Bishop Leo O’Reilly’s Homily at the Funeral Mass of the late Fr. Dan Sheridan, former Parish Priest of Killeshandra – 23 January 2019

The words of the book of Ecclesiastes set the tone of our liturgy as we come together to take leave of Fr Dan Sheridan: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to pluck […]

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Bishop Leo O’Reilly Pastoral Letter on his retirement – December 2018

Bishop Leo’s final Pastoral letter as Bishop of Kilmore may be accessed by using this link: Bishop Leo’s Letter December 2018  


Some months ago Bishop Leo O’Reilly, on medical advice, wrote to Pope Francis requesting him to accept his early retirement as Bishop of Kilmore due to ill-health, in accordance with Canon 401, #2 of the Code of Canon Law. It is announced this morning in Rome (at noon, local time) that Pope Francis has accepted […]

Bishop Leo O’Reilly’s Homily for Christmas Eve 2018

I happened to tune in to a radio programme in Germany a couple of days ago. It was about an unusual carol service that takes place every year in a football stadium in East Berlin. East Berlin of course was the capital of the former Communist East Germany. Of all the regions of the old […]

Bishop Leo O’Reilly’s Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Advent 2018

I had a call from someone in Northern Sound radio during the week asking if I wanted to do a message for Christmas Day. I said I had already recorded a piece for the religious slot on Christmas morning, but he said he wanted something for the news and current affairs programme. He suggested a […]

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Bishop Leo O’Reilly’s Christmas Message 2018

Warmest Christmas Greetings to all our people in the diocese of Kilmore, here at home and all around the world. No more than yourselves, I am very fond of Christmas. I love the carols and the cards, the decorations and the crib, the packed church at the Christmas eve Mass, the sense of togetherness and […]

Abortion cannot be supported – Statement from the Irish Catholic Bishops – December 2018

Following their recent Winter General Meeting in Maynooth, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ have published the following statement: “We are dismayed that, for the most part, the voices of those who voted against abortion in May’s referendum have been ignored.  Even what many people would have deemed to have be very reasonable legislative amendments seeking to […]

Bishop O’Reilly’s Address at the Official Opening and Blessing of Scoil Chlann Naofa, Ballinamore – 15 November 2018

SCOIL CHLANN NAOFA BALLINAMORE BLESSING AND OFFICIAL OPENING 15 November 2018 It’s very fitting that this new school has chosen the name Scoil Chlann Naofa in the year when we celebrated the World Meeting of Families. The school is a family of families, and the Holy Family of Nazareth, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, is a […]

Bishop O’Reilly’s Homily at Annual Diocesan Pioneer Association Mass – 4 November 2018

Bishop Leo O’Reilly was the principal celebrant of the Annual Diocesan P.T.A.A. Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Belturbet on Sunday 4 November 2018 which was followed by a Dinner Dance in the Seven Horseshoes Hotel. A presentation was made to the new President of P.T.A.A. Mr Matt Boylan from the Ballyjamesduff Centre.  […]

Bishop’s Address at Official Opening of the New Facilities at Scoil Naomh Brid, Ballyconnell

Pictured above from left to right: Deputy Martin Kenny TD, Robbie Allison (Crossdoney Construction),  Cllr. Madeleine Argue (Cathaoirleach, Cavan County Council), Tony Connolly (Chair, Board of Management), Cllr. John Paul Feely, Cllr. Peter McVitty, Deputy Heather Humphreys TD (Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation), Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Terence Reynolds (School Principal), Cllr. Damien Brady, Deputy […]