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Two Derry students have been awarded first and second place in a national essay-writing competition for senior cycle students.

Conal Fagan, 17, of St Columb’s College took first place in the Life Advocate Awards.

This was the inaugural year of the Life Advocate Awards which were set up to encourage research and critical-thinking on human rights and right to life issues.Students were asked to discuss the words of Mahatma Gandhi who said: “The measure of society is in how it treats its most vulnerable members”.

Bishop McKeown welcomes Pope Francis’ announcement at a Press Conference at the Vatican this morning of the dates and theme for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in 2018: 22 to 26 August 2018, with the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.

Thursday, 19 May 2016 11:59

Derry Diocesan Pilgrimages to Lough Derg

Pope Francis has placed pilgrimage at the heart of the Jubilee year of Mercy. Bishop Donal will lead 3 pilgrimages to Lough Derg this summer:

17th - 19th June; 5th - 7th August and a walking pilgrimage from 15th - 17th June. 

For more information and bookings please contact 02871264087 or

Our Gospel reading at Mass yesterday has Jesus saying to his apostles, Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you. From the cries of anguish and relief last Friday night as Sr Clare’s coffin came round the final corner after her long journey home, I know that there are many people – both here and in Ecuador – who hunger for peace in the face of this earthquake and the deaths it caused. And Sr Clare’s family here in Derry and her religious family wonder why on earth a young, generous woman should be plucked from our midst. Couldn’t she have done so much in the aftermath of the earthquake?

Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:38

Lough Derg Pilgrimages - Year of Mercy

Diocesan Lough Derg Pilgrimages for Year of Mercy: In this Jubilee of Mercy, there are two Diocesan Pilgrimages to Lough Derg. Bishop McKeown invites you to join in one or both! The first pilgrimage is from 17-19 June and the second one is from 5-7 August.

Thursday, 28 April 2016 09:47

Irish Church Music - Summer School

Following two very successful Summer Schools in 2014 and 2015 by scheduling it with a weekend, this year we continue with another slight adjustment. Summer School 2016 begins on Wednesday 6 July and ends on Saturday 9 July. This change will greatly facilitated all those people who cannot take a week away from the workplace.

For more information and booking details visit: www.irishchurchmusicassociation.com 

Thursday, 28 April 2016 09:41

St Eugene's Cathedral - Little Way Novena

The Little Way Novena will take place in St Eugene’s Cathedral from Saturday, 7th May until Sunday, 15th May. The theme is ‘How happy am I to see myself as imperfect and to be in need of God’s Mercy’.

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