Diocese of Achonry
“Companions on the journey”
I am delighted to welcome you to our website! The Diocese of Achonry has twenty-three parishes in Counties Roscommon, Sligo, and Mayo. The patron saints of the Diocese are St. Nathy and St. Attracta. The Cathedral of the Annunciation and St. Nathy is situated in Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon.
In baptism we were called to be disciples of Christ. In that grace filled moment we entered into communion with Christ and one another. Pope Benedict reminded us that we are all “co-responsible” for the life of the Church. Pope Francis emphasises “synodality” (walking together) as a model of being Church. In Achonry we walk together as disciples, conscious that we are all “co-responsible” for the life the Church in our Diocese.
I hope you find our website helpful and informative. If there is any further information you need, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the Diocesan Office.
Wishing you every blessing!
Bishop of Achonry.
UNIVERSAL SYNOD'S SYNTHESIS REPORT
In the late afternoon of Saturday 28 October 2023, the members of the 16th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops adopted the Synthesis Report which was initially published in Italian. The official report is now also available in English. Please click on the link below to read full version.
POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER FOR PEACE
Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!
We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.
Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never again war!”; “With war everything is lost”. Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarreling into forgiveness.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division”, “hatred” and “war” be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be “brother”, and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!
SAFEGUARDING IN THE DIOCESE OF ACHONRY
Parishes and Contact Info
Many of our parishes have Webcam, Facebook or YouTube connections for ONLINE MASSES.
FOR LIST AND OR TO FIND YOUR LOCAL CHURCH
Bishop Paul Dempsey
Tel. 094-986 0034
DIRECTOR OF SAFEGUARDING
Ms Helen Diskin
Tel. 087-051 6888