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John Paul 11 Awards

The diocese of Achonry had its first presentation of the (St) John Paul 11 Awards this evening (November 21st) in St Nathy’s College, Ballaghderreen.  Bishop Brendan Kelly presented the awards to nineteen students from throughout the diocese in the presence of their families, teachers and friends.  Members of the Knights of St Columbanus were also in attendance.  This first group, though small, is seen as a very important development in the diocese.  Monica Morley spoke to the gathering and encouraged the young people to keep deeply involved in their church, making the point that Parish is the touchstone.  Bishop Brendan thanked the young people and congratulated them on their achievements.  Three of the recipients spoke of their journey through the awards process and it was evident the journey had been good for them.  Activities included volunteering in St Vincent de Paul Shop, being part of the youth group on our Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, helping a local priest edit and publish the parish bulletin, joining Folk Group, being Ministers of The Word and much more.  All in all, impressive presentations by impressive young people.  Well done to them all.

The students were from secondary schools in Charlestown, Tubbercurry, Ballymote, Ballaghaderren and Ballisodare.  Fr Joe Gavigan, Chaplain to the Knights of St Columbanus, welcomed them all and wished them well.

Catholic Schools Week Mass

catholic schools week mass, ballaghaderreen

Bishop Brendan receiving Offertory Gifts during Mass for Catholic Schools Week, 2016

The bishop and people of Achonry Diocese gathered in the Cathedral of The Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghaderreen to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.  Bishop Brendan was the Principal Celebrant at the Eucharist.  He was joined by people from the parishes of the diocese, with many schools represented and children taking part in the liturgy. It was an uplifting celebration.  In his homily, Bishop Brendan spoke of Jesus as “teacher” and of the broad canvas that is “Catholicism“.