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Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019


The Annual Raphoe Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will depart Belfast on the 26th May and returns on the 31st May.

For full details click here to see the poster

Contact the Pilgrimage Office on 074 9125090, Monday - Friday from 12.30pm - 3.30pm.

Clergy appointments January 2019


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Most Rev. Alan McGuckian, SJ, Bishop of Raphoe, has announced the following clergy appointments in the diocese.


  • Very Rev James Sweeney PP, Bruckless to be PP, Frosses (Inver Parish).
  • Rev Rory Brady, CC, Milford & Kerrykeel to be PP, Bruckless (Killaghtee Parish)
    • Appointments effective 19th January 2019.
  • Rev Angelo Lafferty, SMA on loan from Society of African Missions to be CC, Milford and Kerrykeel.
    • Appointment effective 2nd February 2019

Bishop McGuckian wishes every blessing on those who have received new appointments.

Fr Seamus Gallagher, RIP


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Very Rev Seamus Gallagher, PP, Frosses (INVER) - RIP

The death has taken place on Thursday, 18th October 2018 at the Parochial House, Frosses, Co Donegal, of Father Seamus Gallagher, aged 57. He was Parish Priest of Frosses (Inver).

Born: 8th May 1961.

Ordained: 23rd June 1985 in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, Co Donegal by Bishop Seamus Hegarty.

Fr Gallagher received his primary education in St Crona’s NS, Dungloe and his Secondary Education in St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny. He began his training for the Priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth in 1979 from where he was ordained to the Priesthood in 1985.


            PLACE                                                                        DATES

CC, Stranorlar & Chaplain St Columba’s College                  1985

Chaplain Irish Nurses Guild                                                    1988

CC, Tory Island                                                                       1989

CC Glencolmcille & Chaplain Carrick Vocational School    1989

Staff member of St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny                 1991

CC Gaoth Dobhair                                                                  1991 – 1994

Peru Mission                                                                           1994 – 1998

CC Aardaghey                                                                        1998 – 2006

CC Leitirmacaward & Doochary                                           2006 – 2009

PP Newtowncunningham                                                       2009 – 2013

PP Inver (Frosses)                                                                  2013 -

Remains arriving at St Crona’s Church, Dungloe for Mass this evening, Friday 19th October for 7.30pm. Rosary at 10pm.

Fr Seamus’s remains will repose at the Parochial House, Frosses from 5pm – 10pm on Saturday 20th October and from 12 noon – 10pm on Sunday 21st October. Rosary both nights at 10pm.

Requiem Mass will take place in the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Frosses on Monday 22nd October at 12noon following by burial in St Naul’s Cemetery, Ardaghey.

May his soul rest in the peace of Christ.

Sisters of the Merciful Jesus

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New Divine Mercy Centre

Next Wednesday, the 17th of October a new group of Sisters will take up residence in the refurbished Divine Mercy Centre based in the former Loreto Convent in Letterkenny. The Sisters of the Merciful Jesus were founded as a result of a vision of St Faustina. She said that Jesus himself asked her to start a new congregation devoted to the Divine Mercy.

The Sisters will run the Divine Mercy Centre where they will offer retreats, give talks and reflections on the mercy flowing from the Lord Jesus. The Divine Mercy Centre has eleven newly furbished ensuite rooms, including three family rooms and a wheelchair friendly room. The rooms are modest but beautifully furnished. The Centre has its own oratory.

The project will begin with a group of three Sisters. There will be a special Mass of Welcome to launch and pray for the new project in St Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny on Saturday 27th October at 10am.

Confirmation dates for 2019

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download the Confirmation list here

Below is the list of Confirmations in the Diocese of Raphoe for 2019

Sat.     2nd February                  Dunfanaghy                                     12.30pm

Sun.    3rd February                  Falcarragh                                        11am

Sat.     9th February                  Aughaninshin                                  12noon

                                                    Gaelscoil (Cathedral)                     4pm

Sun     10th February                Kilmacrenan                                    12.30pm

Thurs   14th February              Cathedral (Illistrin N.S.)                5pm

Sat      16th February               Cathedral                                          12noon

                                                   Cathedral                                          4pm

Sun     17th February                Frosses (in Ardaghey)                 1pm

Sat      2nd March                     Killymard                                          12.30pm

Sat      9th March                      Ardara                                               12.30pm

Sun     10th March                   Glenties                                             11am

Sat      23rd March                    Kilcar                                                  12.30pm

Sun     24th March                    Killybegs                                            11am

Tues   26th March                    Bruckless                                          5pm

Sat      30th March                    Rathmullan (in Milford)                12.30pm

Sun     31st March                    Ramelton                                         11am

Thurs 4th April                          St Johnston                                      6pm

Sat      6th April                         Carrigart                                           12.30pm

Sun     7th April                         Newtowncunningham                  12.30pm

Sat      4th May                         Stranorlar                                         12.30pm

Sun     5th May                         Ballyshannon                                   11am

Tues   7th May                          Glenfin                                              5pm

Sat.     11th May                       Dungloe                                            12.30pm

Sun     12th May                       Gaoth Dobhair                                11am

Sat.     18th May                       Donegal Town (in Clar)                 12.30pm

Sun     19th May                        Raphoe                                              12noon

Sun     26th May                        Annagry                                            11am

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