Archbishop’s Homilies and Addresses

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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 […]