Bishop Kelly

  • The Bishop of Galway has called for an end to the current system of direct provision.

    In a statement from the Catholic Communications Office Bishop Brendan Kelly said the Direct Provision system strips people of their independence, their cultural identity, and their dignity and has lasting traumatic impact on residents.

    He went on to say that the direct provision model is not fit for purpose as it prevents people from integrating and it contributes towards the deepening of ignorance, resentment and suspicion. 

    The Galway Bishop questioned the level of transparency in the management of, and in the quality of the operation of Direct Provision centres. 

    Bishop Kelly says the State has fallen short by inadequately preparing local communities to effectively plan for asylum seekers, highlighting a lack of consultation, ineffective communication and information-sharing, and an absence of required social infrastructure and resources in health and education. 

    The Galway Bishop called on the Department of Justice to inform communities at the earliest opportunity about proposed Direct Provision centres.

    He affirmed to all in the Diocese of Galway that human dignity does not depend on the colour of a person’s skin, their nationality, accent, or their religious affiliation.

    Finally he urged the faithful to open the doors of their hearts, homes, parishes and communities to asylum seekers.

  • The Bishop of Galway Brendan Kelly will celebrate Mass tomorrow in the village of Shrule, on the border of counties Mayo and Galway, to mark one hundred years since the Columban Missionaries arrived in the village.

    The Columbans opened their first seminary in Dalgan, Shrule in 1918 with an initial 19 students, and numbers grew to 200 by the time they moved in 1941 to Navan, Co Meath.

    A plaque will also be erected in the Church grounds in Shrule in memory of four Columban priests and sisters from the Shrule area who served as overseas missionaries.

    This is one of a number of events taking place in locations across the country to mark the centenary of the Columban Missionaries.

  • Large crowds are expected at Galway Cathedral this afternoon for the installation of Brendan Kelly as Bishop of Galway. He was formally the Bishop of Achonry.

    Among those in attendance today will be his family and friends, representatives from church groups across the diocese and public representatives , including President Michael D. Higgins.

    A Derrybrien native, Brendan Kelly will become the Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora at a 3pm Mass in Galway Cathedral this afternoon..

    A letter from Pope Francis will be read by Canon Michael McLoughlin at the opening of the ceremony, which will also involve the Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary and the retired Bishop of Galway, Martin Drennan.

    The Cathedral choir will perform music for the ceremony.

    Following the ceremony, Bishop Kelly will proceed outside the Cathedral for an informal reception where he will meet members of the congregation.

  • A conference of Catholic bishops in Rome is set to discuss whether to allow married men to be ordained.


    The three-week conference in the Vatican is working on how to develop the faith in the Amazon -- and will discuss whether it's time to loosen the doctrine of celibacy.


    The Catholic Church wants to spread the faith among indigenous communities in the Amazon region.


    The Synod of Bishops is meeting in Rome over the next three weeks for a major conference on how exactly to do that.


    Part of the problem is there just aren't enough priests in remote areas -- and it means some of the faithful only see a priest as little as once a year.


    The suggestion from bishops in South America and some of those indigenous people is that the criteria for becoming a "minister authorized to celebrate the Eucharist" be loosened.


    And it's being suggested some people in communities in the most distant parts of the region  could be allowed say mass -- even if they have a family already.


    It would mark a break with centuries of tradition for the Church.


    Backers of the move say it might be supported by some bible verses referring to the practices of the early Christian church.