On the 15th (liturgical) anniversary of the announcement of his appointment as Bishop of Ferns in 2006, a presentation was made to Bishop Denis Brennan at the 10am Ash Wednesday Mass 2021 in St. Aidan’s Cathedral to belatedly mark the occasion of his golden jubilee as a priest of the diocese of Ferns. A somewhat delayed – and indeed […]
Bishop Brennan has appointed Mr. Mick Kavanagh as Director of Safeguarding for Ferns diocese – a role that combines his current responsibilities as outreach person and leader in training and supervision – with the role of delegate – in succession to Mrs. Marian Stack, whose term has completed. Bishop Brennan extends his gratitude to Marian […]
The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference welcomes the encouraging news that a number of vaccines for COVID-19 are at an advanced stage of preparation and are likely to be available for use in the near future. The Catholic Church recognises that safe and effective vaccination is an essential aspect of the prevention of disease. We are […]
The Bishop of Ferns, Dr Denis Brennan, has made the following clerical changes, effective on the weekend 13th/14th February 2021. Fr. John O’ Reilly’s request to retire as Parish Priest of Piercestown on health grounds has been accepted. Fr. Aodhan Marken (ADM Wexford) to be PP Piercestown. Fr. Billy Swan (CC St. Aidan’s Cathedral) […]
The death has occurred of Very Rev Noel Canon Hartley. In accordance with the current Government guidelines, a strictly private family funeral will take place on Sunday 3rd Jan. 2021 at 11am in Kilmuckridge. For those unable to attend the funeral mass will be available to view by logging onto https://www.facebook.com/litterparish. The funeral Mass will […]
Fr. Aodhan Marken and Canon Arthur Minion observes the COVID guideline restrictions as they engage in their annual four day Christmas appeal at St. Iberius Church in Wexford.
Featuring Emily Askins, Patrick Connors, Colm O Tiarnaigh and Fr Jim Fegan PREPARING FOR CHRISTMAS WITH BISHOP DENIS AT THE CATHEDRAL – youtube
The Diocesan Pastoral Council have produced an Advent Newsletter for 2020 Advent Newsletter 2020 (002)
PRESS RELEASE “‘Going in or going by’, you might note that the annual church gate St. Vincent de Paul takes place on the weekend of 12/13 December 2020” said the Bishop of Ferns Dr. Denis Brennan, earlier today, in his annual support message for the yearly collection. Churches are reopened but numbers permitted to attend for public […]
Mass of Remembrance for deceased Pilgrims, helpers and benefactors of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place on Tuesday 17th November at 7pm in St. Aidan’s Cathedral. Mass will be livestreamed on the Cathedral webcam. http://www.staidanscathedral.ie/our-parish/web-cam/ Celebrant Fr Brian Broaders.
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Every Vote counts in local Gorey context for new Secondary School. Wexford people have historically always had a deep fascination with American politics. Perhaps the fact that one of the greatest American politicians of the 20th century – John F Kennedy – is a descendent of one of our own has contributed to that interest. And so, these […]
The Bishop of Ferns has accepted the retirement of Monsignor Denis Lennon, PP Clonard, on age grounds, canon 538.3. The Bishop welcomes – and expresses gratitude for – Monsignor Lennon’s willingness, to continue as curate in this parish. Fr. Barry Larkin, CC Clonard, has been appointed as ADM of Clonard. Both appointments are effectively immediately.
Press Release Welcoming the recent announcement of a new secondary school for Gorey, the Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Denis Brennan has today written to the priests and school principals of parishes in the Gorey school catchment area. In his letter he has asked that they highlight to parents – of children in the 2nd […]
On Sunday 1st November, Bishop Brennan will lead a Service to dedicate the month of November as a month of Prayer and Remembrance for the Dead and for the Comfort of the Bereaved at 3pm in St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy. The service can be viewed online at https://www.churchservices.tv/enniscorthycathedral Prayer & Remembrance Service Many parishes […]
The Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Denis Brennan has written a Pastoral Letter (below) to the people of the Diocese of Ferns for the month of November. Occasioned by the outbreak of the coronavirus, Bishop Brennan asks that the people of the Diocese now double down on their efforts to reduce the instances of coronavirus and […]
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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, Saturday […]
The Bishop of Ferns, Dr. Denis Brennan has asked the faithful to approach the newly announced stage 3 restrictions in Ireland with ‘a spirit of cooperation and solidarity, mindful of the need for sacrifice in the interests of the common good.’ Public Masses in the diocese will be suspended as and from midnight tonight and […]
The Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland – Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo – is pictured with Fr. Jim Cogley and Bishop Denis Brennan at the conclusion of the annual pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island (8th September 2020). Archbishop Okolo was celebrant and preacher at the concluding Mass at 11am.
The diocese of Ferns reaffirms its commitment to social distancing and proper sanitisation in all of its churches and buildings. Gratitude is expressed to local parish councils and church stewards who have overseen the safe return to public Masses and services. In solidarity with the vast majority of our fellow citizens who actively promote and […]
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 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 […]
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 is pictured with Fr. Brian Broaders, Parish Priest in Rathnure, planting a tree to commemorate his Golden Jubilee.
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 […]
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.” […]
MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 2020 WORLD DAY OF VOCATIONS 3rd May 2020 Dear Brothers and Sisters, On 4 August last year, the 160th anniversary of the death of the Curé of Ars, I chose to write a letter to all those priests who daily devote their lives to the service of […]
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 […]
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 […]