Gaoth Dobhair                                11am

Sat 9th June                          Arranmore Island                           3pm

Sun 10th June                       Burtonport                                       11am


Clerical Changes 2017

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


  • Fr Gerard Cunningham, CC, Fintown and Administrator Glenties to be PP Glenties (Iniskeel).
  • Fr Donnchadh Ó Baoill, CC, Cnoc Fola, to be CC, Fintown
  • Canon Michael Herrity, PP, Annagry to be PE (Pastor Emeritus), AP, Cnoc Fola
  • Fr Nigel Ó Gallchóir, CC, Dungloe to be PP, Annagry
  • Mgr Kevin Gillespie, Congregation for the Clergy, Rome, to be CC, Conwal and Leck (Cathedral Parish)
  • Fr Eamon McLaughlin, CC, Conwal and Leck (Cathedral Parish) to the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome.
  • Fr Adrian Gavigan, CC, Milford and Kerrykeel to be CC, Parish of Templecrone (Dungloe) with residence in Leitirmacaward.
  • Fr Rory Brady, resident in Conwal and Leck to be CC, Milford & Kerrykeel.
  • Fr John Joe Duffy, CC, Stranorlar to be CC, Creeslough.
  • Fr Lukasz Przewislik, SChr, Polish Chaplaincy, Archdiocese of Dublin to be CC, Stranorlar and Chaplain to the Polish Community in the Diocese of Raphoe.
  • Fr Morty O’Shea, solt, CC, Leitirmacaward and Doochary to be CC, Ardaghey (Inver).



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 and 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)



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