Archbishop’s Homilies and Addresses

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December 24, 2009

24/12/09 Christmas Homily and Message

CHRISTMAS 2009 – MIDNIGHT MASS Homily notes and Message ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-Pro-Cathedral, 24th December 2009   It would be foolish for me to say that this is for me the happiest Christmas that I have experienced in my life or to say that this […]
December 7, 2009

6/12/09 Archbishop’s Homily Sunday 6th

Lourdes Reunion 2009 SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT 2009 Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland ———– Saint Andrew’s Church, Westland Row, 6th December 2006 The Gospel this afternoon, the Second Sunday of Advent, once again focuses on the coming of the Lord and […]
November 26, 2009

26/11/09 Archbishops Statement on the Publication of the Dublin Report

  Comments of ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN on the occasion of the publication of the Commission of Investigation in the sexual abuse of children by priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin 26th November 2009 It is difficult to find words to describe how I feel today.  As Archbishop of a Diocese […]
November 14, 2009

14/11/09 Homily for Feast of Laurence O’ Toole

FEAST OF SAINT LAURENCE O’TOOLE 2009 Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———–Pro-Cathedral, 14th November 2009 We celebrate the Feast of Saint Laurence O’Toole, Principal Patron of the Archdiocese of Dublin, who was Archbishop from 1162 until 1180. Laurence was Archbishop in difficult times, politically […]
November 3, 2009

1/11/09 Opening of Church of Holy Rosary Ballycragh

Feast of All Saints 2009OPENING OF THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY ROSARY, BALLYCRAGH Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———–Ballycragh, 1st November 2009 There is something very significant in celebrating the Dedication of a new church building on the Feast of All Saints.  At a […]
November 3, 2009

28/10/09 Irish Spiritan Province Foundation

Foundation Day of the Irish Spiritan Province150 YEAR OF SPIRITAN PRESENCE IN IRELAND Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———–Kimmage Manor, 28th October 2009         Over last weekend, the Irish College in Rome hosted an historical Seminar on Cardinal Paul Cullen, who was Archbishop of […]
November 3, 2009

25/10/09 Canonisation of Jeanne Jugan

MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE CANONIZATION OF SAINT JEANNE JUGAN Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———–Mount Merrion, 25th October 2009 The life story of Jeanne Jugan is at the same time an ordinary story and an extraordinary one.   That story blossomed and gave birth […]
November 3, 2009

24/10/09 Feast of Jesus the Divine Master

FEAST OF JESUS, THE DIVINE MASTER Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———–Divine Master centre, Dublin, 24th October 2009 I am particularly happy to be here with you this afternoon to celebrate with the Sisters and with the friends of the community the Feast of […]
October 10, 2009

10/10/2009 Irish Kidney Association Thanksgiving Service

Irish Kidney AssociationSERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND THANKSGIVING Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————- Corpus Christi Church, Drumcondra, 10th October 2009 This is a unique gathering.  It is a gathering in which people from so many backgrounds come with hidden thoughts, thoughts about loved ones who […]
October 5, 2009

29/09/09 Parish and Evangelisation

PARISH AND EVANGELIZATION Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————- Church of the Assumption, Dalkey, 29th September 2009  I am pleased to be with this evening as you celebrate as a Parish Community the anniversary the dedication in September 1841 of this Church of the Assumption.   […]
October 5, 2009

5/10/09 Opening of Law Michaelmas Law Term

VOTIVE MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRITon the occasion of theOPENING OF MICHAELMAS LAW TERM 2009 Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————- Saint Michan’s Church, Halston Street, 5th October 2009 We have come to invoke the Holy Spirit.  How does the Spirit work?  We see one […]
September 22, 2009

22/09/09 Schools Mass Homily

Mass to mark the opening of the new school year  Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————- Church of the Holy Redeemer, Bray, September 2009           The readings of our Mass this evening at the beginning of a new school year remind us of the […]
September 21, 2009

18/09/09 150th Anniversary of Terenure College

150TH ANNIVERSARY OF TERENURE COLLEGE Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-  18th September 2009   I am genuinely happy to be here this evening as Terenure College begins the celebrations of the one hundredth and fiftieth anniversary of its foundation.  I am delighted to be […]
September 15, 2009

15/09/09 150th Anniversary of Blackrock College

Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————- Blackrock College 15th September 2009  We celebrate 150 years of the life of Blackrock College.  It is not easy to imagine what the world was like a century and a half ago.   Few of us can imagine what the […]
September 8, 2009

11/09/09 Closing Mass Lourdes 2009

CLOSING MASS OF THE 2009 DUBLIN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-September 2009 The Gospel reading at our opening Mass was the Gospel of the first message of the Angel to Mary.  It was a message which she did not fully […]
September 7, 2009

08/09/2009 Opening mass Lourdes 2009

OPENING MASS OF THE 2009  DUBLIN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-8th September 2009 Sixty years ago the first Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes took place.  As we look back it would be difficult to comprehend the grace which this pilgrimage […]
July 5, 2009

05/07/09 Feast of St. Oliver Plunkett Homily July 5th

Fourteenth Sunday of the Year 2009FESTIVAL DAY OF SAINT OLIVER PLUNKETT Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———–Parish of Saint Peter, Drogheda, 5th July 2009         I am sure that Saint Oliver Plunkett pondered this text from Saint John’s Gospel on the Good Shepherd many […]
June 30, 2009

28/06/09 RCIA-All Hallow’s

BECOMING THE BODY OF CHRIST Speaking Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———–All Hallows College, 28th June 2009 I am delighted to be able to speak to you at the opening of this Conference entitled Becoming the Body of Christ which takes place just as we begin […]
June 27, 2009

27/6/09 Ordinations Homily

Opening of theYear of Evangelisation in the Archdiocese of DublinORDINATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOODAndCOMMISSIONING OF LAY PASTORAL WORKERS Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———–Pro-Cathedral, 27th June 2009 The Archdiocese of Dublin is living and experiencing difficult times.  The generous efforts of many good priests, of […]
April 24, 2009

24/4/09 Papal Anniversary Homily

FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEGINNING OF THE UNIVERSAL MINISTRY OFPOPE BENEDICT XVI Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———–Pro-Cathedral, 24th April 2009 Four years ago today, on 24th April 2005, Pope Benedict XVI formally began his mission as Universal Pastor of the Church. There is a […]
April 19, 2009

19/4/2009 Donnycarney Parish Mass

SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER 2009Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———–Our Lady of Consolation, Donnycarney, 19th April 2009 In today’s Gospel we see the strong personality of the apostle Thomas.  The other disciples are overjoyed as Jesus appears to them, confirming what he had taught […]
April 11, 2009

11/4/09 Easter Vigil Homily

EASTER VIGIL 2009 Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———–Pro-Cathedral, 11th April 2009        Christianity is a religion of freedom, a religion that frees.   With the resurrection of Jesus, humankind and all creation experience an explosion of freedom. The entire history of God’s dealings with humankind, […]
April 9, 2009

09/04/09 Chrism Mass 2009

CHRISM MASS 2009 Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland————- Holy Thursday, Pro-Cathedral, 9TH April 2009   Very often, as I begin to celebrate Mass here in the Pro-Cathedral, I am distracted by the words on the poster on that column towards my left: “Dublin […]
February 25, 2009

25/02/2009 Ash Wednesday,UCD

ASH WEDNESDAY 2009 Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-University College Dublin, 25th February 2009 IntroductionThis morning we begin the season of Lent with the ancient celebration of the imposition of Ashes. Ashes have a varied symbolism.  They symbolise death, they symbolise repentance, they symbolise a […]
February 17, 2009

17/02/09 Trinity College Historical Society

Trinity College Historical SocietyEVENT IN HONOUR OF ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU Speaking Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———-Trinity College, Dublin, 17th February 2009          “That thanks are due to the Auditor for his Address”.   Thanks are indeed due to the Auditor, for his address and […]
February 8, 2009

8/2/2009 World Day of the Sick Homily

Fifth Sunday of the YearWORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2009 Homily notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland———————-Our Lady, Help of Christian, Navan Road, 8th February 2009 The Gospel reading we have heard is a very interesting one.  If we look closely at it we can see […]
January 7, 2009

06/01/2009 Festival of Peoples

Feast of the Epiphany 2009FESTIVAL OF PEOPLES Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 6th January 2009 Most of us will have fond memories from our own homes – in so many parts of the world – of the figures of the three wise men […]
January 1, 2009

1/1/2009 World Day of Peace Homily

WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2009 Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland ———- Church of the Assumption, Booterstown, 1st January 2009 The words that we heard in the first reading and in the psalm express the fundamental prayer that is in each one […]