February 29, 2024

Referendums on March 8 – Statement of Archbishop Farrell

The Family (39th) and Care (40th) Amendments to the Constitution Statement of Archbishop Dermot Farrell Voting is a way to show that we care about making society better. In Catholic social teaching, it’s important to take part in the democratic process. The Catholic Church says that everyone should vote responsibly […]
February 6, 2024

Statement of Archbishop Farrell on the death of former Taoiseach John Bruton

Statement on the death of the Former Taoiseach John Bruton February 6, 2024 It was with profound sadness that I learned this morning of the death of John Bruton. Throughout his life and long political career, John was dedicated and inspiring politician, committed to the flourishing of Ireland, and to […]
January 28, 2024

Homily of Archbishop Farrell at diaconal ordination, Church Street, Dublin

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the diaconal ordination of Brother Antony Kurian OFM Cap Capuchin Friary, Church Street, Dublin 7 Sunday, January 28, 2024   Diaconate—Call to Prophetic Service It is a great joy for me to be with you today to ordain Brother Antony Kurian to the Diaconate. […]
January 21, 2024

“Called to Meet our Fear” – Homily of Archbishop Farrell

“Called to Meet our Fear” Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell St Patrick’s Church, Corduff, Blanchardstown January 21, 2024 – 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time and the Sunday of the Word of God   “Now the word of the Lord was addressed to Jonah, “Up!” he said, “and go to Nineveh, the great […]
January 1, 2024

World Day of Peace – Homily of Archbishop Farrell

Mass for the World Day of Peace Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell Church of the Holy Spirit, Ballyroan, Dublin 14 January 1, 2024 This morning, on the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, we come together to pray for peace in our world. We gather against a backdrop of […]
December 24, 2023

Christmas Eve 2023 – Homily of Archbishop Farrell

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell Mass at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Christmas Eve 2023   The chorus of Handel’s Messiah begins with a delicate “For unto us a child is born”, and builds to a thunderous “And his name shall be called Wonderful…” In similar manner St Luke’s account of the […]
December 3, 2023

St Andrew’s, Westland Row, First Sunday of Advent 2023 – homily of Archbishop Farrell

First Sunday of Advent 2023 Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell St Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, Dublin Today’s readings summon us to wait in joyful hope for Christ’s [second] coming, and to be vigilant and alert, for God may touch our lives in surprising ways. This summons is a big challenge, […]
November 26, 2023

Archbishop Farrell – Address to mark 800th anniversary of Franciscan Rule

Archbishop Dermot Farrell Address to Mark the 800th Anniversary of the Confirmation of the Franciscan Rule College Chapel, Maynooth College, November 26, 2023 My friends, as we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the approval of the Franciscan Rule by Pope Honorius III in late November 1223, I would like to give […]
November 25, 2023

Talk by Archbishop Farrell at PARISHES CARING FOR CREATION

Talk by Archbishop Dermot Farrell at PARISHES CARING FOR CREATION, the Archdiocese of Dublin’s Laudato Si’ conference Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Friday, November 24, 2023   The fight against climate change is moving at a snail’s pace on a global scale. Eight years after the Paris Climate Agreement to keep […]
November 25, 2023

Statement on the Riots in Dublin City Centre – Archbishop Farrell

Statement on the Riots in Dublin City Centre Archbishop Dermot Farrell November 25, 2023   The shocking events on the streets of our city on Thursday afternoon and evening have dismayed us all. We have seen with our own eyes, how violence puts everyone—especially the vulnerable and the innocent—in mortal […]
November 14, 2023

Feast of St Laurence O’Toole – Homily of Archbishop Farrell

Feast of St Laurence O’Toole Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell Tuesday, November 14, 2023 St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 10.30 am In celebrating the feast of the patron of our diocese, we give thanks to God for the graces bestowed on St Laurence O’Toole in his life, and for the gift of […]
November 11, 2023

Homily of Archbishop Farrell – Mass for the Priests of the Archdiocese deceased since November 2022

Mass for the Priests of the Archdiocese deceased since November 2022 Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, November 11, 2023   Wanting to See Jesus In today’s Gospel some Greeks who have come up to Jerusalem for the Passover seek out Jesus. They ask an interesting question: […]
October 25, 2023

Servants of Consolation and Witnesses of Hope: Ministry to the Bereaved in a Time of Change

Servants of Consolation and Witnesses of Hope: Ministry to the Bereaved in a Time of Change Archbishop Dermot Farrell, Pastoral Letter November 2023 “The life and death of each of us has its influence on others” – so says Saint Paul in his Letter to the Romans, his pastoral letter […]
October 2, 2023

Commencement of the Michaelmas Law Term – homily of Archbishop Farrell

  Mass of the Holy Spirit on the Occasion of the Commencement of the Michaelmas Law Term St Michan’s Church, Halston Street, Dublin: October 2, 2023 Introduction I am very happy to be with you this morning to celebrate this Mass at the commencement of the new Law Term. In […]
September 8, 2023

Mass at Lourdes Grotto – Homily of Archbishop Farrell

Mass for the Opening of Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage at the Lourdes Grotto Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8, 2023 My friends in Christ, a chairde i gCríost, we gather here this morning, at the shrine of Mary, to begin our pilgrimage. We begin on September […]
August 27, 2023

Fifth anniversary of the World Meeting of Families – homily of Archbishop Farrell

Introduction and Homily to Mark the 5th Anniversary of World Meeting of Families St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Sunday, August 27, 2023, at 11am   Introduction to the Liturgy My brothers and sisters I welcome you to our Sunday Mass, on this day when the Liturgy (the Church) puts before us Jesus, […]
June 11, 2023

Archbishop Farrell’s words of welcome for Archbishop Luis Mariano Montemayor

Archbishop Dermot Farrell’s Words of Welcome on the Occasion of the Liturgical Reception of Archbishop Luis Mariano Montemayor, Apostolic Nuncio, in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin Sunday, June 11, 2023 Brothers and sisters, dear friends in Christ, it is with joy that we gather here in the Pro-Cathedral this morning on […]
June 3, 2023

Feast of St Kevin 2023 – Homily of Archbishop Farrell

Feast of St Kevin St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral June 3, 2023   Remembering Saint Kevin—Welcoming God’s Future To remember St Kevin is to call to mind not only the patron of our diocese, but it is to celebrate the roots of the Church in this Diocese of Dublin. Celebrating our roots […]
May 8, 2023

Marking the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Loreto Primary School, Rathfarnham

Marking the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Loreto Primary School, Rathfarnham Archbishop Dermot Farrell Friday, 5th May marks the 200th anniversary of the establishment in 1823 of Loreto Primary School in Rathfarnham, Dublin. This occurred eight years before the Act establishing primary national education system in Ireland was enacted. […]
April 29, 2023

Archbishop Farrell: Message for Vocations Sunday 2023

Archbishop Dermot Farrell – Message for Vocations Sunday 2023   Things take the time they take. Don’t worry. How many roads did St. Augustine follow before he became St. Augustine? (Mary Oliver, Felicity, 2015) Finding our way is rarely easy. How many roads did Augustine follow before he became Saint Augustine… […]
April 29, 2023

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock – Homily of Archbishop Farrell

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock Saturday, April 29, 2023 Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell “After this, many of his disciples left him and stopped walking with him, and returned to their former way of life. Then Jesus said to the Twelve, “What about you, do you also want to go […]
April 6, 2023

Chrism Mass 2023 – Homily of Archbishop Farrell

Chrism Mass St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Thursday, 6th April 2023 Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell   “The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to the […]
March 25, 2023

Day for Consecrated Life – Homily of Archbishop Farrell

Day for Consecrated Life Holy Cross Church, Dundrum, March 25, 2023 Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell I welcome you all—in person and virtually—to today’s celebration of consecrated life, religious women and men, as well those who have embraced a consecrated life, in other forms. We haven’t gathered since 2020, so […]
March 17, 2023

St Patrick’s Day – homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell

St Patrick’s Day 2023: St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral 10.30am Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell We gather to give thanks to God for the gift of Patrick, whose preaching and ministry planted a seed that grew in the hearts of successive generations of Irish people, down to our own day. Patrick offered […]
February 24, 2023

Archbishop Farrell: Homily at Mass for the Association of Papal Orders in Ireland

Mass for the Association of Papal Orders in Ireland Church of the Holy Rosary, McKee Barracks, Dublin 24th February 2023  “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” These words of the Mass, recited when the […]
January 22, 2023

Archbishop Farrell’s introductory remarks at the episcopal ordination of Fr Niall Coll

Introductory remarks: Episcopal ordination of Fr Niall Coll, Ossory St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny January 22, 2023 It is a great honour for me, in the name of Saint Laurence O’Toole and St Kevin, to come here this afternoon to ordain Father Niall Coll as Bishop of Ossory, the next successor […]
January 15, 2023

Santo Niño Sunday: Homily of Archbishop Farrell at St Joseph’s, Berkeley Road

2nd Sunday of the Year 2023, St Joseph’s, Berkeley Road Mass with the Filipino Community: Santo Niño Sunday Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell “A child is born to us, a son is given us” (Isa 9:5). It is a great privilege for me to celebrate Señor Santo Niño Sunday with […]
January 1, 2023

Homily of Archbishop Farrell at Mass for the World Day of Peace

Mass for the World Day of Peace, 1st January 2023 St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 11.00 am Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell An eol duit, a Mhuire, Cá rachair i mbliana Ag iarraidh foscaidh Do do leanbh Naofa Tráth bhfuil gach doras Dúnta ina éadan Ag fuath is uabhar An chine daonna? […]
December 24, 2022

Christmas 2022 – Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Christmas 2022 – Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at 9pm Mass at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin The response of the world in which we live, the reaction of our culture, is to make the story of Christmas into a fairy story: “…and they all lived happily ever after.” However, the […]
November 27, 2022

St Andrew’s, Westland Row, First Sunday of Advent – homily of Archbishop Farrell

St Andrew’s Parish, Westland Row, First Sunday of Advent 2022 Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell “You know ‘the time’ has come: you must wake up now”—says Paul to the Romans in the reading we have just heard—“our salvation is even nearer than when we came to know Christ” (Rom 13:11). […]
November 20, 2022

Solemnity of Christ the King – Homily of Archbishop Farrell in Blackrock

Solemnity of Christ the King Sunday, November 20, 2022 Blackrock Parish “Today you will be with me in Paradise” are the unforgettable words of the crucified Jesus to one we call the Good Thief. They are words of acceptance, promise, and hope. The feast that we celebrate today, the Solemnity […]
November 17, 2022

Mass for Deceased Members of An Garda Síochána – Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Mass for Deceased Members of An Garda Síochána in this, their Centenary Year 2022 Church of the Holy Family, Aughrim Street, 17th November 2022 Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell We are gathered together in the Church of the Holy Family, Aughrim Street, to remember and honour serving members of an […]
November 14, 2022

Homily of Archbishop Farrell on the Feast of St Laurence O’Toole

Feast of St Laurence O’Toole, Patron of the Archdiocese of Dublin Monday, November 14, 2022 Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at Mass in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral In the quest to seek and find God in all things, there is always an area of uncertainty. Indeed, there must be. If a […]
November 12, 2022

Mass for deceased priests of the Archdiocese: Archbishop Farrell’s homily

Mass for the Priests of the Archdiocese deceased since November 2021 St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 12th November 2022 Every year we gather during the month of November to pray for the priests and bishops of the diocese—our brothers in the service of the one Lord, whom the Father has called from […]
October 3, 2022

Homily of Archbishop Farrell at Mass for the Commencement of the Michaelmas Law Term

Mass of the Holy Spirit on the Occasion of the Commencement of the Michaelmas Law Term St Michan’s Church, Halston Street, Dublin: October 3, 2022 I am very happy to be with you today to celebrate this Mass at the commencement of the new Law Term. In doing so, I […]
September 22, 2022

Archbishop Farrell: Homily for the Opening of the Academic Year

Opening of the Academic Year Mass at DCU St Patrick’s Campus September 22, 2022 I welcome all who have joined us for this Mass for the opening of the academic year. The world around us always faces many challenges, but it is a long time since we have lived in […]
August 15, 2022

Solemnity of the Assumption – Homily of Archbishop Farrell

Solemnity of the Assumption, 2022 Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral 1 His Servant in her Lowliness Today is a day of hope. To celebrate the Assumption is to enter into the hope and the confidence God has for us: “He has looked upon his servant in her […]
June 9, 2022

A New Pentecost: Moving to the Edges – Archbishop Dermot Farrell at Ecumenical Bible Week

Speaking notes of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for a Panel Discussion during Ecumenical Bible Week on the topic A New Pentecost: Moving to the Edges June 9, 2022 I thank you for your invitation to this Ecumenical Bible Week, and indeed for the interesting title which brings a number of questions […]
June 3, 2022

Feast of St Kevin – homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Feast of St Kevin, 3rd June 2022. 10.30am, St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell Saint Kevin (c. 498-618), was “the gospel clothed, as it were, in a body” (Alban Butler).  In honouring him as a model of living the gospel of Christ, we celebrate all the people of […]
May 8, 2022

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell – Good Shepherd Sunday

HOMILY OF ARCHBISHOP DERMOT FARRELL GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY  4th Sunday Easter 2022, Sandyford, 11.00 am Good Shepherd Sunday is the day when we pray for an increase in vocations to priesthood and religious life. I am blessed to know, and have known, so many priests who are what they do […]
April 16, 2022

Easter Vigil homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Welcoming the stranger is the Resurrection in action! The essential support of the State and NGOs is no replacement for the concreteness and warmth of our love: how we welcome the stranger is the measure of our faith. Easter Vigil 2022, St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, April 16, 9pm Why do you […]
April 14, 2022

Chrism Mass homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Chrism Mass homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 13th April 2022, 7.30pm   My sisters and brothers, gathered here at this evening’s Mass, we—the people of this diocese, of this ‘church’—in our diverse roles and different stories, form the visible sign of the unity of the Church. All […]
April 14, 2022

Living the Hope of Easter: Archbishop Dermot Farrell, Pastoral Letter, Easter 2022

    “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him.” (John 20:2). Mary’s grief at the death of her Lord, is compounded by the shock of the empty tomb. Someone has taken the body of the one she loves. Like Mary Magdalene […]
March 25, 2022

Archbishop Farrell: Homily for Prayer Service for Peace in Ukraine and Dedication of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell on the occasion of a Prayer Service for Peace in Ukraine and Dedication of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, 4pm, Friday, March 25, 2022  Today we gather at the invitation of Pope Francis to pray for […]
March 17, 2022

Archbishop Dermot Farrell – Homily for St Patrick’s Day 2022

St Patrick’s Day 2022: St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral 2022 at 10.30 am The Lord guarded me before I knew him, and before I came to wisdom and could distinguish between good and evil. He protected me and consoled me as a father does for his child. That is why I cannot […]
March 5, 2022

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Diaconate Ordination of Anthony Kavanagh O.P and Kellan Scott O.P

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Diaconate Ordination of Anthony Kavanagh O.P and Kellan Scott O.P Dominican Priory, Dominic Street, 5thMarch 2022   It is a great joy for me to be here today to ordain Anthony Kavanagh and Kellan Scott to the Diaconate. Everyone knows the Dominicans as […]
March 4, 2022

Presidencies of Ireland, Scotland and England & Wales call for prayer and peace for Ukraine

      This is a time for peacemaking and witness to peace, not the senseless call to violence – Archbishop Dermot Farrell.   Meeting in London, today, 4th March 2022, the Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales, Ireland, and Scotland said: Statement: In […]
February 26, 2022

Statement from Archbishop Dermot Farrell on the Invasion of Ukraine

  Statement from Archbishop Dermot Farrell on the Invasion of Ukraine   I wish to express my shock and dismay at the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine.   Significant diplomatic efforts have come to naught in the brutal, cynical, and a very violent invasion of Ukraine in recent days. My heart […]
February 20, 2022

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Ordination to the Priesthood of Joseph Keegan

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Ordination to the Priesthood of Joseph Keegan, Church of the Most Precious Blood, Cabra 20th February 2022   I welcome you to the ordination ceremony this afternoon; I welcome Joseph; your parents, Andrew and Alice; your family members’ and extended family.  I also […]
February 19, 2022

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Anniversary of the Death of Blessed John Sullivan, SJ.

Anniversary of the Death of Blessed John Sullivan, SJ Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell, Archbishop of Dublin St Francis Xavier Church, Gardiner Street, 19th February 2022. I am delighted to come here this morning to celebrate the annual Mass on the anniversary of the death of Father John Sullivan, and […]
February 13, 2022

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the 6th Sunday of the Year

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the 6th Sunday of the Year Church of the Holy Trinity, Donaghmede, 13th February 2022    The Beatitudes are often described as the Christian’s identity card. They identify us as disciples of Jesus.  The Beatitudes are a self-portrait of Jesus.   We know him exactly […]
February 5, 2022

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for Celebration of the Eucharist to Mark the Day of Consecrated Life 2022

  Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for Celebration of the Eucharist to Mark the Day of Consecrated Life 2022 Redemptoristine Monastery, Iona Road, 5th February 2022 Every year the Church celebrates the World Day of Consecrated Life.  It is an occasion to thank the Lord for the gift of lives […]
January 29, 2022

Divine Word Ordinations 2022

  Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Ordination to the Priesthood of Liwei Huang, Joseph Mansah and Clement Narcher of the Society of Divine Word Missionaries. St Philip the Apostle, Mountview. 29th January 2022   As we gather for the ordination to the priesthood of Liwei, Joseph and Clement, I […]
January 1, 2022

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the Annual Mass for the World Day of Peace

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the Annual Mass for the World Day of Peace Church of Our Lady of Victories, Ballymun, 1st January 2022   We gather in Ballymun in this church dedicated to our Lady of Victories, and we gather on a day that the Church dedicates to […]
December 24, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for Christmas 2021

CHRISTMAS NIGHT 2021   Homily notes of Archbishop Dermot Farrell St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 24th December 2021   Our lives rarely, if ever turn out as we expect.  Every human life is a profound gift that is beyond our horizon.   We dream of a job we would like to get, or […]
November 28, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the First Sunday of Advent

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the First Sunday of Advent St Andrew’s Church, Westland Row  28th November 2021     Waiting In Challenging Times There are many ways to wait. And waiting has moved to the centre of our lives in ways that we couldn’t have imagined two short […]
November 25, 2021

Pastoral Letter for Advent from Archbishop Dermot Farrell

Pastoral Letter for Advent 2021 On the First Sunday of Advent our Church, and many others, begin a new Church year. The Church begins its year with a time of hope, and Advent—so frequently ‘lost’ in the preparation for Christmas—is the season of hope par excellence. It is the season […]
November 13, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the Annual Mass for the Deceased Priests

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the Annual Mass for the Deceased Priests St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 13th November 2021.   Every year we gather during the month of November to pray for our brother priests and bishops who have died, and especially those who have died during the past year.  For […]
November 10, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the Mass for the Opening of the Academic Year

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the Mass for the Opening of the Academic Year Wednesday, 10th November 2021 St Patrick’s Campus, DCU.   Welcome to all who have joined us for this Mass for the Opening of academic year as we ask God’s blessings on our work.  The importance […]
October 29, 2021

Together for the Life of the World; Hope for Change in the Face of the Climate Crisis

Together for the Life of the World Hope for Change in the Face of the Climate Crisis A MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP DERMOT FARRELL · NOVEMBER 2021   Click on the image below to read Archbishop Dermot Farrell’s message for the commencement of COP26   
October 17, 2021

Archbishop Dermot Farrell’s Reflections at the launch of the Diocesan Phase of the Synod

Archbishop Dermot Farrell’s Reflections at the launch of the Diocesan Phase of the Synod —Communion, Participation, Mission—  St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral 17th October 2021   Life is alive!  When we reflect on our lives, we see that human life is characterised by change: that which does not change has either never […]
October 14, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at Mass for the Association of Patrons and Trustees of Catholic Schools

    Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at Mass for the Association of Patrons and Trustees of Catholic Schools Dominican Retreat Centre, Tallaght 14th October 2021    Today we remember with gratitude the women and men of religious congregations who established the post-primary schools, at the invitation of the local […]
October 13, 2021

Remarks by Archbishop Dermot Farrell on the occasion of the Launch of the Pastoral Letter: The Cry of the Earth-The Cry of the Poor

Remarks by Archbishop Dermot Farrell on the occasion of the Launch of the Pastoral Letter, The Cry of the Earth–The Cry of the Poor: The Climate Catastrophe—Creation’s Call Urgent Call for Change An Tairseach Ecology Centre, 12th October 2021       The Greatest issue facing humanity The long-term character […]
September 26, 2021

175th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Catholic Institute for the Deaf

Mass to Commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Catholic Institute for the Deaf   Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell Emmaus Chapel, Cabra, 26th September 2021   I am delighted to celebrate Mass today as we commemorate the 175th anniversary of the establishment the Catholic Institute for the […]
September 25, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the Investiture Ceremony- Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre

  Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the Investiture Ceremony- Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre College Chapel, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth 25th September 2021   At the beginning of his encyclical, Deus caritas est, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the heart of this essential value: “God’s love for us is […]
September 8, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell on the Occasion of the 160th Anniversary of Arrival of the Bon Secours Sisters in Ireland and  70th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Bons Secours Hospital, Glasnevin

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell on the Occasion of 160th Anniversary of Arrival of the Bon Secours Sisters in Ireland and  70th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Bons Secours Hospital, Glasnevin 8th September 2021   I am delighted to come here this morning to celebrate Mass on the occasion […]
September 3, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the Mass for the Centenary of the Foundation of the Legion of Mary

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the Mass for the Centenary of the Foundation of the Legion of Mary Church of St Nicholas of Myra, Francis Street, Friday, 3rd September 2021    I am delighted to celebrate this Mass to mark the centenary of the foundation of the Legion of […]
August 30, 2021

Archbishop Dermot Farrell publishes pastoral letter on the climate crisis

Archbishop Dermot Farrell publishes pastoral letter on the climate crisis   “Faith and science are not opponents; in a truly Christian view, faith and reason—Fides et ratio—go hand in hand” – Archbishop Farrell   We are living on the edge of huge historical change. Our common home, indeed our only […]
August 9, 2021

Mass to Commemorate the 800th Anniversary of Death of Saint Dominic in St Dominic’s Church, Tallaght, 8th August 2021

Mass to Commemorate the 800th Anniversary of Death of               Saint Dominic in St Dominic’s Church, Tallaght, 8th August 2021 I am delighted to celebrate this mass with the Dominican family to mark the 800th anniversary of the death of St. Dominic, who died in Bologna on 6 August, 1221. In diverse […]
August 7, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for Mass on the occasion of his investiture with the pallium

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for Mass on the occasion of his investiture with the pallium Saturday 7th August St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral     I welcome you all — priests, religious and laity – who have joined us this evening for this ceremony of the conferral of the Pallium. In […]
July 20, 2021

Archbishop Dermot Farrell wishes the Muslim community a happy and holy Eid Al-Adha Festival

  Archbishop Dermot Farrell wishes the Muslim community a happy and holy Eid Al-Adha Festival   Today in Croke Park Archbishop Dermot Farrell delivered an address on behalf of the Catholic community to wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a happy and holy Eid Festival on the occasion of the […]
July 5, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Diaconate Ordination of Joseph Keegan

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Diaconate Ordination of Joseph Keegan Church of the Immaculate Conception, Clondalkin Feast of St Thomas, the Apostle, Saturday, 3rd July 2021 Good afternoon everyone.   I welcome you on this Feast of St Thomas, the Apostle–-the family and friends of Joe who is to […]
June 11, 2021

Statement of Archbishop Dermot Farrell on the appointment of Father Gerard Nash as Bishop of Ferns

  Statement of Archbishop Dermot Farrell on the appointment of Father Gerard Nash as Bishop of Ferns   I warmly welcome the news today that Pope Francis has appointed Father Gerard Nash of the Diocese of Killaloe as Bishop of Ferns.  I congratulate Bishop-elect Nash, and wish him every blessing […]
June 8, 2021

Archbishop Dermot Farrell offers blessing to Leaving Cert Class of 2021

In an open letter to the Leaving Cert Class of 2021 throughout the State, Archbishop Dermot Farrell published the following message ahead of the start of the public examinations tomorrow:   Letter I wish all the 2021 Leaving Certificate students, those who are going through the Predicted Grades System or […]
June 3, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Feast of Saint Kevin

      Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Feast of Saint Kevin, Mass for the Metropolitan Chapter of Dublin,     3rd June 2021: St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral   I welcome members of the Metropolitan Chapter of Dublin to the annual Mass celebrated on the Feast of Saint Kevin who founded […]
May 30, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for Trinity Sunday 2021

  Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for Trinity Sunday 2021 RTE Televised Mass Church of Our Mother of Divine Grace, Ballygall   “And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.” A person’s last words hold special importance for us. It is that way with […]
May 13, 2021

Address of Archbishop Dermot Farrell to the CPSMA Annual Conference

Address of Archbishop Dermot Farrell to the CPSMA Annual Conference 13th May 2021 I wish to commence my address by thanking the school principals and staff for how well they have cared for the school children throughout the Covid-19 pandemic that affected and disrupted freedoms, habits and certainties.   You have […]
April 26, 2021

Address of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at an Ecumenical Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving – Trinity College Dublin

Address of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at an Ecumenical Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving on the occasion of the announcement of Fellows and Scholars, Trinity College, Dublin, Monday, 26th April 2021.    “Sourceless Light”   It is a privilege to deliver the address for the ‘Trinity Monday’ Service in this College, […]
April 25, 2021

HOMILY OF ARCHBISHOP DERMOT FARRELL FOR VOCATIONS SUNDAY

HOMILY OF ARCHBISHOP DERMOT FARRELL FOR VOCATIONS SUNDAY Church of the Good Shepherd, Churchtown, 25 April 2021   During almost 41 years of priesthood, many priests have inspired me.  Let me share with you a brief picture of three of them.  The first could be described as good company, bright […]
April 25, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the ordination of Damian Casey to the priesthood

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell at the ordination of Damian Casey to the priesthood Merchant’s Quay on 24 April 2021   Liturgically we are still in the Easter season, so I may adapt one of its motifs to the present occasion. Haec est dies (‘This is the day which the […]
April 4, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for the Easter Vigil Mass 2021

Easter Vigil Homily Notes of Archbishop Dermot Farrell Saint Mary’s Pro Cathedral , 3rd April 2021   For many, our celebration of Easter this year comes at the end of what seems to have been a very long Lent, many months and still counting. We have been convulsed by the […]
March 31, 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for Chrism Mass 2021

Homily of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for Chrism Mass 2021 31st March 2021 St Mary’s Pro Cathedral     I extend a warm welcome all those priests and lay faithful who are participating by webcam with us in the celebration of our Chrism Mass. “The spirit of the Lord is given […]
March 17, 2021

Homily Notes of Archbishop Dermot Farrell for St Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day Homily Notes of Archbishop Dermot Farrell Saint Patrick’s Church, Ringsend, 17th March 2021   We celebrate the Feast Day of our patron saint in the strangest of times.  We are very familiar with the story of Saint Patrick, his capture and coming to Ireland as a slave. […]
March 2, 2021

Family Support Network – Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott Street

Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Dermot Farrell  Archbishop of Dublin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott Street, Monday 1st March 2021   The parish of Our Lady of Lourdes knows more than most the importance of the Family Support Network.  Since the 1980s, the families of this parish […]
February 16, 2021

Message from Archbishop Dermot Farrell to the parents of children due to receive the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation this year.

Please find below the link to a recorded message by Archbishop Dermot Farrell to the parents of children due to receive the sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation this year. It expresses to them and to parish communities the broad approach which is being taken: there is no pressure […]
February 14, 2021

40th Anniversary of the Stardust Fire

40th Anniversary of the Stardust Fire Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Dermot Farrell  Archbishop of Dublin 6th Sunday 2021 St Joseph the Artisan Church, Bonnybrook, 14th February 2021.   In today’s gospel we have the story of a ‘leper’ who comes to Jesus. There are many such stories in the […]
February 7, 2021

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2021 Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Dermot Farrell  Archbishop of Dublin Church of the Holy Spirit, Ballymun, 7th February 2021   The words of Job strike a chord with us: “My life is like a breadth, and my eyes will never again see joy.”  On […]
January 31, 2021

Installation of Dermot Farrell as Archbishop of Dublin

Homily of Bishop Dermot Farrell at Mass of Thanksgiving on the Occasion of his Installation as Archbishop of Dublin   “Today, I stand before you more than aware of my own inadequacies.  But you and I also stand before God, the giver of gifts … faith asks us to see […]
January 1, 2021

World Day of Peace

WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2021 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Dublin Pro-Cathedral 1 January 2021   We begin our New Year in a climate of concern and insecurity about our future.  Many live in fear and apprehension and rightly so. Many are […]
December 24, 2020

Christmas Homily 2020

 MIDNIGHT MASS 2020 Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 24 December 2020 Introduction             “Welcome to our Christmas celebration in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral.  Welcome to those of you present with us and welcome to those who join us online. It is a Christmas unlike what […]
December 18, 2020

Special Needs school announced for Crumlin

  Press Release Friday December 18, 2020   ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN WELCOMES ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW SPECIAL SCHOOL IN SOUTH DUBLIN        Archbishop Diarmuid Martin expressed his satisfaction that he has been able to facilitate the opening of a new special school in the Crumlin area that will offer urgently […]
December 12, 2020

Mass with Dublin Accord Staff & Families

  Third Sunday of Advent 2020  MASS WITH DUBLIN ACCORD STAFF AND FAMILIES Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Joseph Terenure, 12 December 2020       Introduction We celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent.  In our Gospel reading, we encounter the figure […]
November 29, 2020

First Sunday of Advent

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT 2020 AND FEAST OF SAINT ANDREW Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Saint Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, 29 November 2020   Introduction            As a parish community, and as friends of the parish, we gather to celebrate the Feast of our Patron […]
November 14, 2020

Feast of St. Laurence O’ Toole

FEAST OF SAINT LAURENCE O’TOOLE 2020  Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 14th November 2020     Saint Paul reminded us in our first reading that his ministry was a ministry of service for Jesus’ sake.  He himself was simply the earthenware jar charged to […]
November 7, 2020

Mass for Deceased Priests

  MASS FOR DECEASED PRIESTS OF THE DIOCESE 2020 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 7th November 2020   “This morning we remember nineteen priests who have died over the past year and who in various ways ministered in our parishes and hospitals. We miss […]
November 2, 2020

Feast of All Souls

  SERVICE OF PRAYER AND REMEMBRANCE FOR THE DEAD AND THE BEREAVED Reflection of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 2 November 2020 Feast of All Souls            “The Christian Message is a message of life.  For the believer, death is not the end.  With physical […]
November 1, 2020

Feast of All Saints

  FEAST OF ALL THE SAINTS 2020 Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 1st November 220   “This morning we celebrate the Feast of All Saints.  We recall all those who have authentically lived the Christian life over the centuries. They now live with the […]
October 15, 2020

Reflections on Lockdown – Challenges, Perspectives, Benefits & Vision

Dublin Council of Churches – Annual Forum Day  REFLECTIONS ON LOCKDOWN TIMES – CHALLENGES, PERSPECTIVES BENEFITS AND VISION Statement of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin 15th October 2020   “This time last year, none of us could have imagined how 2020 would be so different.  Very few of us had any understanding […]
October 11, 2020

Novena in Honour of Our Lady of Aparecida

Comunidade Brasiliera Catolicos em Dublin NOVENA IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY OF APARECIDA Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   Church of Saint Mary, Church Street, 11 October 2020 Introduction ​It has always been a great pleasure for me to be part of the celebrations of […]
October 8, 2020

Mass for Traveller Mental Health Day

MASS OF THE OCCASION OF THE 1ST NATIONAL TRAVELLER MENTAL HEALTH DAY Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Saint Peter’s Church, Phibsborough, 8 October 2020             “There is a growing awareness overall in Ireland of the challenge of addressing mental health issues.  This […]