Category Archives: Reflection

Regina Caeli

During the Easter Season we pray the Regina Caeli in place of the Angelus. Perhaps you might like to join in praying this prayer each day.

Call: Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
Response: The Son you merited to bear, alleluia,

Call: Has risen as he said, alleluia.
Response: Pray to God for us, alleluia.

Call: Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
Response: For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray.

God of life, you have given joy to the world
by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through the prayers of his mother, the Virgin Mary,
bring us to the happiness of eternal life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Priesthood in Achonry

Our Bishop-Elect, Paul Dempsey, comes to us as one of the youngest priests in our diocese.

Looking at our situation, as it stands today, including retired priests, the age-profile of our priests is:

  • six over the age of 80
  • seven aged between 70-80
  • ten aged between 60-70,
  • ten aged between 50-60,
  • three aged between 40-50 (four when Bishop-Elect Dempsey joins us)
  • and nobody under 40.

There are twenty-three parishes in the diocese and fifty churches.  At present there are 25 priests in Parish Ministry.

There is no doubt but that we are heading to a point where changes will have to be addressed – indeed, we have most likely passed that point.

There must however, remain hope

As we welcome a new bishop, might it be a time to encourage a-fresh and pray renewed, that some might hear God’s call to serve the church of Achonry as a Diocesan Priest?

Fr Paul Kivlehan is our Vocations Director.  He may be contacted at the Presbytery, Ballaghaderreen or on vocations@achonrydiocese.org