Archbishop’s Homilies and Addresses

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December 24, 2010

24/12/2010 Christmas Homily

Christmas 2010 MIDNIGHT MASS Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Pro-Cathedral, 24th December 2010 Introduction We gather on this dark and cold night to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  The birth of a child brought light and comfort into the world, two […]
December 12, 2010

12/12/2010 Homily at Ballyfermot Mass

Third Sunday of Advent 2010 MASS IN BALLYFERMOT PARISH   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   Church of the Assumption, Ballyfermot 12th December 2010   The Gospel of this morning’s Mass recalls that great figure: John the Baptist.  John’s task was to announce the coming […]
November 27, 2010

27/11/2010 Golden Jubilee St. Pius X Church

First Sunday of Advent 2010 GOLDEN JUBILEE OF THE CHURCH OF SAINT PIUS X Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Church of Saint Pius X, Templeogue, 27th November 2010   Our anniversary Mass takes place as we begin the new liturgical year, […]
November 27, 2010

27/11/2010 Vigil of Prayer for Nascent Life

Vigil of Prayer for Nascent LifeDIOCESAN ADVENT SERVICE 2010 Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————- Pro-Cathedral, 27th November 2010   We have come to celebrate the beginning of advent.  Advent is a season of hope as we reflect on the meaning of the coming of […]
November 26, 2010

26/11/2010 Mater Dei Graduation Homily

MATER DEI INSTITUTE GRADUATION MASS 2010 Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Holy Cross College, Clonliffe, 26th November 2010   The readings we have just heard tell us something about how we as followers of Jesus Christ should live as individuals and […]
November 25, 2010

25/11/10 The Murphy Report One Year Later

THE MURPHY REPORT ONE YEAR LATER By Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Speaking at the Chrism Mass in Holy Week 2009, I took the occasion to warn parishes that the publication of the Commission of Investigation Report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin would “shock people”. Judge Yvonne Murphy’s Report was published […]
November 20, 2010

20/11/2010 Frank Duff Memorial Homily

30th Anniversary Mass in Commemoration ofTHE SERVANT OF GOD FRANK DUFFFounder of The Legion of Mary Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————- Pro-Cathedral, 20th November 2010 Introduction         Frank Duff died thirty years ago.  This quiet, personally unassuming man, in quiet simple external circumstances in […]
November 16, 2010

16/11/10 Pope John Paul II Awards Address

POPE JOHN PAUL II AWARDS Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Mansion House, 16th November 2010 As a Bishop one of my greatest concerns is the lack of interaction between the Church and young people.  I refer in particular to the lack […]
November 14, 2010

14/11/2010 Homily for Feast of Laurence O Toole

FEAST OF SAINT LAURENCE O’TOOLE 2010 Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Pro-Cathedral, 14ththNovember 2010   Introduction We celebrate the Feast of Saint Laurence O’Toole, Principal Patron of the Archdiocese of Dublin, whose relic we venerate today in this Pro-Cathedral. Laurence O’Toole […]
November 8, 2010

6/11/2010 Donor Service of Remembrance Homily

25TH ANNIVERSARY SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE AND THANKSGIVING Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-Corpus Christi Church, Drumcondra, 6th November 2010   We are living in difficult and hard times.  The economic prospects for our country are difficult and it is inevitable that the consequences will affect […]
November 8, 2010

6/11/2010 Congo Victims Memorial Mass

50TH ANNIVERSARY MASS IN MEMORY THE VICTIMS OF THE NIEMBA AMBUSH Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Our Lady of Refuge, Rathmines, 6th November 2010   In prayer and remembrance we have come to recall to mind the lives and witness of […]
November 5, 2010

5/11/10 St Patricks Drumcondra Graduation

CONFERRING OF DEGREES AT ST PATRICK’S COLLEGE DRUMCONDRA Speaking Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Saint Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, 5th November 2010 Only yesterday, I was tidying up some old books in the Library of Archbishop’s House and I stumbled on a coffee-table […]
October 4, 2010

4/10/10 Law Mass Homily 2010

Votive Mass of the Holy SpiritCOMMENCEMENT OF THE MICHAELMAS LAW TERM 2010 Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-Saint Michan’s Church, Halston Street, 4th October 2010 One of the great acquisitions of modern democratic constitutional States is that of the division of the legislative, executive and […]
September 24, 2010

24/9/2010 Mass of Thanksgiving for Beatification of Newman

MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF BLESSED CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN Speaking Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Newman University Church, Dublin, 24th September 2010   We gather to give thanks to God for the Beatification last Sunday of Cardinal John Henry […]
September 23, 2010

23/9/2010 Schools Mass Homily

Opening remarks and homily notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin —————-Saint Bernadette’s Church, Clogher Road, 23rd September 2010   Introduction   At the beginning of the school year I am delighted to greet all the components of the Catholic School’s system in the Archdiocese of Dublin as we call God’s blessing […]
September 23, 2010

21/9/2010 Civil Society Leaders Conference

Civil Society Leader’s Residential ConferenceBeyond Boom and Bust – What Next? “BREATHING SPACES” Speaking Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-Dromantine, 21st -22nd September 2010 Firstly let me say that I am very happy to be here in Dromantine this evening and tomorrow.  This is an interesting […]
September 20, 2010

17/9/10 Celebration for Candidates to Diaconate

ADMISSION OF CANDIDATES FOR THE PERMANENT DEACONATE Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Church of Divine Mercy, Lucan South, 17th September 2010 This is an historic occasion.  It is the first time in the modern history of the Archdiocese of Dublin that […]
September 20, 2010

20/9/10 Celebration for Candidates to Diaconate

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin celebrated the Rite of Admission to Candidacy, with the first group of men to begin their formation for the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Dublin at a special ceremony at the Church of Divine Mercy in Lucan at the weekend.   Admission to Candidacy is a […]
September 17, 2010

17/9/10 Opening of Medical Genetics centre at OLCH

Opening of the improved National Centre of Medical Genetics WORDS OF WELCOME TO MINSTER MARY HARNEY Speaking Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital; 17th September 2010 Minister Harney, you are welcome once again to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital. You […]
September 16, 2010

16/9/10 Mental Health Care Address

National Mental Health Care Conference 2010LIVING LIFE TO THE FULL Speaking Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-Conrad Hotel, 16th September 2010 I would like to join with Minister Moloney in congratulating the organizers of this Conference on the Future of Mental Health Care in Ireland.  The […]
September 8, 2010

8/9/10 Lourdes Mass Homily

OPENING MASS OF THE 2010 DUBLIN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Lourdes, 8th September 2010 Once again, on the Feast of the Birthday of Our Lady, we gather at this holy place, at Mary’s Shrine in Lourdes.  […]
September 3, 2010

3/9/10 Homily at Mass with Poor Clares

DEDICATION OF NEW ALTAR Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland—————-Saint Damian’s, Simmonscourt Road, 3rd September 2010   We come to dedicate this altar after the re-ordering of this Church of Saint Damian of the Poor Clare Colettines.   We gather as friends of this community […]
August 27, 2010

24/8/2010 The Ireland of Newman- The Ireland of today(Rimini)

Speaking Notes JOHN HENRY NEWMAN – FAITH AND REASONThe Ireland of Newman – the Ireland of today Speaking notes forHis Grace Archbishop Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland—————-“Popoli“ meeting, Rimini, 24 August 2010   The forthcoming beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman is an opportunity for me as […]
July 10, 2010

10/7/2010 Homily at Ordinations and Commissioning of Pastoral Workers

PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF CONLETH MEEHANAND THE COMMISSIONING OF 10 PARISH PASTORAL WORKERS Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland—————-Pro-Cathedral, 10th July 2010   Today is a day of celebration for the Archdiocese of Dublin as we gather for the ordination a new priest, Conleth Meehan, […]
June 28, 2010

26/6/10 Archbishop’s Homily in Knock

Annual Pilgrimage to Knock ofSAINT JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIESTS SOCIETYHomily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland—————-Basilica of Our Lady of Knock, 26th June 2010 The Church in Ireland has to face many challenges, yet the Church in Ireland has in its history, distant and recent, addressed […]
June 4, 2010

04/06/2010 Newman Society, Oxford University

“THERE ARE MANY YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO FIND A REASON TO REMAIN IN THE CHURCH”   Speaking Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———Newman Society, Oxford, 4th June 2010 Speaking Notes ofArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———Newman Society, Oxford, 4 June 2010   […]
May 22, 2010

22/5/2010 Festival of Peoples

Pentecost 2010 FESTIVAL OF PEOPLES Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland ——— Pro-Cathedral, 22nd May 2010 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 […]
May 10, 2010

10/5/2010 The future of the Church in Ireland

THE FUTURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN IRELANDSpeaking Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland ———-Ely Place, 10th May 2010           What do I say about the future of the Catholic Church in Ireland?   The sociological data send us mixed signals.  Public opinion varies from those […]
May 6, 2010

06/5/10 Book Launch of Trocaire

Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———-Newman House, 6th May 2010 Trocaire constitutes a major contribution of the Catholic Church in Ireland not just to development projects but to the consciousness of Irish people and Irish public opinion around the question of international solidarity.  From […]
April 28, 2010

28/4/10 Workers Memorial Day Service

WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAYReflection at Ceremony of the Irish Congress of Trades Unions Speaking Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland ———-Dublin Castle, 28TH April 2010 People are at the heart of a modern economy. A knowledge-based economy is driven, above all, by the creativity and capacity […]
April 16, 2010

16/4/10 Homily at Mass for victims of Polish Air Crash

SOLEMN MASS TO COMMEND TO GOD’S MERCYTHE 96 VICTIMS OF THE SMOLENSK AIR CRASH Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland———–Saint Audeon’s, High Street, 16th April 2010   We come together to grieve.  We come together to grieve on the occasion of a sad and […]
April 3, 2010

3/4/2010 Easter Vigil Homily

EASTER VIGIL 2010 Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland ———– Pro-Cathedral, 3rd April 2010 We have heard the familiar yet striking readings from the Old Testament which recount the wonders which God had worked for his people from the beginning, from the […]
April 2, 2010

2/4/10 Way of the Cross Reflections

WAY OF THE CROSSthrough Phoenix Park Dublin Elements for reflections of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Good Friday, 2nd April 2010 Words of Welcome           We come on Good Friday afternoon to commemorate the Passion and Death of Jesus.   We come to walk the […]
April 1, 2010

1/4/10 Chrism Mass 2010

Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland Holy Thursday, Pro-Cathedral, 1st April 2010        This is a unique moment in the life of the diocese.  It is a unique and important gathering from every corner of the Archdiocese of Dublin on Holy Thursday here […]
March 28, 2010

28/3/10 Palm Sunday Homily

PALM SUNDAY 2010 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Pro-Cathedral, 28th March 2010 After first Gospel reading We will hear two Gospel readings at this Mass.  We have just heard the account of Jesus’ Solemn Entry into Jerusalem. Later we will hear […]
March 20, 2010

20/3/2010 Homily Fifth Sunday of Lent (Papal Letter)

FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE LENT 2010 Homily notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————- Pro-Cathedral, 20th March 2010   We are moving forward on our Lenten journey.  Once again on this Sunday the theme of the readings is about mercy.  It is about the mercy of God […]
March 19, 2010

13/3/2010 40th Anniversary of Accord

Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland ———- Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, 13th March 2010 The Gospel reading we have just heard is about the sense of discernment which must mark the life of Christians.  The Gospel tells us about the newness which […]
February 24, 2010

25/12/09 Midnight Mass Christmas 2009

Homily notes and Message ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-Pro-Cathedral, 24th December 2008 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 is the happiest Christmas for many […]
February 22, 2010

21/02/2010 Rite of Election

RITE OF ELECTION 2010 Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Pro-Cathedral, 21st February 2010 Introduction          This afternoon the Church in the Archdiocese of Dublin rejoices as it embraces this group of 41 men and women who have turned for Baptism and 3 […]
February 17, 2010

17/02/2010 UCD, Ash Wednesday

ASH WEDNESDAY 2010 Homily Notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-University College Dublin, February 2009 The Gospel we have just heard talks about “Doing good deeds in secret”.  I am not sure that this would be proposed today as a management or public relations strategy.  Good news […]
February 9, 2010

7/2/2010 Anniversary of Viatores Christi

Fiftieth Anniversary of Viatores Christi FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 2010 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Phibsboro, 7thFebruary 2010         The Christian vocation is not something that we design for ourselves.  Vocation is a calling that we answer.  This applies to […]
February 9, 2010

7/2/2010 World Day of the Sick

World Day of the Sick 2010 THE CHURCH IN THE SERVICE OF LOVE FOR THE SUFFERING Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland —————- Church of the Good Shepherd, Churchtown, 7th February 2010        We celebrate once again the World Day of the Sick.  We […]
February 4, 2010

3/2/2010 Education in the 21st Century

National Library of Ireland SocietyJOHN O’MEARA LECTURE 2010 If Newman were around today – reflections on higher education in the 21st Century Speaking notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————- National Library, 3rd February 2010           There are many things I would like to speak about […]
February 3, 2010

2/2/10 Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

DAY OF PRAYER FOR CONSECRATED LIFE 2010 Homily NotesArchbishop Diarmuid Martin Terenure College, 2nd February 2010 Ecclesia semper reformanda est.   The Church is constantly called to renewal.   This was one of the classical calls at the time of the reformers, which was taken up again in its own way at […]
January 24, 2010

24/1/2010 Homily at ordination to Deaconate

Third Sunday of the Year 2010ORDINATION TO THE DEACONATE OF STEPHEN DEIGHAN Words of introduction and homily notes ofMost Rev. Diarmuid MartinArchbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland—————-Church of the Holy Cross, Dundrum, 24th January 2010   Introduction I am delighted to be here in this Church of the Holy Cross […]