Chrism Mass 2017

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        BISHOPS HOMILYOne of the biggest challenges facing the Irish church at the moment is the shortage of candidates coming forward to priesthood and religious life.The sharp decline in numbers studying for the priesthood obviously has huge implications for the future shape of ministry. It also impacts on the present by undermining and sapping our morale.The effect of this […]

Army Chaplains from the Diocese of Ferns

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Bishop Brennan pictured with Fr Pat Mernagh, (McKee Barracks – currently on overseas trip to Golan Heights), Fr David Murphy, (Renmore Co Galway) and Fr Brian Whelan, Sarsfield Barracks, Co Limerick. 

Visit of Centennial Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima

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 In a celebration of 100 years since the Virgin Mary appeared to three children in the Portugese village, the three-foot-high statue started its journey in Armagh.  On Tuesday 14th March, it visited the Diocese of Ferns beginning with Mass at St. Senan’s Church followed by a procession to St. Aidan’s Cathedral where it remained until Mass […]

Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

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The 49th Ferns Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from 17th to 22nd May 2017.  If you are interested in travelling with the Pilgrimage, please contact O’ Leary Travel, Enniscorthy at 053 9233178.

Feast of St Aidan – Patron of the Diocese of Ferns

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Novena Prayer to St Aidan, Patron of the Diocese of Ferns Novena begins on 21st JanuaryAlmighty God,our creator and guide. You chose St. Aidan to establish a church at Ferns and to preach the Good News of your son, Jesus Christ. As we celebrate his feast,we give thanks for his witness and teaching.Through his intercession,we pray […]

Clerical Appointments

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The Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Denis Brennan has announced the appointment of Fr. Denis Browne to PP Kilanerin, effective 1st March 2017.Fr. Martin Pender (Stockholm), CC Ballymitty, effective 1st March 2017.

Irish bishops’ Ad Limina visit to Pope Francis and to the Holy See

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From this Sunday 15 January, for ten days, members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference will undertake their Ad Limina Apostolorum visit to Rome  – or “to the threshold of the Apostles” – a reference to the pilgrimage to the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul that all bishops are required to make.  The Ad […]

Clerical Appointment

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The Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Denis Brennan has announced the appointment of Fr. John Paul Sheridan as Parish Priest of Annacurra, effective 1st March 2017 in succession to Fr. James Hammel, current Parish Priest whose resignation has been accepted.Fr. Sheridan will continue with his current commitments at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.

Saint Vincent de Paul annual collection

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Bishop Brennan met with Wexford Area President, Ben Doyle and members of the local branch of SVdP to discuss the upcoming annual collection taking place this weekend  around the Diocese.

Annual civic Ecumenical Service

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Bishop Denis Brennan,  Canon Arthur Minion, Venerable Chris Long, Linda Long and V Rev Aodhan Marken pitured at the Annual Civic Ecumenical Service of Remembrance in Wexford Ireland Credit: Patrick Hogan for  image

Bishop Brennan meets with Pope Francis

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Pope meets with chiefs of police, bishops and nuns who work against human trafficking.  In 2014 the Santa Marta group was formed and includes members from 30 countries.  They are key players in the fight against all forms of trafficking.  The annual international conference was held in Rome on 26th and 27th October and the […]

Death of V Rev Aidan Canon Jones

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The death has occurred of V Rev Canon Aidan Jones. Fr Jones was participating in an Ecumencial Pilgrimage in Greece at the time of his death.Fr. Aidan will be reposing at St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Kilanerin, Gorey on Saturday 22nd October from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will take place on Sunday […]

Honorary Doctorate for The Sisters of Mercy

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A Doctorate in Philosophy, honoris causa, was awarded to the Congregational Leader of the Sisters of Mercy by way of honouring the immense contribution of that entire congregation to the mission of the Church both in Ireland and abroad. The Pontifical University at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth hosted the ceremony on Monday 3rd October, to mark the ‘Year […]

Celebration in Barntown

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Canon Lorenzo Cleary celebrates Mass in Barntown to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the marriage of John and Maura Rossiter. Canon Cleary officiated at the marriage on 24th September 1966 and returned on that day 50 years later to celebrate with family and friends. Maura has acted as sacristan at the Church […]

National Vocations Council Meeting

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On Thursday 15th September, Fr Thomas Rosica,  English language media attaché of the Holy See Press Office met with members of the National Vocations Council to discuss programmes and strategies that work in vocations promotion. He is pictured with Bishop Brennan, Vice Chairman; Bishop Cullinane, Chairman; Margaret Cartright, Director Vocations Ireland; Fr Willie Purcell, Coordinator National […]

Death of Fr Raguel Hika

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Your prayers are requested for Fr. Raguel Hika (pictured here on the right) who has died in Ethiopia. Fr. Raguel – like Fr. Ketema – ministered in the diocese of Ferns in the past before returning to Addis Adaba to work at the seminary. This photo is taken at Addis Adaba on a trip I […]

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

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Pilgrims starting stage three of the Diocesan pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, outside Burgos Cathedral, 23 pilgrims from the diocese, lead by Fr Roger O’Neill from New Ross and Spiritual Director Fr James Cullen Wexford

Jubilee of Fr Chris Hayden

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Rev Chris Hayden  celebrated his Silver Jubilee of Ordination to the priesthood on 20th July last in Coolfancy Church.

Ferns Youth participate in World Youth Day 2016

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Bishop Denis Brennan and clergy from the Diocese of Ferns have travelled to Krakow in Poland to participate in World Youth Day with young people from the Diocese of Ferns.The young people have arrived in Krakow after spending some of their time in Posnan as part of “The days in the Diocese” where they got […]

St Peter’s Reunion

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From Monday 11th July to Thursday 14th July last, Priest’s from the Diocese and abroad gathered in Wexford to celebrate the St Peter’s College Alumni Reunion.        

Annual Blessing of the Boats ceremony and Memorial Service

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Fr Tom Dalton PP The Riverchapel and the Revd Robert Stotesbury, assistant priest for the Ardamine Church of Ireland Union of Churches, with members of the local RNLI Inshore Lifeboat at the annual Blessing of the Boats ceremony and Memorial Service  which was held recently.

Fundraising Coffee Morning

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On Thursday 21st July, a Coffee morning was held in Bishop’s House, Summerhill in aid of the Bobleo Childrens Home, a home for children with special needs, in Kenya which was founded  by Wexford Native, Fr Leo Staples who is a missionary priest. Presentation of cheque to Fr. Leo from fundraising. Mgr Joe McGrath presents a cheque from a […]

Trocaire – Nepal Earthquake Response Update

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Nepal Earthquake Response UpdateJune 2016Trócaires Programme Update In April 2015 two major earthquakes caused immense damage in Nepal. According to the government of Nepal, close to 9,000 fatalities resulted from the 25 April and 12 May 2015 earthquakes that destroyed 602,592 and damaged 284,482 housesTo date Trócaire has raised €1,282,498 for the Nepal Earthquake ResponseIn 2015 […]

Fr Lar O’ Connor celebrates his Jubilee

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On Friday 1st July, Fr Lar O’ Connor, Parish Priest Bunclody celebrated the Golden Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood with Mass celebrated by Bishop Brennan.  Photos courtesy of Joe Guinan, Bunclody.

Clerical Appointments

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The Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Denis Brennan has announced the following clerical changes in the Diocese of Ferns:Fr. Hugh O’ Byrne P.P. Blackwater to retirement on health grounds, effective immediately.Fr. Brendan Nolan P.P. Our Lady’s Island to P.P. Blackwater, effective 6th August.Fr. James Cogley P.P. Oylegate to P.P. Our Lady’s Island, effective 6th August.Fr. John […]

Fr Patrick Banville celebrates Jubilee

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On Saturday 25th June, Fr Paddy Banville the Silver Jubilee of his ordination to the Priesthood with Mass in St. Senan’s Parish Church where Fr Banville is curate.

Fr John Carroll celebrates Jubilee

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On Saturday 18th June Fr John Carroll celebrated his Silver Jubilee of Ordination to the priesthood. Bishop Brennan celebrated the Vigil Mass at which numerous members of the clergy of the Diocese attended.