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 […]

Review of Safeguarding Practice

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Safeguarding Review The Diocese of Ferns has invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) to conduct a review of safeguarding practice. If you have any views about Safeguarding in the Diocese of Ferns, we invite you to come forward to us in the Diocesan Safeguarding Office on 053-9174972 […]

Death of Canon Tobias Kinsella.

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Canon Tobias Kinsella, July 5th 2019, Umrigar, Carnew and formerly Parish Priest, Oylgate, Co. Wexford. Son of the late Thomas and Catherine Kinsella. Loving brother of the late Essie (Lynch) and Michael. After a long illness bravely borne, Toby died peacefully at Tallaght Hospital surrounded by his family after years in the wonderful care of […]

Homily of Bishop Brennan at Ordination of Rev Ricky O’ Connor

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Ordination to the priesthood of Rev. Ricky O’ Connor at Our Lady’s Island Church, Wexford on Sunday 16th June 2019 by Bishop Denis Brennan. Sermon of Bishop Denis Brennan. Eight years ago a young man walked into this church and asked to be baptised. Today that young man has walked in again, on this occasion he is asking to be […]

Clerical Appointments in the Diocese

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The Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Denis Brennan has announced the following clerical changes for 2019: •             Fr. Oliver Sweeney, P.P. Templetown, to retirement, effective 4th August 2019. •             Fr. Sean Gorman, P.P. Taghmon, to retirement, effective 4th August 2019. •             Fr. Colm Murphy, P.P. Clongeen to retirement, effective 30th June 2019. •             Fr. Matt Boggan, […]

Ordination to the Priesthood

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Rev Ricky O’ Connor, was ordained to the Priesthood on Sunday 16th June last in Our Lady’s Island, Broadway, Co. Wexford. Rev Ricky is pictured seated to the right hand side of Bishop Brennan.

St Louis Convent Ramsgrange

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Bishop Brennan celebrates Mass in Ramsgrange with the sisters Of St Louis Convent.  The Sisters of St Louis were a part of the Community in Ramsgrange since 1871 until the closure of the convent in June 2019.  

Safeguarding Co-Ordinator Position

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  Diocese of FernsApplications are invited for the role of:SAFEGUARDING CO-ORDINATOR(25 hours per week)        The role will involve the following:Responsibility for implementing the diocesan safeguarding policies and procedures.Liaising with and supporting parishes and communities.Garda vetting for parishes.Outreach support for survivors of clerical abuse.Co-ordination and delivery of safeguarding training to parishes.Upholding the seven standards of the church […]

St Peter’s College Reunion Florida

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Bishop Brennan attended the bi-annual St. Peters College Reunion which was held in Florida from 29th April to 1st May. Pictured below (Back L-R) Frs Paddy O’ Brien, Lorenzo Cleary, Patrick O’ Brien, Gerry McSweeney, Bishop Denis Brennan, Frs Denis Lennon, Terry Nolan, Tom McGetterick, Pat Brady.(Front L-R) John Nolan, Brendan Linnane, Tom Ledwith, Frs Lar […]

Retirement of Cecil Riddall from Christian Media Trust

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  Bishop Brennan congratulates Mr. Cecil Riddall who completed 28 years of service at Christian Media Trust Wexford as presenter of SOUNDS FOR SUNDAY each week at 10am in South East Radio. Also in the photo is Maria Colfer, the current chairperson of the Trust. 

Diocesan Appointments

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The Bishop of Ferns, Dr Denis Brennan DD has announced the appointment of Rev William Caulfield as Curate in Galbally/Ballyhogue effective 31st December 2018.  He replaces Fr Ken Quinn who has been granted study leave.

Diocesan Appointments

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The Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Denis Brennan has announced the appointments of Fr. Denis Browne (P.P. Kilanerin) and Fr. Aodhan Marken (ADM Wexford) as the new Vicars Forane for Gorey and Wexford deaneries respectively.Bishop Brennan has extended his gratitude to Fr. William Howell (CC Gorey) and Monsignor Denis Lennon (PP Clonard) as they retire from […]

St Vincent de Paul Appeal 2018

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The annual St Vincent de Paul appeal takes place on the weekend of 1st & 2nd December. Pictured with Bishop Brennan are Annette Beckett and Edmond Roche. “In asking you to support the St. Vincent de Paul collection, I invite you to join with me in three activities:Pray for the work of the Saint Vincent de […]

Ruby Jubilee for Fr Daniel McDonald

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On Sunday 23rd September, Fr Danny McDonald, Parish Priest of Marshalstown celebrated his Ruby Jubilee of Ordination to the priesthood.  Bishop Denis Brennan was chief celebrant and was joined by clergy from the Diocese of Ferns.

Jubilarians Celebration

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A number of priest’s recently celebrated their Jubilee of Ordination to the Priesthood.   Pictured below at a recent lunch hosted by Bishop Brennan areBack: Rt Rev Mgr Denis Lennon (Vicar for Clergy)Fr Sean Gorman (Taghmon-Ruby), Fr Danny McDonald (Marshalstown-Ruby), Fr James Butler (Ballygarret-Ruby), Fr Michael Byrne(Silver)Front: Fr Ray Gahan (Tinahely-Golden), Fr Tony O’ Connell(Golden), Bishop […]

ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE BISHOPS OF IRELAND

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 APOSTOLIC VISIT OF HIS HOLINESS TO IRELAND ON THE OCCASION OF THE IX WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES [25-26 AUGUST 2018]MEETING WITH THE BISHOPSADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCISConvent of the Dominican Sisters (Dublin) – Sunday, 26 August 2018Dear Brother Bishops,As my visit to Ireland comes to a close, I am grateful for this chance to spend a […]

Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

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Diocese of Ferns Camino de Santiago group of 19 pilgrims who completed our Camino Pilgrimage on 16th of August 2018 outside Santiago Cathedral. In total 45 people have joined us during the  5 years/stages from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago. In excess of 800km or 500ml!!! Director Fr. Roger O’Neill CC and […]

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God

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Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the People of God“If one member suffers, all suffer together with it” (1 Cor 12:26). These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience […]

National Vocations Conference

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 A National Vocations conference took place recently in Knock.  Pictured with Bishop Brennan are representatives from the Ferns Diocesan Vocations Committee.  (Fr James Cullen, Fr Jim Doyle, Bishop Brennan, Fr Roger O’ Neill, Fr Billy Caulfield and Fr Jim Finn.)