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The Vatican has published the text of the new Encyclical Letter from Pope Francis which is called Laudato si. For the full text of the Encyclical please click here: Laudato Si 

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. 

Diploma in Pastoral Theology at Drumalis in association with St. Patrick's Pontifical College, Maynooth - A two-year, part-time intensive course beginning in September 2015.

Monday, 01 June 2015 07:09

Pilgrimage to Devenish Island

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.
There are 4 places still available. To book contact the Ardmore Parish Office Tel: 02871349490 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Thursday, 21 May 2015 07:43

World Youth Day 2016

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.

Next year, WYD will be held in Kraków, Poland from 24th - 31st July 2016. If you are aged between 18 - 35 and would like to be part of this Derry Diocesan pilgrimage, then please register your interest before Wednesday 1st July 2015 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or alternatively, contact The Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre on 02871 264087.

Monday, 11 May 2015 18:39

MA in Catholic School Leadership

Working in Partnership with Saint Mary's University, Twickenham, the Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre will offer the MA in Catholic School Leadership beginning Autumn 2015. This is a post graduate degree dedicated to the professional development and spiritual formation of Catholic school leaders. It is a great opportunity for those who aspire to leadership roles within the Catholic School system. An information session will take place in Saint Mary's College, Derry, on Monday 22nd June, at 4pm. If you would like to attend the session or require any further information please contact The Derry Diocesan Catechetical Centre 02871264087 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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