Death of Fr Hugh O’ Byrne

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The death has occurred of Very Rev Hugh O’Byrne, Moortown, Bridgetown, Wexford and Pastor Emeritus of Blackwater.  May he rest in peace Private funeral will take place on Friday. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to CROÍ on the Donate link www.rip.ie .  You are welcome to join in the […]

Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

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Annual Pilgrimage to Knock which was scheduled for this Sunday 5th July, will now take place as a Virtual Pilgrimage.  Mass will be preceded by a video message from Bishop Brennan.   Knock has always been a place of welcome, sanctuary and sacredness. Its role as Ireland’s National Marian Shrine makes it a symbol of […]

Bishop Brennan announces Diocesan Appointments

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The Bishop of Ferns, Dr Denis Brennan DD has announced the following clerical changes to be effective on the weekend of 8th/9th August 2020 Fr. Richard Redmond CC Ferns to be PP Ramsgrange.  Fr. Ricky O Connor CC New Ross to be CC Ferns.  Fr. Chris Hayden CC Coolfancy to sabbatical leave.  Fr. Richard Lawless […]

Bishop Brennan’s Jubilee

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Bishop Brennan is pictured with Fr. Brian Broaders, Parish Priest in Rathnure, planting a tree to commemorate his Golden Jubilee.

Bishop Brennan’s Golden Jubilee or Ordination to the Priesthood

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GOLDEN JUBILEE Bishop Brennan celebrates 50 years as a priest of the Diocese of Ferns, this (Pentecost) Sunday, 31st May 2020. To mark the occasion, Bishop Brennan will celebrate Mass on South East Radio from Rathnure Church on Sunday morning at 10am. Bishop Brennan also celebrated his first Mass in Rathnure. Pope Francis has written […]

Trocaire Lenten Appeal

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Trócaire    Trócaire will be in touch with priests this coming week with regard to Trócaire box returns from this year’s Lenten appeal.  Speaking ahead of the communication – local Trócaire representative Fr. John Carroll said – “It is estimated that c.4.5m to 5m euros remains in Trócaire boxes in homes in Ireland at present.” […]

Electronic Donations

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NOTICE In response to requests from some parishes and parishioners of the Diocese of Ferns, an electronic DONATE facility has been introduced on the diocesan website – www.ferns.ie   The facility on the diocesan website – entered through the pink DONATE button at the top of the opening page – includes the names of curacies and […]

Church bells to ring out across Ferns Diocese on Easter Sunday at noon.

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DIOCESE OF FERNS Press Office Bishop’s House Summerhill Wexford 053-91-22177   To mark Easter Sunday – and in an act of solidarity with the people of the Diocese as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ – Bishop Brennan has invited the parishes of the Diocese of Ferns to ring their church bells at 12 noon on […]

Holy Week booklet for those isolated within our parishes.

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Journeying through Holy Week.  Attached is an easy to use booklet – mobile friendly – that you might consider sharing with colleagues, parishioners, friends or family. It is designed for people confined to home for Holy Week. It was prepared by Joseph Bridges and pastoral team for use in Horeswood / Ballykelly, Co. Wexford. Gratitude […]

The Hook of Faith online resources

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THE HOOK OF FAITH In these days when many people are unable to participate in public Masses, it seems all the more important to utilize modern technology to communicate hope through God’s Word to our people in their homes or places of isolation. With that in view, ‘The Hook Of Faith’ is a platform that […]

Masses available online

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Mass is available from the following parishes via their webcams/radio broadcasts.   Wexford: https://wexfordparish.com. Daily at 10am  New Ross: 10am weekdays, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 10am.  104.7fm St. Aidan’s Cathedral Enniscorthy: 10am weekdays, Saturday Vigil Mass at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 10am. https://www.churchservices.tv/enniscorthycathedral St. Senan’s Church Enniscorthy: 1oam weekdays, […]

Statement from the Diocese of Ferns on liturgical considerations in the context of COVID – 19 (Coronavirus).

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Diocese of Ferns Press Office Bishop’s House, Summerhill Wexford Phone – 053(91) 22177, Email – jc@ferns.ie   Statement from the Diocese of Ferns on liturgical considerations in the context of COVID – 19 (Coronavirus).   The Diocese accepts the recommendations of the HSE with regard to precautions and restrictions as are necessitated by the ongoing […]

Guidance for religious services in relation to Coronavirus issued by the HSE

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The HSE has issued the following guidelines:   https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/guidance/religioussettingsguidance/COVID%2019_Guidance%20for%20religious%20services%20V1.pdf     Settings where religious services take place, including churches, should take the following actions  Advise religious leaders/clergy and congregation not to attend if they are ill. Have a plan for dealing with religious leaders or members of the congregation who become ill with symptoms of […]

Fr Leo Staples celebrates 67 years of Missionary work in Kenya

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Fr Leo Staples was ordained for St. Patrick’s Missionary Society in 1952, and travelled to Kenya where he has spent the last 67 years living and ministering.  In 2006, Fr Leo began fundraising to build a home and education facility for children with physical disabilities in the area.  With the help of friends and family […]

Safeguarding Audit Report

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Final Safeguarding Audit (3) Attached please find the audit report as prepared by the National Office after its visit to the Diocese of Ferns last year. The Diocese welcomes the report and it can be found on the diocesan website – www.ferns.ie.    Bishop Brennan welcomes the audit report. He thanks both the National Office […]

Message of Bishop Denis Brennan for Christmas 

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Message of Bishop Denis Brennan for Christmas  Message “Put off your toiling and let love in…” There’s an Italian tradition – very popular in rural areas – with variations from place to place – of devotion to La Befana – an almost Santa Claus type female character – often portrayed with broom stick and in […]

Presentation of John Paul II awards

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Bishop Brennan is pictured with recipient’s of the John Paul II awards in the Diocese of Ferns. Also pictured is Fr Odhran Furlong and Colette O’ Doherty 

Visit to Aras an Uachtarain.

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Bishop Denis Brennan pictured with the Delegation from Savannah, representatives from Wexford and President Michael D. Higgins at a reception in Aras an Uachtarain.   The delegation from Savannah were in Wexford to officially open the Georgia Southern University International Learning Hub which is an initiative and collaboration between Wexford County Council and South Georgia […]

Annual St. Vincent de Paul Collection

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The annual St. Vincent de Paul Christmas appeal takes place in all of the Churches of the Diocese of Ferns on the weekend of 7th/8th December 2019.  For some, Christmas is ‘most worrying time of the year.’ Gratitude is expressed for your consistent generosity down the years. Your support has saved some from a lifetime […]

Launch of Catholic Primary School Ethos Programme In Ferns Diocese.

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Ethos of a Catholic Primary School programme launched in Ferns Diocese.  Photo – Ferdia Kelly (Catholic Schools Partnership CSP), Mairin Jackson (Diocesan Advisor for Primary Schools) in Ferns Diocese, Tommy Carroll (CSP) and Bishop Denis Brennan of Ferns.  At a meeting in the Riverside Park Hotel in Enniscorthy on Thursday 14th November 2019, Bishop Denis Brennan – speaking […]

Ordination of Permanent Deacon

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On Saturday 5th October, Dermot Davis was ordained as a Permanent Deacon in St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy by Bishop Denis Brennan. Dermot’s ordination to the Permanent Diaconate is the first in the Diocese of Ferns.

Bishop Eamonn Walsh retires.

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the Office of Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin presented, on reaching the age of 75, by Bishop Eamonn Walsh.  The announcement was made in Rome today, 30 September 2019 Speaking about the retirement, Bishop Denis Brennan of Ferns took the occasion to extend to Bishop Walsh every good wish […]

Bishop Denis Brennan welcomes Pope Francis’ message for migrants

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Bishop Denis Brennan welcomes Pope Francis’ message for migrants “We are all urged to ‘welcome, protect, promote and integrate’” – Bishop Brennan Ahead of the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which will be celebrated globally this Sunday, 29 September, Bishop Denis Brennan, chair of the Bishops’ Council for Immigrants, said, “Our first thoughts […]

90th Birthday celebrations for Fr Felix Byrne

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Fr Felix Byrne, Curate in Monaseed recently celebrated his 90th birthday with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Denis Brennan. Pictured (back row) Frs Chris Hayden, Denis Browne, Matt Brennan, Murty Byrne, Billy Caulfield and Thady Doyle. (front row) Frs Tommy Doyle, Leo Staples, Richard Lawless, Bishop Brennan and Fr Felix Byrne.

Golden Jubilee of Edith Redmond

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On 21st August, Edith Redmond celebrated 50 years service to the Diocese. She is pictured with Bishop Brennan where she received The Papal award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.  It is currently conferred for distinguished service to the Roman Catholic Church by lay people.

New Appointment

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The Bishop of Ferns has announced the appointment of Mick Kavanagh as Safeguarding Co-Ordinator/Support Person for the Diocese of Ferns. His contact details are 053 9174972/ 087 7185541. email: safeguarding@ferns.ie He replaces Colette O’ Doherty who recently completed a six year term in the role. Gratitude is expressed by Bishop Brennan to Colette O’ Doherty […]

Jubilarians Celebration

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Bishop Brennan is pictured with the 2019 Jubiliarians. L-R, Fr. Michael Doyle-Silver, Des Fitzpatrick, (Father of the Late Fr Jim Fitzpatrick), Fr Gerald O’ Leary-Ruby, Fr Denis Browne, Fr Richard Redmond-Silver, Fr Tom Dalton-Silver, Bishop Denis Brennan, Fr John O’ Reilly-Ruby, Bishop Oscar Cantu-Bishop of San Jose, Fr Aodhan Marken-Silver, Monsignor Joseph McGrath, Fr Brian […]