Dioceses around Ireland gathered this evening to launch WMOF2018. In our diocese we gathered in the Cathedral of the Annunciation and St Nathy, Ballaghaderreen. This was the first Diocesan gathering in the Cathedral since its re-furbishment and our Diocesan Administrator, Fr Dermot Meehan, led the liturgy.
Parishes from all over the diocese were represented, with a name plate of each parish carried in procession along with flowers to be presented at the Altar. Fr Steve Gibson, of the Father Peyton Centre, Attymass had prepared a video on the life of the Venerable Patrick Peyton “The Rosary Priest” that set the tone for the praying of a “family Rosary” and the telling of the story of our faith through the various mysteries. Each parish took a part in praying different decades, reading reflections, Scripture passages etc.
It was a wonderful gathering and a joy to see so many people present. Certainly the World Meeting of Families holds significance for the people of Achonry.
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?
FOR INFORMATION ON VOCATIONS
Our diocesan Vocations Director is:
Fr Paul Kivlehan
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.
Ordinations to the Permanent Diaconate took place for the first time in the Diocese of Achonry on Easter Monday, April 2nd, 2018. Bishop Brendan Kelly returned to the diocese to ordain two men to the Permanent Diaconate. Fr Dermot Meehan, Diocesan Administrator and Director of the Permanent Diaconate programme in the diocese was the homilist.
A packed congregation in the Church of St James’, Charlestown, Co. Mayo watched and prayed as Martin Lynch (Parish of Kiltimagh) and Kevin Flynn (Parish of Collooney) became the first Permanent Deacons in our diocese. Both men are married and their families were in attendance along with many friends and well wishers.
After the homily, both candidates are called forward by a deacon – answering “present” to the calling of their name is symbolic of their response to God’s Call to ministry. Having presented themselves for ordination they are, in turn, presented to the bishop as candidates for ordination.
Having been called to Ministry and accepted for ordination, both candidates committed themselves to the ministry of Deacon and responded to the questions put before them by Bishop Brendan Kelly.
Both will assume ministry in the diocese and we pray God’s continued blessing on them and their families.
Fr Dermot Meehan, Diocesan Administrator Diocese of Achonry
Fr Dermot Meehan, Parish Priest of Swinford, Co. Mayo has been elected Administrator of the Diocese of Achonry with immediate effect.
The diocese wishes him every blessing in this role and the priests and people of the diocese will support him in this undertaking and remember him in prayer.
As Diocesan Administrator, Fr Dermot assumes responsibility for the diocese and will represent the diocese at meetings of the Episcopal Conference. He will manage the day to day affairs of the diocese until such time as a new bishop is a appointed.
On Sunday, February 4th, Bishop Brendan gathered with the Religious of the Diocese and a number of our diocesan priests and laity to pray with and for all who have given their lives in service of the Religious Life. This was Bishop Brendan’s last official engagement in the diocese before he takes up his new role as Bishop of Galway on Sunday next.
He spoke of the absolute need for faith and trust in the future; “We can’t go back”, he said “like Jesus in this weekend’s Gospel, we need to go elsewhere …. in prayer, Jesus received and found what he needed to carry on”. He reflected on his own move to Galway and that the future is totally in God’s hands – as is all of the future. “Religious life is always about encountering people, encountering where they are.” “Churches”, he said “were built so that people could gather together and be alone in the encountering of Jesus.”
His encouragement to all gathered was to keep engaging with people – meeting and being with them for that is the core of the Religious calling.
He used the occasion to thank all the Religious of the diocese for the wonderful support they had been to him over the past ten years. He asked them to continue to keep him in prayer as he will keep them.
Fr Steve Gibson, CSC, spoke on behalf of all the Religious gathered and wished Bishop Brendan every success in his new role and concluded with a prayer of blessing.