Bishop Hayes’ Reflection on Pope Francis’ Message for 2023 World Day of Peace

A Reflection by Bishop Martin Hayes of Kilmore on the Message of the Holy Father Francis for the 56th World Day of Peace – 1st January 2023 with reference to the Scripture Readings of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.   In this time of global turmoil due to the war in Ukraine and […]

Bishop Hayes’ Homily at Fr. Thomas Small’s Ordination 27/09/2020

Bishop Martin Hayes’ Homily at Fr. Thomas Small’s Ordination in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, on Sunday 27 September 2020 God calls; there is ‘a still small voice’ that calls each one of us – a calling that is there before we are born.  God calls each one of us…”Before, I […]

Monsignor Liam Kelly’s Homily during Kilmore Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – June 2019

Homily Preached at the Grotto In Lourdes 3 June 2019 Blessed are the Poor in Spirit The year 1844, that is the year that Saint Bernadette was born in, was a time of great poverty in Ireland as the country hurtled headlong towards the great Famine. It was also a time of great poverty here […]

Monsignor Liam Kelly’s Homily at the Funeral Mass of the late Fr. Felim Kelly, former Parish Priest of Castlerahan & Munterconnaught – Saturday 4 May 2019 – St. Mary’s Church, Castlerahan

One of my favourite feast days is the Feast of St Joseph the worker which falls on the 1 May each year.  The feast day falls at that time of year when April turns into May and the signs of spring and new life are everywhere. Nature, as it stirs into new life after a […]

Monsignor Liam Kelly’s Homily at Month’s Memory Mass for Fr. Dan Sheridan, former Parish Priest of Killeshandra – 23 February 2019

Month’s Memory Mass of Fr Dan Sheridan The virtuous man, though he die before his time will find rest. The last year two years have taken their toll on us the priests of the diocese of Kilmore. Charlie Heerey died in April 2017, Felim McGovern in September, Brian MacNamara in October and Ray Brady in […]

Monsignor Kelly’s Homily – 15 February 2019 – World Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse

Homily Preached by Monsignor Liam Kelly, Diocesan Administrator, in the Cathedral of SS. Patrick & Felim, Cavan on 15 February 2019, the World Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse The Lord is my shepherd there is nothing I shall want We gather here this evening, on this world day of prayer for […]

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 […]