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Homily of Bishop William Crean – Pentecost 4th June-Castlemagner

Pentecost 4th June Castlemagner Vigil Benemerenti Medals Presentation to Sheila Healy and Andrew Joseph Bourke My friends, On the Feast of all the Saints of Ireland – the 1st Reading is taken from the Book of Ecclesiasticus Chapter 44 – from which I quote verses as a reminder of those who have gone before and […]

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Homily of Bishop William Crean – Ascension Sunday – 29th May 2022

Ascension Sunday 29th May 2022 St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh “Life calls us to communion”    ​​​     My friends, The 1st Communion and Confirmation celebrations are in full flow right now.  They are usually wonderful and exciting moments and memories in young people’s lives.  They are the focus and centre of the day and […]

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Homily of Bishop William Crean – 150th Anniversary of the Consecration of St. Mary’s Church, Carrigtwohill – Sunday 15th May 2022

150th Anniversary of the Consecration of St. Mary’s Church, Carrigtwohill 5th Sunday of Easter 15th May 2022 Some place to gather My friends, Older members among us might remember an American TV series called “Cheers!”. It was a comedy programme set in a local bar. The fun emerged in the ongoing banter between the cast […]

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Homily of Bishop Crean for Vocations Sunday- Knock 8th May 2022

‘If we dismiss our past as a source of shame and embarrassment only, we risk depriving a new generation of connection with deep wells of spirituality’ – Bishop Crean Just over 100 years ago a poem by T.S. Eliot was published – entitled “The Waste Land”.  It’s a long complex piece of reflection which was […]

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Chrism Mass 13th April 2022 – Homily of Bishop William Crean

Chrism Mass 13/4/2022St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh “Priest as Cultural Shock Absorber” My friends,It is much longer than I care to remember since I heard Fr. David Power, O.M.I. use theimage of the shock absorber to help understand the role of the priests in modern society. Atthe time we thought it funny because the Italian for […]

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Easter Message of Most Rev. William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne.

Easter Message of Most Rev. William Crean,  Bishop of Cloyne. My friends, The horror of war has revisited us in the current military assault by Russia on Ukraine. Its savagery has shocked us. Technology has allowed us to witness destruction and death with an immediacy like never before. It is pitched as a war between dictatorship […]

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All invited to join Pope Francis in Friday global prayer for peace in Ukraine – Bishop William Crean will lead the Diocese from St. Colman’s Cathedral Cobh on Friday 25th March at 6pm

Ahead of the Feast of the Annunciation on Friday, March 25th, Pope Francis extends an invitation to every community and all the faithful to unite with him for the Solemn Act of the Consecration of all of humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that She – the Queen of […]

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Homily of Bishop Crean – 2nd Sunday of Lent – 13th March 2022

2nd Sunday of Lent 13th March 2022 St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh “I have been to the mountain top” The mountain top has a strong grip on the imagination of so many. It is remarkable to witness the dangers and risk climbers across the world subject themselves to in order to experience standing on the pinnacle, […]

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