Archbishop’s Homilies and Addresses

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February 24, 2017

Homily at Funeral for Late Cardinal Desmond Connell

 FUNERAL MASS FOR CARDINAL DESMOND CONNELL Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin —————————————— Pro-Cathedral, 24th February 2017   We come to bid our farewell in this earthly life to Cardinal Desmond Connell, who passed to eternal life in these days.  God gave him the gift of […]
February 11, 2017

World Day of the Sick

World Day of the Sick Conference 2017 CHRIST THE HEALER – YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW Speaking notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Royal Marine Hotel Sutton, 11th February 2017 What does it mean for each one of us today to be a missionary disciple of the Jesus […]
February 11, 2017

Day for Consecrated Life

DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE 2017 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ————————————————– Church of Saint Anthony, Clontarf, 2nd February 2017 Just over one week ago, Pope Francis spoke in Rome to the members of the Congregation for Religious and Consecrated Life. I was somewhat surprised at […]
February 1, 2017

The drugs trade is a callous trade in death – Archbishop Martin

National Family Support Network 18TH SERVICE OF COMMEMORATION AND HOPE  Speaking notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin   Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott Street, 1st February 2017 “I always enjoy celebrating Confirmation in this parish.  It is always a celebration of what this community is about […]
January 21, 2017

Preparing for World Meeting Of Families 2018

  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin discusses the preparations for the World of Meeting of Families 2018 with Wendy Grace from I-Catholic Click on link to listen back to full interview:        
January 18, 2017

Homily during Ad Limina Visit

Ad Limina Visit 2017 MASS AT THE BASILICA OF SAINT JOHN LATERAN Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Wednesday January 18th 2017   “We have heard a very interesting Gospel reading.  Let us look a little closer at it and at what […]
January 13, 2017

Reception of Remains of Dr TK Whitaker

RECEPTION OF REMAINS OF DR KEN WHITAKER Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, 12th January 2017   “We come to reflect in prayer and in Christian hope on the life and death of Dr Ken Whitaker, a true public servant, […]
January 1, 2017

World Day of Peace Homily

World Day of Peace 2017   NON VIOLENCE – A STYLE OF POLITICS FOR PEACE Homily notes of   Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin        “This morning the Church celebrates for the 50th time the World Day of Peace.  The idea of this celebration came from Pope Paul VI […]
December 24, 2016

Archbishop’s Christmas Homily

CHRISTMAS NIGHT 2016 Homily notes of  Most Rev, Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 24th December 2016 “Saint Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus begins with a clear affirmation.  Luke boldly places the story of the birth of Jesus into terms of the real world.  He identifies who the […]
December 10, 2016

Mass for Accord Workers

Third Sunday of Advent 2016 MASS FOR THE WORKERS OF ACCORD DUBLIN Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   ———————————-   Holy Cross  Pastoral Centre, Dublin, 9th December 2016 “The Gospel of this afternoon’s Mass recalls once again that great figure John the Baptist.  John’s task […]
December 3, 2016

Kimmage Manor 25th Anniversary

  Second Sunday of Advent 2016 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PARISH OF THE HOLY SPIRIT KIMMAGE MANOR Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   Church of the Holy Spirit, Kimmage Manor, 3rd December 2016 Over the past year I have celebrated many anniversaries of the opening […]
November 28, 2016

Archbishop’s Comments on Taoiseach’s Meeting with Pope Francis

Archbishop of Dublin comments on Taoiseach’s meeting with Pope Francis Press Release Monday November 28th   Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said he was very pleased to hear that Pope Francis told Taoiseach Enda Kenny this morning that he hopes to visit Ireland for a short visit for the World Meeting of […]
November 25, 2016

Crumlin Hospital Foundation Day

  Our Lady’s Children Hospital Foundation Day 2016 “PROUD OF OUR HISTORY WITH AN EYE ON THE FUTURE”   Speaking notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin and Chairman of the Board   Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, 25th November 2016   “Proud of our history with an […]
November 14, 2016

Feast of St. Laurence O’ Toole

FEAST OF SAINT LAURENCE O’TOOLE 2016 Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   Pro Cathedral, 14th November 2016 Those years in the middle of the eleven hundreds when Laurence O’Toole lived were turbulent times. It was a period of great political upheaval among the Irish princes […]
November 13, 2016

Feast of St. Laurence O’ Toole – Christchurch Evensong

  Eve of the Feast of Saint Laurence O’Toole 2016 SERMON AT THE ECUMENICAL FESTAL CHORAL EVENSONG   Sermon notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin   Christ Church, Dublin, 13th November 2016   “In an increasingly secularised Ireland, how can faith contribute today to the process of […]
November 13, 2016

Closing of the Year of Mercy

  Thirty Third Sunday of the Year 2016  CLOSING OF THE YEAR OF MERCY IN THE LOCAL CHURCHES Homily Notes of   Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 13th November 2016   “We gather at the end of the celebrations in the local Churches of the Jubilee Year of Mercy […]
November 9, 2016

Archbishop Martin Receives Griffith College Award

WORDS OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN ON HIS NOMINATION AS A DISTINGUISHED FELLOW OF GRIFFITH COLLEGE 9th November 2016   President Distinguished Guests Students, Faculty and Staff of Griffith College   I was surprised but I am deeply honoured by the gesture of recognition given to me this morning by Griffith College, and humbled to find my name now alongside the names of such a distinguished group […]
October 29, 2016

Dominican Diaconate Ordination

ORDINATION TO THE DIACONATE OF BROTHER PHILIP MULRYNE O.P. Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ———– Saint Saviour’s Church, Dominick Street, 29th October 2016 “One of significant fruits of the Second Vatican Council was the restoration of the permanent deaconate in the Latin Church. This decision […]
October 25, 2016

Service to Remember Hungarian Revolutionaries of 1956

SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE TO COMMEMORATE THE SACRIFICE OF HUNGARIAN REVOLUTIONARIES 1956 Reflections of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin,  Archbishop of Dublin St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 25th October 2016 In 1956 I was eleven years old.  I had one great passion in life: television news.  Many here today will not remember that in […]
October 23, 2016

Homily at Mass in Kilmainham Jail

  30th Sunday of the Year 2016 EUCHARISTIC COMMEMORATION OF 1916 Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   Kilmainham Jail, 23rd October 2016   Last Sunday’s Gospel reminded us that we must pray often without tiring.  In today’s Gospel, Saint Luke places the emphasis on how we […]
October 22, 2016

Launch of World Meeting of Families Process

Launch of World Meeting of Families Process PASTORAL REFLECTIONS ON AMORIS LAETITIA   Speaking notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   ———————————————–   DCU Saint Patrick’s Campus, 22nd October 2016     Amoris Laetitia is a document which addresses an extraordinarily wide and varied scenario.  It is […]
October 20, 2016

The Future of Faith Based Schools in a Secular Society

“The Irish Catholic” Conference THE FUTURE OF FAITH BASED SCHOOLS IN A SECULAR SOCIETY Reflections of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ——————————————– Charlemont Hilton Hotel Dublin, 20 October 2016   If you want to understand the value and the contribution of faith-based schools in any society, I believe […]
October 3, 2016

Opening of New Law Term

Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit  COMMENCEMENT OF THE MICHAELMAS LAW TERM 2016  Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin   Saint Michan’s Church, Halston Street, 3rd October 2016 ”     We come to invoke the gift, the protection and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit […]
October 1, 2016

60th Anniversary Mount Merrion Church

27th Sunday 2017 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHURCH OF SAINT THERESE MOUNT MERRION  Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Therese, Mount Merrion, 1st October 2016             “Lord increase our faith” the Apostles ask Jesus.  Is it harder to believe today than it was in […]
October 1, 2016

Kidney Donor Remembrance Service

Irish Kidney Association SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND THANKSGIVING Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   Corpus Christi Church, Drumcondra, 1st October 2016 “In the midst of daily discussions, at times filled with pessimism and anger, we gather here today for a unique event. It is the story […]
October 1, 2016

Mass of Farewell in Balcurris

Departure of Missionary Society of St Columban MASS OF FAREWELL AND THANKSGIVING Homily notes  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin,  Archbishop of Dublin   Saint Joseph’s Church, Ballymun, 30th September 2016   “Farewells are sad occasions.  Friendships are interrupted.  Happy memories fade back into the distance.  High hopes that we had, may […]
September 29, 2016

Mass of Thanksgiving in Parish of the Travelling People

Farewell and Thanksgiving for the Ministry of Father Derek Farrell MASS WITH THE PARISH OF THE TRAVELLING PEOPLE Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ————————————- Saint Peter’s Church, Phibsborough, 29th September 2016 “We celebrate the Feast of the Archangels, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Our modern society […]
September 27, 2016

Schools Mass Homily

SCHOOLS MASS 2016 Homily notes  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, 27th September 2016 “Once again we gather at the beginning of the school year to invoke the protection of God on one of the most important enterprises within any society:  the education of our […]
September 23, 2016

Launch of 1916 Exhibition in Pro Cathedral

 Launch of 1916 Exhibition MINISTRY, ADVOCACY AND COMPASSION  Speaking notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Saint Kevin’s Chapel, Pro-Cathedral, 23rd September 2016   I am grateful to Minister Richard Bruton for being here this evening at the launch of this exhibition Ministry, Advocacy and Compassion which looks […]
September 8, 2016

Opening Mass at Lourdes Grotto

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2016 OPENING MASS AT THE GROTTO OF OUR LADY Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Grotto of Massabielle, Lourdes, 8th September 2016 “We gather here in Lourdes on this Feast of the Birthday of Mary and we gather to celebrate our 2016 […]
September 1, 2016

Day of Prayer for all Creation

  WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION 2016   Reflection of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dubbin Holy Cross  College , Clonliffe, 1st September 2016 This World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is something quite unique.  It is an appeal to all men […]
August 31, 2016

75th Anniversary of Crosscare

“WHAT CROSSCARE MEANS TO ME”  Opening of Crosscare photographic exhibition on the 75th anniversary of its foundation  Introductory words of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Saint Paul’s Church Arran Quay at 6.00pm, 31st August 2016   Crosscare was born 75 years ago in wartime Dublin when Archbishop John […]
August 24, 2016

New Times Require New Institutions

NEW TIMES REQUIRE NEW INSTITUTIONS Homily at the final Mass in the Mater Dei Institute Chapel Homily notes of   Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Mater Dei Institute Chapel, 24th August 2016 – 4.30pm    “In the second half of the nineteenth century the geography of this part of […]
July 15, 2016

Statement on Nice terrorist attack

DEFEND DEMOCRACY BY STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY  Comment of Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin July 15th 2016  “The terrorist attack in Nice has been well described as an attack on democracy and the values that underpin democracy. I join with people of all faiths and walks of life in condemning such attacks […]
July 10, 2016

Bicentenary of Ballycoog Church

Fifteenth Sunday of the Year 2016 BICENTENARY OF THE CHURCH OF SAINT KEVIN BALLYCOOG Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin,  Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Kevin, Ballycoog, 10th July 2016 “I have a great interest in history and there is no doubt that has over many centuries this […]
July 4, 2016

Bray Parish Festival

14th Sunday of the Year 2016 MASS FOR BRAY PARISH FESTIVAL Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ————————————— Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Bray, 3rd July 2016   Today’s Gospel is not just about a historic event of the past. It is about the Church […]
June 26, 2016

Mass for Veronica Guerin RIP

13th Sunday of the Year 2016   MASS ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE  MURDER OF VERONICA GUERIN RIP   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Nicholas of Myra, Kinsealy, 26th June 2016 “Michael Francis was the Catholic Archbishop of Monrovia in Liberia from […]
June 26, 2016

Charismatic Renewal Conference

  MASS WITH THE CHARISMATIC RENEWAL CONFERENCE 2016  Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin RDS, Dublin, 25th June 2016 “We gather to rejoice in being open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit, gifts we receive for our own sanctification and for the building up of […]
June 26, 2016

Mass for Saint Josemaria Escriva

MASS IN HONOUR OF SAINT JOSEMARIA ESCRIVA’ Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   Church of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, 25th June 2015   The quotation from Saint Josemaria on the printed invitation to today’s Mass speaks in simple language about trustingly spending time with the […]
June 19, 2016

Opening of St. Anthony’s Room Ballywaltrim

    14th Sunday of the Year 2016 OPENING OF SAINT ANTHONY’S ROOM AND GROTTO Homily Notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Saint Fergal’s Ballywaltrim, 19th June 2016 “Who do the crowd say that I am”?  The question about ‘who Jesus is’ is still a vital question today. The answers that […]
June 14, 2016

Statement on Orlando Shootings

 STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN  ON ORLANDO SHOOTINGS            “People all around the world are shocked with the news of the terrible loss of life at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. I have asked  that in the Prayers of the Faithful at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin on […]
June 13, 2016

Visit of Relics of St. Anthony

    Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua   RECEPTION OF THE RELICS OF SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin     Pro-Cathedral, 13th June 2016     In our Gospel reading we heard Saint Luke tells the story of a […]
June 12, 2016

Ordination to Diaconate, Terenure College

    ORDINATION TO THE DIACONATE OF BROTHER JAMES EIVERS, O.CARM.   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin,Archbishop of Dublin Carmelite Terenure College, 12th June 2016 “For centuries, in the minds of ordinary Catholics, the office of deacon was understood simply as the final step on the road to priestly […]
June 4, 2016

Ordination of Permanent Deacons

Feast of Saint Kevin ORDINATION OF EIGHT DEACONS FOR SERVICE IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBLIN Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ————————- Pro-Cathedral, Saturday 4th June 2016 11.00am One of the significant achievements of the Vatican Council’s reflection on the Church was the restoration in the […]
May 15, 2016

Festival of Peoples – Pentecost 2016

Pentecost 2016 FESTIVAL OF PEOPLES Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin 15th May 2016 “The Preface of the Mass of Pentecost sums up the meaning of our celebration today as a “Festival of Peoples”, the celebration of the diversity of ethnic identity gathered within the one […]
May 1, 2016

Icon of Mary in Pro Cathedral

Icon of Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 2016 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 30th April 2016 “The readings of today’s Mass, especially the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles and the Gospel reading from Saint John, show that […]
April 26, 2016

Archbishop’s Statement on Violence in Dublin

 STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN ON FURTHER VIOLENCE IN DUBLIN  26th April 2016 Pope Francis recently quoted Martin Luther King on the theme of putting an end to violence.  King had said that in the face of senseless violence in the end: “somewhere somebody must have a little sense”.  And […]
April 24, 2016

1916 Commemoration at Arbour Hill

 1916 STATE COMMEMORATION CEREMONY Arbour Hill  Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin   Church of the Sacred Heart, Arbour Hill, 24th April 2016 I am very grateful to the Parish of James’ Street here in Dublin for providing some very significant heirlooms of their parish for use […]
April 19, 2016

Service of Remembrance for Brussels Tragedy

ECUMENICAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE FOR THE  VICTIMS OF THE ATTACKS IN BRUSSELS (22 MARCH 2016)   Sacred Heart Church, Donnybrook, 19th April 2016    Speaking and Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin   Late last year I led a delegation of Irish Catholic Bishops to Brussels […]
April 8, 2016

Reflections on Pope Francis’ Exhortation

  PRESENTATION OF THE APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION AMORIS LAETITIA Reflections of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Archbishops House, Dublin, 8th April 2016             “I think that this is the first time that I have ever set out to present a document of the Pope by doing precisely what Pope […]
March 31, 2016

The Church and the 1916 Rising

THE CHURCH AND THE RISING Comments on the Book Edited by Greg Daly for “The Irish Catholic” Remarks of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Mary, Church Street, 31st March 2016   “Earlier this year RTE transmitted a television series about 1961 called Rebellion.  It was a fictional re-enactment of the dramatic events of Easter Week 1916.  It included […]
March 26, 2016

Easter 2016 Homily

    EASTER VIGIL 2016   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin       “The authors of the 1916 Proclamation were men of faith who dreamed dreams of hope for Ireland for the Irish people”     “Why are you seeking the living among the […]
March 25, 2016

Way of the Cross Reflections

  WAY OF THE CROSS 2016 Through Phoenix Park Dublin THE WAY OF THE CROSS IN THE YEAR OF MERCY Elements for reflections of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Good Friday, 25th March 2016 FIRST REFLECTION “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial”.  Jesus […]
March 24, 2016

Chrism Mass Homily

    MASS OF CHRISM Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 10.00am Holy Thursday, 24th March 2016    Holy Week in the Year of Mercy!  The celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy offers us a unique optic from which to attempt to understand […]
March 20, 2016

Palm Sunday Homily

PALM SUNDAY 2016 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin —————- Pro-Cathedral, 20th March 2016 (after First Gospel Reading) “We have heard the Gospel account of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Later we will hear the Gospel of the Passion of Jesus. There appears to be […]
March 17, 2016

Concluding words at Mass for St Patrick’s Day

CONCLUDING WORDS OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN   St Mary’s Pro Cathedral – March 17th 2016 I am grateful to Father Brian Shorthall for his stimulating homily.  I thank him for his reference to the place of this Pro-Cathedral in the events of 1916.  The priests from this Cathedral provided spiritual […]
March 14, 2016

Who is Pope Francis? Regina Mundi Address

Regina Mundi College Cork  WHO REALLY IS POPE FRANCIS?  The relevance of his message to Ireland as we celebrate and commemorate 1916  Speaking notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin   Regina Mundi College, Cork, 14th March 2016 “I have chosen a difficult topic.  Perhaps I am trying […]
March 14, 2016

Novena of Grace, Donaghmede

 Fifth Sunday of Lent 2016  NOVENA OF GRACE DONAGHMEDE, CLONGRIFFEN, BALGRIFFIN Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   Holy Trinity Church, Donaghmede, 12th March 2016     “It is interesting how everyone likes Pope Francis but they like him best when he seems to be saying […]
February 9, 2016

Statement on escalation of violence on city streets

STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN ON VIOLENCE IN DUBLIN   I wish to repeat what I said on Saturday last condemning the extraordinary examples of violence which have marked our city again in recent days. “Violence is to be condemned whatever its roots are.  Dismembering bodies as some sort of […]
January 19, 2016

Homily of the Inaugural service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Inaugural Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016 Homily by the Very Reverend Dr Kenneth Newell OBE, former Moderator of the Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Monday 18th January 2016, 8.00pm St. Paul’s Church, Arran Quay, Dublin 7   ‘Almighty God, by your grace alone we have been […]
January 18, 2016

Mother of Perpetual Help Anniversary Launch

PILGRIMAGE OF THE IMAGE OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP Words of introduction of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Redemptoristine Convent, Saint Alphonsus Road, Drumcondra , Dublin 18th January 2016 “I wish to commend the Redemptorist Congregations here in Ireland for organizing this jubilee pilgrimage, which undoubtedly will have the support of people on all parts of this island. The partnership with […]
January 17, 2016

10th Anniversary of Pieta House

  Second Sunday of the Year 2016 CELEBRATION OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF PIETA HOUSE Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Mary, Lucan, 17th January 2016   We have come to thank God for the work of Pieta House and to give thanks […]
January 6, 2016

Feast of the Epiphany – Dominican Ordinations

ORDINATION TO THE DIACONATE of Br Patrick Desmond OP and Br Kevin O’Reilly OP Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Saint Saviour’s Dominick Street, 6th January 2016   “I am particularly happy to celebrate the Ordination to the Diaconate of two Dominican Friars – Br Patrick […]
December 24, 2015

Christmas Homily

MIDNIGHT MASS – CHRISTMAS 2015 Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 24th December 2015 10pm “No matter how many times we hear these Christmas readings we remain each year deeply struck by them again and again.  There is something about the atmosphere of this holy […]
December 20, 2015

Opening of Holy Door of Mercy

Fourth Sunday of Advent 2015 OPENING OF THE DOOR OF MERCY AND THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 20th December 2015   “Over the past weeks the liturgy has focussed on our hope for the coming of Jesus Christ and the cry […]
December 9, 2015

Schools Mass Homily

Schools Mass 2015 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin Monday 7th December   “The future of education in Ireland is under constant review.  It is not simply a question of adapting to the constant pressure of day to day maintenance of schools, or trying to […]
December 8, 2015

Homily of the reception of the remains of Bishop Dermot O’ Mahony

Reception of the remains of Bishop Dermot O’ Mahony Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ——————————- Church of Saint Anne, Shankill, 14th December 2015   “We come to commend to the Lord, whom he served with all his heart, Bishop Dermot O’ Mahony.  In his 80th […]
December 5, 2015

40th Anniversary of Willington Parish

Second Sunday of Advent 2015 FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE PARISH OF SAINT JUDE THE APOSTLE Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Jude the Apostle, 5th December 2015 “When I visit a school to celebrate the anniversary of its opening, I usually try to […]
November 28, 2015

Accord Mass Homily

First Sunday of Advent 2015 ANNUAL MASS FOR THE CO-WORKERS OF ACCORD DUBLIN Homily notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin All Hallows College, Dublin, 28th November 2015   “The Gospel that we have just heard was written by Saint Luke for the early Church where – just one generation after the […]
November 22, 2015

Confey Church 20th Anniversary

  Feast of Christ the King 2015 MASS TO CELEBRATE THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE  CHURCH OF SAINT CHARLES BORROMEO, CONFEY  Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Charles Borromeo, Confey, 22nd November 2015 “We celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, Jesus Christ King […]
November 14, 2015

“We share the grief of the people of Paris” on Feast of St. Laurence O’ Toole

FEAST OF SAINT LAURENCE O’TOOLE 2015   Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   Pro-Cathedral, 14th November 2015 “Saint Laurence O’Toole was Archbishop of Dublin at an unusual time.  He was the first Irish Bishop in Dublin.  His predecessors were of Viking extraction and the diocese was […]
November 13, 2015

Homily at Mater Dei Graduations

    Mass for the Mater Dei Institute Graduations 2015 Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ———– Church of the Holy Cross, Clonliffe, 13th November 2015   “Our Gospel reading stresses three themes: fear, faith and doubt.  We see the contrast between the serenity of Jesus […]
November 8, 2015

Mass with the Deaf Community

MASS WITH THE DEAF COMMUNITY            Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Emmaus Chapel, Deaf Village, Dublin, 8th November 2015   “I am always very happy to celebrate Mass here in this Emmaus Chapel with the Deaf community.  I know the work of the Chaplaincy in supporting […]
November 7, 2015

Homily at Mass for Deceased Priests

MASS FOR DECEASED PRIESTS 2015 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin     Pro-Cathedral, 7th November 2015   Introduction   In this month of November when the Church remembers those who have travelled the path of faith before us, we have come this morning to remember in our […]
November 4, 2015

Archbishop William Walsh Lecture

        ARCHBISHOP WILLIAM J WALSH First Chancellor of the National University of Ireland – 1908-1921  Some personal reflections of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ——————————- Old Physics Theatre, Newman House, 4th November 2015 I speak as someone who is not a professional historian and I […]
November 1, 2015

Homily for Feast of All Saints

FEAST OF ALL SAINTS 2015 Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 1st November 2015 “We celebrate the Feast of All Saints.  At this time in autumn when the harvest has been collected, the Church celebrates and reminds us of another harvest, the great harvest […]
October 12, 2015

Intervention of Archbishop Martin at Synod

  Intervention of the Archbishop of Dublin,  Diarmuid Martin at the Synod of Bishops in Rome on “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World”. XIV ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS  “I wish to speak about the social culture of marriage as […]
October 1, 2015

Thinking Anew book launch

Comments by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on the launch of “Thinking Anew – Faith in a World of Change and Doubt”  by Gordon Linney   “I like the title of Gordon Linney’s book.  Even though at first sight the book might seem to be a look back at past writings and events, I […]
September 17, 2015

Parish Pastoral Councils’ Review

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCILS’ REVIEW 2015   Speaking notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Saint Paul’s Church, Arran Quay, 17th September 2015   “First of all this evening I would like to say thank you to all of you present and to those who of you embarked ten years ago […]
September 11, 2015

Closing Mass of the Lourdes Pilgrimage

Closing Mass DUBLIN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2015   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Lourdes, 11th September 2015     Our pilgrimage days have gone so quickly.  This evening we celebrate our final Mass together as we give thanks to God for our experience of […]
September 8, 2015

Opening Mass at Lourdes Pilgrimage

DUBLIN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2015 Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Opening Mass at the Grotto at Lourdes, 8th September 2015   “We gather once again this year on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary to begin our 2015 Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage […]
September 1, 2015

World Day of Prayer for all Creation

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PROTECTION OF CREATION Reflection of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Church of the Holy Cross, Clonliffe, Dublin, 1st September 2015   “We gather this evening as Christians of various denominations. Our gathering in this context of reflection on protecting creation puts into focus, however, not our […]
August 23, 2015

Dedication of Frank Duff Room

TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 2015 Family Mass and dedication of Frank Duff Room  Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Peter, Phibsborough, 23rd August 2015   “Today’s Gospel reading from the sixth chapter of Saint John’s Gospel comes at the end of a […]
July 24, 2015

MacGill Summer School – “Beyond 2016”

  Mac Gill Summer School and Arts Week 2015 BEYOND 2016 – WHAT ARE OUR ASPIRATIONS FOR THE REPUBLIC Speaking notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin —————————————————————————– Glenties, 24th July 2015   When Joe Mullholland first wrote asking me to speak at this year’s Summer School, one […]
June 20, 2015

Homily at Mass for Berkeley victims

 Twelfth Sunday of the Year 2015 MASS OF REMEMBRANCE AND PRAYER FOR THE VICTIMS OF LAST WEEK’S TRAGEDY IN BERKELEY Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 20th June 2015 (6pm)   “The tragic events which took place in Berkeley this week have […]
June 12, 2015

Safeguarding Children: What have we learned?

SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBLIN What have we learned, where we are now, what next?   Speaking notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, 12th June 2015     “First of all I would like to thank Andrew Fagan and his team […]
June 11, 2015

Blessing of the new St. Pat’s Campus

BLESSING OF NEW CAMPUS AT SAINT PATRICK’S COLLEGE DRUMCONDRA   Opening words of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   ——————————— Saint Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, 11th June 2015       Saint Patrick’s College is an institution which for many decades has had a unique impact right across this […]
June 7, 2015

175th Anniversary of “The Tablet”

Corpus Christi 2015 Mass for the 175th Anniversary of “The Tablet” Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 7th June 2015   Introduction   “We celebrate today the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  The Eucharist […]
June 3, 2015

Ordinations to the Priesthood

ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD IN THE SERVICE ARCHDIOCESE OF DUBLIN OF CHRISTOPHER DERWIN AND PAUL GLENNON   Homily notes of Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   ———————-   Pro-Cathedral, 3rd June 2015, Feast of Saint Kevin   On this Feast of Saint Kevin, Principal Co-Patron of the Archdiocese […]
May 31, 2015

Ordinations to Diaconate

Trinity Sunday 2015 MAYNOOTH DIACONATE ORDINATIONS   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   ———————————————   Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, 31st May 2015     The Gospel reading of today’s Feast of the Most Blessed Trinity speaks about Jesus’ return to his Father.  In those last […]
May 24, 2015

Homily to celebrate Oscar Romero Beatification

Pentecost Sunday Beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero Pro-Cathedral 24th May 2015   Homily from Fr. Richard Sheehy “In St. Luke’s account of that first Pentecost Sunday, there is a wonderful sense of excitement at the effect of the Holy Spirit coming down on the apostles. The people in Jerusalem, who […]
May 16, 2015

Archbishop Martin’s Pastoral Reflection on Marriage

Pastoral reflections of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for use at all Masses on 16th and 17th May Feast of the Ascension of the Lord   “Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I write on the subject of marriage and the family in the light of the upcoming referendum.  I have asked […]
May 11, 2015

“Stop & reflect carefully on what marriage and the family mean”

Newbridge Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Saint Conleth’s Parish, Newbridge, 11th May 2015     In our first reading we have seen how Saint Paul continues on his journeys establishing new communities of faith in Jesus Christ and preaching […]
May 9, 2015

Back Lane Hostel Centenary

MASS ON THE OCCASION OF ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF BACKLANE HOSTEL Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ———————- Back Lane Hostel, Dublin, 9th May 2015 ​My mother’s family lived for generations in New Row, just a few hundred yards from here and I myself was born […]
May 6, 2015

“Marriage in the constitution is linked with the family”

“Marriage in the constitution is linked with the family” – Archbishop of Dublin   22nd Consultation Day for Diocesan Communications Officers   Speaking notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ———————— All Hallows College, Dublin, 6th May 2015     I think that I should begin by saying that I […]
May 1, 2015

Blessing of The Homeless Jesus statue

Blessing of the image of The Homeless Jesus Christ Church Cathedral, 1st May 2015   Reflections of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin     Less than six months ago, the name of Jonathon Corrie was on all our nation’s news headlines, the morning after he died homeless on the streets of Dublin.   […]
April 27, 2015

Launch of Fr Gleeson digital diaries

LAUNCH OF THE EXHIBITION OF THE PAPERS OF FATHER FRANCIS GLEESON   Words of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   ————————-   Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, 27th April 2015     “Words of mine are superfluous.  The readings we have heard from Father Gleeson’s writings speak for themselves.  They […]
April 26, 2015

Mass for Venerable Mary Aikenhead

 MASS TO GIVE THANKS FOR THE DECLARATION ON THE HEROIC VIRTUES OF THE VENERABLE MARY AIKENHEAD  Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin  Church of the Holy Family, Aughrim Street, 26th April 2015  Introduction “We join this afternoon with the Congregation of the Religious Sisters of Charity […]
April 4, 2015

Easter Vigil Homily

EASTER VIGIL 2015 Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin, 4th April 2015 “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain”.  Saint Paul, in his First Letter to the Corinthians, reminds us […]
April 3, 2015

Way of the Cross Reflections

WAY OF THE CROSS 2015 through Phoenix Park Dublin elements for reflections of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Good Friday, 3rd April 2015   FIRST REFLECTION   “Pray with me that you may not come into the time of trial”.  Jesus knows that his hour has come and that he would […]