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Death of V Rev James B. Canon Curtis

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              The death has taken place of V. Rev James B. Canon Curtis.  Reposing in Mulligan’s Funeral Home, The Faythe, Wexford, on Sunday from 3pm until removal at 6.30pm to St. Martin’s Church, Piercestown. Funeral Mass on Monday at 1pm, burial afterwards in Courthoyle Old Cemetery. You are welcome […]

Death of Fr. Tommy Canon Doyle

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The Death has taken place of V Rev Tommy Canon Doyle, retired Parish Priest of Craanford.  Beloved brother of Breda, Eileen, Carmel, Benny, Eamonn, James and Micko.  Reposing at Murphy’s Funeral Home, The Avenue, Gorey on Thursday 27th January from 2 p.m. with removal at 6.30 p.m. to St. Patrick’s Church Craanford. Funeral Mass on […]

Death of Fr. Jimmy Ryan

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The death has occurred of Father Jimmy Ryan, on  21st January 2022,   Priest in Residence in Cleariestown and formally of Horeswood. Beloved brother of Nicholas and  Peggy (Rowe)  “May He Rest in Peace” Removal from Ryans Funeral Home, Wellingtonbridge on Sunday at 6pm to St. Mannon’s Church, Cleariestown.   Funeral Mass on Monday at 2pm with […]

Data Protection Officer (Re-advertised)

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Dioceses of Ferns, Kildare & Leighlin and Ossory invite applications from suitably qualified persons for the position of Data Protection Officer – DPO (Dioceses of Ferns, Kildare & Leighlin and Ossory) (This position can be based in any of the three Dioceses) This will be a 3 Year Part-Time Fixed Term Contract (16 hours) The […]

Death of Fr. Murty Byrne

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The death has occurred of Father Murty Byrne on  13th October 2021.  Parish Priest of Ballymore /Mayglass Parish and formally of Muchtown, Rathangan. Beloved brother of Jim, Seanie, Blee and Ell. Sadly missed by his brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, parishioners, neighbours and friends. “May He Rest in Peace” Reposing in Ballymore Church on Thursday […]

Ordination of Bishop Ger Nash

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Bishop Ger Nash was ordained as the 81st Bishop of Ferns on Sunday 5th September 2021 in St. Aidan’s Cathedral Enniscorthy.   

Novena of Prayer before the Ordination of the Bishop of Ferns

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  A Novena of Prayer before the Ordination of the Bishop of Ferns   5th September 2021   “With one mind they devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” (Acts 1:14)   The occasion of the appointment and ordination of Fr. Ger Nash as the […]

First Communions and Confirmations cancelled-Government Announcement

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STATEMENT  The government has announced that First Communion and Confirmation ceremonies should be deferred until further notice.  The disappointment of candidates and their families is acknowledged by the diocese as is the genuine good work and preparation that has been undertaken throughout the year by teachers, priests, catechists and parish teams.  The ongoing Covid compliant […]

Diocesan Appointments

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The Apostolic Administrator of Ferns, Bishop Denis Brennan, has announced the following clerical appointments:   Fr. Chris Hayden as spiritual director to St. Patrick’s Seminary, Maynooth for a period of three years.   Fr. Brian Whelan as administrator of the parish of Craanford for a further 12 months.    

Words of welcome to Bishop-elect by Bishop Brennan

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I warmly welcome the appointment of Father Ger Nash of the Diocese of Killaloe as my successor as Bishop of Ferns.   I know that the people of Ferns, priests, religious, and lay faithful will welcome him too, and make him feel at home in their midst.    I heartily congratulate him on his appointment and trust […]

Address by Bishop-elect Ger Nash on his appointment as Bishop of Ferns

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Dia is Muire dhibh go léir. Good morning and thank you for being here.  I welcome, in particular, the people and priests of Ferns who are tuning in via webcam.   As we gather here in this beautiful cathedral, it is with a great sense of unworthiness that I accept the gracious invitation of Pope Francis to […]

New Bishop for Diocese of Ferns

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His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Father Ger Nash, a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Ferns. Pictured are Bishop Denis Brennan,  Bishop-elect Ger Nash and His Excellency Most Reverend Jude  Okolo, Papal Nuncio to Ireland

Reopening of churches for public worship

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As you will be aware, new Covid guidelines were issued yesterday by government which involve the reopening of churches for public worship, from Monday 10th May 2021.  Priests  – and their co-workers – are now invited to take steps to make church buildings ready for reopening to congregations. Gratitude is extended afresh for mammoth efforts in […]

Further delay in resettling refugee children “appalling” – Bishop Denis Brennan

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Further delay in resettling refugee children “appalling” – Bishop Denis Brennan “I call on Government to act as quickly and decisively as possible in this case to bring these children to safety and shelter” – Bishop Brennan Following further delays to the resettlement of children to Ireland from the Moria refugee camp in Greece, Bishop […]

The Diocese of Ferns Virtual Pilgrimage to Lourdes

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The Diocese of Ferns Virtual Pilgrimage to Lourdes 9th to 13th May 2021 Mass intentions can be emailed/posted to St. Aidan’s Cathedral.  These will be placed on the Altar for the duration f the Pilgrimage.    The Masses and ceremonies will be on-line only and will come from St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy.  Join us at […]

Easter 2021 message of Bishop Denis Brennan

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Easter 2021 message of Bishop Denis Brennan   In an interview with La Civilita Catolica, published on 23 October 2020, the newly appointed secretary of the synod of Bishops in Rome, Cardinal Mario Grech, made a very thought-provoking comment regarding lockdown, restrictions, and church life.  He said: “I find it curious that many people have complained about […]

Presentation to Bishop Denis Brennan to (belatedly) mark his Golden Jubilee

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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 […]

Mr. Mick Kavanagh appointed Director of Safeguarding for Ferns diocese.

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 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 […]

“Welcoming vaccines for the Common Good”

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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 […]

Diocesan appointments in the Diocese of Ferns

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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) […]

Death of Very Reverend Noel Canon Hartley

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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 […]

Annual Christmas Appeal

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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.

Diocese of Ferns supports annual St Vincent de Paul Collection

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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

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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. 

Every Vote counts in local Gorey context for new Secondary School.

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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 […]

Diocesan Appointments

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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.