Statement by Bishop Leo O’Reilly on the publication of the report of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry

I welcome the publication today by Judge Anthony Hart of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry Report. From the outset I wish to apologise to everyone who suffered abuse perpetrated by a priest or religious. To abuse a child is a most abhorrent act, is evil and to be condemned unreservedly. Today I am thinking in […]

Bishop Leo’s New Year Message 2017

NEW YEAR MESSAGE 2017 Bishop Leo O’Reilly New Year’s Day is the day that the Church celebrates the annual World Day of Peace. This year marks the fiftieth World Day of Peace. It was inaugurated by Pope Paul VI and, since then, there has been a message each year from the Holy Father to mark […]

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2016 Bishop Leo O’Reilly

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2016 Bishop Leo O’Reilly Christmas greetings to you wherever you are today. Every family has their own particular way of marking Christmas, their own traditions and rituals which are often handed down from parents or grandparents. Still, we are all united in remembering and celebrating the birth of Christ our Saviour. Christmas, we […]

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Bishop’s homily at Mass for the Closing Of The Year Of Consecrated Life

MASS FOR CLOSING OF YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE Cathedral of St Patrick and St Felim Cavan 31 January 2016 It is providential that the Year of Consecrated Life ends some weeks after the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The intersection of the two years points to an important link between mission of consecrated […]

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Bishop’s address at the ecumenical service to celebrate Church Unity Week 2016

  CHURCH UNITY WEEK Church of Ireland, Cavan  24 January 2016  My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, it is good that we are here during this week of prayer for Christian unity to pray together and to express the faith that we share in common. We are already united by the Spirit living in […]

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Bishop’s homily at Mass to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. 2016

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2016 St Ninidh’s Church Derrylin The theme of Catholic Schools Week this year is: ‘Challenged to proclaim God’s Mercy’. The theme of God’s Mercy was chosen because this year is the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  Pope Francis inaugurated the Year of Mercy on 8th December last by opening the Holy Door in […]

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Bishop’s homily on World Day of Prayer For Peace 1 January 2016

 WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE 1 JANUARY 2016 We begin the New Year as always with the celebration of the feast of Mary, the Mother of God. We place ourselves, our families, our Church and our people under her protection and we ask God’s blessing on us and on all we undertake in the […]

Bishop Leo’s New year Message 2016

  NEW YEAR MESSAGE Bishop Leo O’Reilly 1st January 2016 We begin the New Year as always with the celebration of the feast of Mary, the Mother of God. We place ourselves, our families, our Church and our people under her protection and we ask God’s blessing on us and on all we undertake in […]

Bishop Leo’s Christmas Message 2015

Christmas Message 2015 Bishop Leo O’Reilly This year we are celebrating Christmas during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. This Holy Year was inaugurated by Pope Francis a few weeks ago, when he opened the Holy Door in St Peter’s in Rome. We launched the Jubilee a week later in our own diocese by opening a […]

Bishop’s homily at the inauguration of the Holy Door of Mercy 13th December 2015

INAUGURATION OF JUBILEE OF MERCY 13 Dec 15 Today we inaugurate the Jubilee Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis last April. The Pope himself launched the Jubilee Year on Tuesday last, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, by opening the Holy Door and celebrating Mass in St Peter’s in Rome. We have just opened […]

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