Archbishop’s Homilies and Addresses

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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 […]
April 2, 2015

Mass of Chrism Homily

PRESS RELEASE Thursday April 2nd   “Times are changing, perhaps more for priests than most other callings in life”– Archbishop Martin Mass of Chrism Homily Notes from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin 10 am St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin     Introduction   The Mass for the Blessing of Oils is a […]
March 24, 2015

Freedom of Conscience

Press Statement March 24th There has been much commentary, some inaccurate, in mainstream and social media in recent days, concerning responses given by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to a question at a public meeting which he addressed in Dublin last week, in particular in relation to freedom of conscience. Please see […]
March 19, 2015

The Teaching of the Church on Marriage today

THE TEACHING OF THE CHURCH ON MARRIAGE TODAY  Speaking notes of   Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin  Iona Institute Lecture   “I am grateful to the Iona Institute for this invitation to come and speak to the Institute on the theme of The Teaching of the Church on Marriage […]
March 15, 2015

Ordination of Dominican Deacons

  ORDINATION TO THE DEACONATE OF SIX DOMINICAN FRIARS Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Saint Saviour’s Priory, Dominick Street, 15th March 2015 “We come now to ordain these six men as Deacons of the Church of Jesus Christ, within the Order of Preachers.  I join with […]
March 10, 2015

Mass with Torch of St. Benedict

MASS ON THE OCCASION OF THE PILGRIMAGE OF THE TORCH OF SAINT BENEDICT   Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 6th March 2015     Introduction   This afternoon we welcome here to Dublin a pilgrimage with the Torch of Saint Benedict, a torch whose […]
March 4, 2015

The Synod on the Family -what can we expect?

  Reading the Signs of the Times – Urgent Questions for our Church Today  The Synod on the Family – what can we expect?   Speaking notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin All Hallows College, Dublin, 4th March 2015 “I was surprised to find myself one of a small […]
March 1, 2015

Mount Merrion Mass for Consecrated Life

Second Sunday of Lent 2015 MASS TO CELEBRATE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES IN THE PARISH   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Therese, Mount Merrion, 1st March 2015   “The Gospel of the first Sunday of Lent, which we heard last week, reminded us of […]
February 24, 2015

The Church in Ireland: Signs of Hope-New Challenges

Journeying in Hope — THE CHURCH IN IRELAND – SIGNS OF HOPE – NEW CHALLENGES  Speaking notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin  Saint John’s Parish, Tralee, 24th February 2015    “On Sunday last I presided at a ceremony in the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin during which I welcomed over […]
February 21, 2015

Homily at Divine Mercy Conference

 DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE 2015  Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin RDS Ballsbridge, 21st February 2015              “After a long day of reflection and activities, we gather as the day comes to a close for this special moment of prayer as we […]
February 21, 2015

Mass for Venerable Fr. John Sullivan SJ

  MASS TO CELEBRATE THE RECOGNITION OF FATHER JOHN SULLIVAN S.J. AS VENERABLE SERVANT OF GOD  Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin  Church of Saint Francis Xavier, Gardner Street, 21st February 2015  “The Gospel reading we have just heard reminds us of how central the care of the […]
February 17, 2015

Comunione e Liberazione Anniversary Mass

MASS ON THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF DON LUIGI GIUSSANI AND THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECOGNITION OF THE FRATERNITY OF COMUNIONE E LIBERAZIONE Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Milltown Park, 17th February 2015 “Our Gospel reading this evening is an unusual one in […]
February 15, 2015

Beechwood Avenue Centenary

Sixth Sunday of the Year 2015 CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS OF THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY NAME BEECHWOOD AVENUE Homily notes of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin Church of the Holy Name, Beechwood Avenue, 15th February 2015 “An anniversary celebration is always an occasion both to look back and to look forward. We look back […]
February 8, 2015

World Day of the Sick Homily

World Day of the Sick 2015 MASS WITH THE CONFERRAL OF THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Canice, Finglas, 8th February 2015 “There is something that is quite striking about the Gospel reading that we have just heard. […]
February 7, 2015

World Day of Sick Address

World Day of the Sick 2015 Seminar FACILITATING THE PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK  Speaking notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin      Bewley’s Dublin Airport Hotel, 7th February 2015              “The pastoral care of the sick is an essential part of the pastoral outreach […]
February 2, 2015

Homily at Mass for Consecrated Life

Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin 1st February 2015, Feast of Saint Brigid, Church of Saint Brigid, Killester   “I suppose that the notion of ‘a full measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over’ is a little less familiar to us today, when so much […]
January 13, 2015

Mass in Solidarity with the people of France

Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 13th January 2015     “Abraham Skorka is a Jewish Rabbi in Buenos Aires who has been a friend of Pope Francis for many years.  Yesterday he wrote a striking article as a broad reflection on the significance of the […]
January 4, 2015

Ordination to the Diaconate of three Jesuit Candidates

Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Milltown Park, 4th January 2015   Introduction   “We come together to pray with the Irish and Korean Provinces of the Society of Jesus for these three men who will be admitted to the Order of Deacons through the laying-on […]
January 1, 2015

Homily at Mass for the World Day of Peace 2015

Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Church of the Three Patrons, Rathgar, Dublin, 1st January 2015     Trafficking of human persons is a problem in Ireland today   “Pope Francis chose the theme of this year’s World Day of Peace as: No Longer Slavers but […]