Bishop Donal McKeown ordained Rev Seán O'Donnell, a native of the Parish of Iskaheen, to the pristhood for the Diocese of Derry at a ceremony in St Eugene's Cathedral, Derry.
Below is the text of Bishop McKeown's Homily:
Nine Maynooth men reached a milestone in their priestly formation on May 31st, when they were ordained deacons by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, during a Mass celebrated in College Chapel, St Patrick's College Maynooth before a congregation of approximately 500 people. Christopher McDermott, a native of the Parish of Melmount in Strabane, was ordained for the Dicoese of Derry.
To celebrate the year of St Columbanus in this year dedicated to Consecrated Life, Ardmore Parish is hosting a Pilgrimage to Devenish Island, Monastic Site on Lough Erne, near where St Columbanus was educated.
The Pilgrimage takes place on Saturday 20th June 2015: 8.15am Departure Leaving from Ardmore Car Park. Cost is £30 (payable on booking) which includes travel and evening meal.
On 23rd May, the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero will take place in Rome.
Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador in El Salvador, was assassinated on March 24th , 1980, whilst celebrating Mass in a small chapel in a hospital.
He had always been close to his people and preached a prophetic gospel. He denounced the many injustices in his country, and supported the poor and the development of social groups.
World Youth Day, founded by Saint John Paul II, is the largest gathering of its kind in the world. It is celebrated every three years, each year moving to a different country, with the Pope presiding over the event. WYD is an excellent opportunity for young people from across our diocese to come together, in fellowship, with other young Catholics from around the world, to share and engage in their faith.