Archive for category Diocese of Cork & Ross

Living in a disappearing priesthood

My historical sense of catholicism in Ireland, which I learned in school, was speckled with events that were depicted as reference points in Irish history. The Wild Geese, Cromwell, Fr Murphy of Boolavogue, Nano Nagle, Daniel O’Connell and Catholic Emancipation, the Great Famine and the soupers, the War of Independence, the Maynooth Mission to China, male and female […]

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French connections with Cork and Ross

[This article first appeared in The Southern Star in 2011.] The Rugby World Cup has focused some attention on things French this year and we have grown accustomed to hearing more frequent mentions of cities such as Toulouse and Bordeaux as well as Paris. Connections between these cities and our part of the continent are […]

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Ours is a land where scholars have tread

There’s a small marble plaque on the wall of the parish church at Enniskeane beside the Shrine to Our Lady. Until recently, the writing on it was very faded. (Thanks to Jim McCarthy who has cleaned and repainted the script.) It reads: “In Memory of the REV. D. O’SULLIVAN whose death on the 25th of […]

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Wonders lay at our feet

We are in a time of great unease and, perhaps, even disease – and they are related. Leaders who are called on to lead say it’s difficult because we are in “uncharted waters”. But isn’t every new day, in every age, an uncharted beginning? I was wandering through Ahiohill church yard last week in a […]

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New blog-site for Enniskeane Parish also takes online parish donations

The thing about blogs is that they are relatively easy to get up and going but not as easy to sustain! But … I have recently spent a bit of time developing a new WordPress site for the Parish of Enniskeane. It has an innovation in built: a facility for visitors to make online donations […]

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Lesson from church and diocese history

I came across a Church Directory which was published in 1921 (90 years ago) and it lists all the parishes and clergy of the dioceses of Ireland. Cork and Ross were listed separately, then, and without counting any priests who belonged to religious orders or missionary societies, there were 174 priests in service in the […]

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Planning ahead for parishes

In recent years, parishes of the diocese have begun to work more closely together to build up the Kingdom of God in each area. This is also happening in other parts of Ireland. Our diocese has been subdivided into 16 groups of parishes and each group is called a “pastoral area”. Bishop Buckley formally established […]

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Fixing the buildings is easier than fixing other church problems

It has often been said that the Catholic Church likes to row against the tide and there is a evidence that a lot of oars are doing just that in our parishes these days. The news media keep reminding us that the construction boom has ground to a halt. Hard evidence for this and resulting […]

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