Archbishop’s Homilies and Addresses

October 21, 2018

Mass to commemorate victims of RMS Leinster

  Twenty-ninth Sunday of the Year 2018   CENTENARY OF THE SINKING OF THE RMS LEINSTER Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 21st October 2018     Introduction   Exactly one hundred years ago to the day, my predecessor Archbishop William J. Walsh celebrated here in […]
October 7, 2018

Mass of Farewell in Finglas West

  MASS OF FAREWELL TO THE CURRENT BUILDING OF THE CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Church of the Annunciation, Finglas West, 7 October 2018   “Very often when I visit a Parish for some occasion, someone welcomes me saying that they appreciate […]
October 2, 2018

Mass for Episcopal Conference & WMOF

 MASS RECOGNISING THE CONTRIBUTION OF THOSE INVOLVED IN STRUCTURES AND INITIATIVES OF  THE IRISH EPISCOPAL CONFERENCE AND IN THE WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, 2nd October 2018   “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of God”?  That […]
October 1, 2018

Mass for Opening of the New Law Term

  MASS FOR THE OPENING OF THE NEW LAW TERM Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Michan, Halston Street, Dublin 1st  October 2018     “We come to invoke the Holy Spirt to protect and inspire all those who work in our nation […]
September 30, 2018

Mass on the Retirement of Prof. Gerard Gillen

 Twenty Sixth Sunday 2018  MASS ON THE OCCASION OF THE RETIREMENT OF GERARD GILLEN Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, Primate of Ireland,  Pro-Cathedral, 30th September 2018   “The Spirit comes to us in unexpected ways.  We saw that in the first reading from the Book of Numbers.  […]
September 25, 2018

Diocesan Education Mass 2018

  DIOCESAN EDUCATION MASS 2018   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin,  Saint Patrick Campus, Dublin City University, 25 September 2018   ” We come to ask the protection of the Holy Spirit on the multiple endeavours in the field of education in this diocese in the coming […]
September 16, 2018

150 Years of Bohernabreena Church

  MASS ON THE OCCASION OF THE SESQUICENTENARY  OF THE CHURCH OF SAINT ANNE, BOHERNABREENA   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Anne, Bohernabreena, 16 September 2018 “I very much enjoyed the drama presentation before the celebration of Mass.  It brought out two things:  it […]
September 8, 2018

Opening Mass of Lourdes Pilgrimage

Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes OPENING MASS AT THE GROTTO OF OUR LADY   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Lourdes, 8th September 2018   “These have been eventful weeks for the Church in the Archdiocese of Dublin.  We had the joy of the visit of Pope […]
September 2, 2018

Reflections on the visit of Pope Francis

22nd Sunday of the Year 2018   REFLECTIONS ON THE VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS   Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 2 September 2018   One week after the visit of Pope Francis to Dublin, I would like publicly to express my gratitude to all […]
August 26, 2018

Words of Welcome at Phoenix Park Mass

Words of welcome given by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the opening of Mass at the conclusion of the 2018 World Meeting of Families “Thirty-nine years ago, over a million Irish people gathered around this Cross for the Mass celebrated by your predecessor Pope Saint John Paul.  It was an historical […]
August 21, 2018

World Meeting of Families Opening Evening of Prayer

  World Meeting of Families OPENING EVENING PRAYER   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ———————————————————- RDS Dublin, 7.30pm 21 August 2018   “This is an important evening.  After many months of preparation, this evening in every diocese across Ireland, we open the World Meeting of […]
August 19, 2018

As we await the visit of Pope Francis …

  Twentieth Sunday of the Year 2018 SUNDAY MASS IN THE PRO-CATHEDRAL Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ———————————————- Sunday 19th August 2018   “In just one week, we will be well into the short but intense visit to Ireland of Pope Francis.  A short yet intense […]
July 19, 2018

Launch of the Programme of the Festival of Families

  Comments of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Launch of the Programme of “The Festival of Families” —————————– Croke Park, Dublin, 19th July 2018   “There is great interest in the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families.  The motives of that interest are varied but all […]
July 16, 2018

Priestly Ordination of Salesian Deacons

  Fifteenth Sunday of the Year 2018   PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF TWO SALESIAN DEACONS   Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, 15 June 2018   Introduction   I join in the joy of the Salesian Fathers and the wider Salesian family as today […]
July 1, 2018

100 Years of Columban Mission

 Family and Mission Day Eucharist   100 YEARS OF COLUMBAN MISSION   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Saint Colomban’s Dalgan Park, Navan, 1st July 2018   On 29 June 1918, one hundred years ago almost to the day, the idea of setting-up a missionary society […]
June 30, 2018

Homily in Mount Merrion Church

  THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR 2018   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Therese, Mount Merrion, 30th June 2018   Introduction   I wished to come here to Mount Merrion this evening to reflect with you on events that have taken place over the […]
June 29, 2018

Ordination of Robert Smyth

  ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD OF ROBERT SMYTH   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 29th June 2018 Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul   “The Gospel reading for this Feast of Saints Peter and Paul is a very apposite one as we […]
June 26, 2018

Statement on Mount Merrion Parish

Statement of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin regarding Mount Merrion Parish & Minister Josepha Madigan “Comments by Minister Josepha Madigan yesterday arising from a situation that arose in the Parish of Mount Merrion at the weekend have caused parishioners in Mount Merrion and further afield considerable distress. Many have contacted my offices […]
June 11, 2018

Details of Pope Francis’ visit to the World Meeting of Families

  Comments of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on the launch of the programme of the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, 11 June 2018   “We are here to officially announce the programme of the visit of Pope […]
June 10, 2018

25th Anniversary Laurel Lodge/Carpenterstown

  25th Anniversary of the Opening of the Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle, Laurel Lodge/Carpenterstown 10 June 2018   “Yesterday evening I celebrated Mass for the 75th anniversary of the Parish of Our Lady of […]
June 10, 2018

Mourne Road 75th Anniversary

   75th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Parish of Mourne Road Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mourne Road, 9 June 2018   “We are gathered to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of this Parish of Our Lady […]
June 2, 2018

Ordination of Permanent Deacons

  Feast of Saint Kevin 2018 ORDINATION TO THE PERMANENT DIACONATE   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 2nd June 2018   “Today through the laying on of hands and the prayer of consecration, we ordain four new permanent deacons for service in the […]
May 27, 2018

Deaconate Ordinations

TRINITY SUNDAY 2018 Deaconate ordinations in Maynooth   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, 27th May 2018   “Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Blessed Trinity.  It is one of the central feasts in the life of the Church. We all know […]
May 17, 2018

The Defence of Human Life

              “The Church must always be pro-life.  That means that the Christian community must be a beacon of support for life especially at its most vulnerable moments and a beacon of support at vulnerable moments of any woman or man along their path of life.             Christians […]
May 11, 2018

Special Moment of Prayer for Life

  Archbishop’s House, Dublin D09 H4C2 11th May 2018 Special moment of Prayer for Life   I write to thank the priests of the diocese in their pastoral efforts to address the question of the protection of human life from conception to natural death. I would suggest that every parish should […]
April 21, 2018

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

  DUBLIN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK 2018 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Knock Shrine, 21 April 2018 “This year’s Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock has special connotations.  This year a concerted effort has been made to involve a wider number of parishes from the Archdiocese of Dublin […]
April 1, 2018

Easter Homily

  EASTER MORNING 2018 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   ——————————————   Pro-Cathedral, 1 April 2018     “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb and we do not know where they have put him”   These words constitute a question for all of us.  […]
March 30, 2018

Good Friday Way of the Cross

WAY OF THE CROSS 2018 Through Phoenix Park Dublin Elements for reflections of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Good Friday, 30 March 2018   FIRST REFLECTION Jesus is troubled.  He prays that the time of trial may not come.  Yet he knows that he must face that trial.  […]
March 29, 2018

Chrism Mass 2018

Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin - St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Holy Thursday, 10:30am 29 March 2018
March 25, 2018

Palm Sunday

PALM SUNDAY 2018 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ———– Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 25th March 2018 ​In today’s liturgy we commemorate the Lord’s festive and triumphant entry into Jerusalem as he begins the celebration of the Passover. We have heard two Gospel readings: the Gospel of the […]
March 9, 2018

Message on the Dignity of Human Life

  Message from Archbishop Martin to all priests and parishes in the Archdiocese of Dublin Catholic Teaching on the Dignity of Human Life and Regarding Abortion   I ask all Priests over the coming weeks to draw attention, in an appropriate way, to some basic principles of Catholic teaching concerning […]
March 8, 2018

Tomorrow’s Parish

  TOMORROW’S PARISH   Presentation of a new edition of the book of Donal Harrington Speaking notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, 8th February 2018     “If I were to ask the question, “What will tomorrow’s Parish look like?” I think that there […]
February 18, 2018

Rite of Election 2018

  RITE OF ELECTION 2018 Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin,  Archbishop of Dublin St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 18 February 2018   Introduction           This afternoon the Church in the Archdiocese of Dublin rejoices as it embraces this group of 31 men and women who are entering into the final phase […]
February 18, 2018

Divine Mercy Conference

  DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE 2018   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin, RDS Dublin, 17 February 2018   “This afternoon, we celebrate the Great Mercy of our God.  In prayer and reflection, we deepen our understanding that God is love and that being a follower of Jesus is […]
February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday

  ASH WEDNESDAY 2018 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin ————————————— University College Dublin, 14 February 2018   “The Gospel reading we have just heard is above all about authenticity.   However, you will not find the word authenticity in the text.  It uses a much tougher word, which […]
February 11, 2018

World Day of the Sick

WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2018 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ————————- Church of Saint Agnes Crumlin, 11 February 2018 Introduction Each year on the Sunday nearest to the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, we gather as a diocesan community to celebrate the World Day […]
February 10, 2018

World Day of the Sick Conference

World Day of the Sick Conference 2018 DEMENTIA FRIENDLY PARISH COMMUNITIES Words of introduction of Most Rev, Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ——————————————————- Saint Agnes Parish Centre, Crumlin, 10th February 2018 Longevity is a particular gift of God to our contemporary world. In the Western World, we watch average life […]
February 3, 2018

Day for Consecrated Life

DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE 2018   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   Terenure College Chapel, 3 February 2018   “New wine and old wineskins”   Our gospel reading is about two realities:  new wine and old wineskins.   We have to reflect on both.   Put simply our Gospel reading […]
February 1, 2018

Sean Mc Dermott St. Service of Commemoration & Hope

 National Family Support Network  ANNUAL SERVICE OF COMMEMORATION AND HOPE  Words of   Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott Street, 1 February 2018   “Very few communities in Ireland have had visited on them the levels of brutal violence that this community […]
January 28, 2018

Salesians 25 Years In Sean Mc Dermott St Parish

  1.  Fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018 25 YEARS OF THE SALESIAN PRESENCE IN THE PARISH OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES Homily Notes of Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Dublin, 28 January 2018   “Father Michael Casey, in his opening words, […]
January 7, 2018

Statement on death of Mr. Peter Sutherland R.I.P

The Archbishop  Diarmuid Martin, has expressed his sympathy to the wife and family of the late Peter Sutherland.  Mr Sutherland had been, for a number of years, an advisor to the Vatican’s Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See and was also President of the Geneva-based International Catholic Committee […]
January 3, 2018

Appointment of new Bishop of Ossory

  As Metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of Dublin, I am pleased to welcome the appointment of Monsignor Dermot Farrell as new Bishop of Ossory.  I join with clergy and the entire diocesan community of Ossory in welcoming their new pastor.  I wish Bishop-elect Farrell every blessing and personal happiness […]