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Vocations Sunday 2019

The diocese of Achonry welcomes those who might be considering a Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood to get in contact. Our diocese includes twenty-three parishes in Counties Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo.  At the moment, each parish has at least one resident priest and, in a small number of our parishes there is a second priest – often a man who has retired after more than fifty years service to the diocese but who chooses to continue to minister to God’s people.

Currently we have no students for the priesthood and, like most other dioceses at home and abroad, are looking to the future and hopeful that there may be some people out there – possibly you who are reading these lines right now, who might feel a calling to serve God and His people as a Catholic Priest in the diocese.

If this is something you have considered, wondered about or wrestled with? Maybe now is the time to talk.

Our Vocations Director is Fr Paul Kivlehan and he would be more than happy to discuss this with you.  

Why not get in contact?




Biography Launched

There was a wonderful gathering this evening in the Father Peyton Centre, Attymass where Fr Tom Mulligan, a priest of the diocese, saw the launch of his biography on the life of The Rosary Priest, Fr Patrick Peyton, C.S.C. The book was launched by our Diocesan Administrator, Fr Dermot Meehan.

Fr Peyton, born 110 years ago this day, in the parish of Attymass is undoubtedly its most famous son. Emigrating to the United States in the footsteps of other family members he felt called to the priesthood and entered the Seminary, as did his brother Tom. During his studies, Patrick became quite ill and begged Our Lady to cure him. Being cured, he attributed his recovery to her and committed to dedicating his ministry to promoting devotion to Our Lady. He was ordained along with his brother and kept his promise.

Enlisting the help of many of Hollywood’s most famous stars “Of various faiths and none” as Fr Meehan put it, Fr Peyton reached out to people with a call to pray and, more especially to pray as family. “The Family that prays together, stays together” and “A world at prayer is a world at peace” were two of his most famous phrases.

Fr Mulligan ministered in Attymass parish for many years and, following his retirement last year, decided to dedicate study and time to a man he had come to know and admire through his contact with the people of Attymass. Commenting on this, Dara Calleary, T.D., said he knew that Fr Mulligan’s energy would not allow him to become a full time golfer!! It is a blessing to us all that his energy was devoted to the research and publishing of this book “The Rosary Priest”. Senator Michelle Mulherin spoke too of the wonderful work done in Attymass through the Father Peyton Centre and congratulated Fr Mulligan on the great work he had done in bringing this story a-fresh to a new wave of readers.

In his opening remarks, Fr Meehan described an elderly parishioner’s recollections of her teenage years when she went to Ballaghaderreen in 1954 to hear Fr Peyton address a Rosary Rally. Small in stature, she found herself unable to see him, so she crept through the legs of people and around them until she arrived at the front row and could see the man she was listening to. This remains a highlight of her life. It is remarkable that she is numbered among more than 27 million people who heard him speak during his worldwide travels with the Rosary Crusade.

Fr Meehan made the point that Fr Peyton is well known to an older generation but truly believes this book will bring his story and call to family prayer to a new generation.  There is no doubt there is a story to be shared and Fr Mulligan’s work will help, in no small way. towards that end. “It is a wonderful book and an incredible read”, Fr Meehan concluded, “but I hope you won’t just take my word for that but find out for yourselves”.

Fr Mulligan spoke of the humility of Fr Peyton and of his total dedication to the promise he made God and Our Lady.  He personally found this inspiring and wanted to help bring Fr Peyton’s story to our time. He referenced one country where Fr Peyton took his “crusade” and that the Catholic population was very small.  It emerged nonetheless that his message on Prayer within the home, was welcomed and implemented by other religions. This appears to have been a trait of his ministry, that his message, though firmly rooted in Marian devotion, had a very broad appeal and impact. He commented on the fact that four Popes were in contact with Fr Peyton and his word was heeded by all.  Pope Francis declared Fr Peyton “Venerable” last year, a significant step on the road to Canonisation. Fr Meehan had commented on this saying “It would be wonderful for our Diocese of Achonry to have a recognised Saint among its numbers”.

The book, simply entitled “The Rosary Priest” is published by Veritas and is the first Biography of Fr Peyton to be written in Ireland and, indeed, outside the United States.  It is available in all major bookshops (click here for details)

Mass of Thanksgiving

On the Feast of All Saints Of Ireland, our Diocesan Administrator, Fr Dermot Meehan was Principal Celebrant at a Mass of Thanksgiving in the Cathedral of The Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghaderreen.  The mass was celebrated in thanksgiving for the recent renovations carried out in the cathedral and in gratitude for all who had supported this work through the Living Faith Campaign.  This campaign, begun by Bishop Thomas Flynn, R.I.P. and concluded by Bishop Brendan Kelly had ear-marked works to be carried out in the cathedral.  Much work has been done with a totally updated electrical and heating system installed, works carried out to remove dampness from the building etc.  The cathedral looks very well and it was wonderful to be able to gather there with people from around the diocese to celebrate Mass.

Fr Dermot spoke of the building of the Cathedral as the building by people of faith, a place of worship in a very difficult time.  He spoke of the need to tend to the building of a people of faith too.  Perhaps that is our current challenge and calling in the diocese at this time.


Confirmation Dates 2019


Confirmation will be celebrated on the following dates:

As the diocese is awaiting the appointment of a bishop, each Parish Priest

will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in his own parish this year.



  • Attymass
Saturday 23rd March
  • Ballaghaderreen
Sunday 24th March
  • Bohola
Saturday 30th March
  • Bonniconlon
Sunday 31st March
  • Foxford
Saturday 6th April
  • Kilmovee
Saturday 6th April
  • Carracastle
Sunday 7th April
  • Bunninadden
Sunday 5th May
  • Charlestown
Sunday 12th May
  • Swinford
Sunday 12th May
  • Kiltimagh
Saturday 25th May
  • Straide
Sunday 26th May
  • Tubbercurry
Sunday 26th May





The World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2018 falls on Sunday April 22, Good Shepherd Sunday. In the Gospel (Mt 9:38 and Lk 10:2) Jesus instructs his disciples to “Pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send labourers into his harvest”.

Whilst the church recognises that everyone receives a vocation from God, be it to married life, single life, or some form of ministry, the church focuses on this day, to pray for vocations to ordained ministry (Priesthood and Diaconate) and to religious life in all its forms.

  • Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations?
    Pray for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God’s call.
    Pray for the priests and religious who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead.
    Keep your priests and religious in your prayers throughout the week.
    Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation?

This year, will be the 55th anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Numerous surveys show that a very high percentage of men and women who have entered the priesthood or religious life have been involved in some aspect of ministry in their parish and have received encouragement from either a priest or a member of their parish community.

Is there someone your know whom would make a good priest, deacon or religious? Could you consider encouraging them to take the time to reflect on this possibility? Are vocations prayed for on a regular basis? If not, could you encourage your parish for opportunities to pray for vocations?


Our diocesan Vocations Director is:

Fr Paul Kivlehan
The Presbytery
Co. Roscommon
Tel. 094-986 0011

or submit your query by using this contact form.  If your interest is not in the diocesan priesthood but possibly in the Permanent Diaconate or Religious Life, Fr Paul will direct your query to the relevant person.  Thank you.


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