Archbishop’s Homilies and Addresses

November 15, 2019

Ardlea 50th Anniversary

GOLDEN JUBILEE MASS CHURCH OF SAINT JOHN VIANNEY, ARDLEA Homily notes of notes of Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Saint John Vianney, Ardlea, 15 November 2019 ”I have good reason to remember 1969, the year in which this Church was opened and dedicated to Saint John Vianney.  It was the […]
November 14, 2019

Feast of St. Laurence O’ Toole

  FEAST OF SAINT LAURENCE O’TOOLE 2019 Homily notes of   Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, Thursday, 14th November 2019   “There is a book about my predecessor, Archbishop Edward Byrne, who was Archbishop from 1920 to 1940 called “Edward J Byrne, the Forgotten Archbishop of Dublin”.  He was […]
November 9, 2019

Mass for Deceased Priests

MASS FOR THE DECEASED PRIESTS 2019 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ——————————————– Pro-Cathedral, 9th November 2019 Once again, as we do each year in the month of November, we come together to remember those priests of this Archdiocese of Dublin or who ministered in the […]
November 7, 2019

80th Anniversary Mass of the Girls Guides of Arklow Parish

80TH ANNIVERSARY MASS  OF THE GIRL GUIDES OF ARKLOW PARISH   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Mary and Saint Peter, Arklow, 7th November, 2019         We celebrate this Jubilee of the Muire na Trocaire company of the Girls Guides founded way […]
November 7, 2019

Blessing of New Chapel at Nazareth House

BLESSING OF NEW CHAPEL AT NAZARETH HOUSE, DUBLIN  Homily Notes of   Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Nazareth House, Malahide Road, 4th November 2019     “It is a great joy for me to bless this new Chapel.  It will be a focal point in the life of the Nazareth […]
November 2, 2019

Ministry for Lector & Candidacy for Deaconate

Thirty-First Sunday 2019 ADMISSION TO MINISTRY OF LECTOR AND CANDIDACY FOR DIACONATE Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of the Holy Spirit, Ballyroan, 2 November 2019 ​“In our Gospel reading, we encounter the figure of the chief tax collectorZacchaeus, who as the reading says, “is […]
October 27, 2019

Sisters of the Divine Master

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THE DIVINE MASTER Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Sisters of Divine Master, Dublin, 27 October 2019 ”The Gospel reading we have just heard is a fascinating and complex text.   It comes after the presentation by Saint Matthew of a series […]
October 20, 2019

Celebration of the Canonisation of John Henry Newman

  29th Sunday of the Year 2019   CELEBRATION OF THE CANONISATION OF JOHN HENRY NEWMAN  Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Newman University Church, Dublin, 20 October 2019       Introduction   Amid all the celebrations that have taken place in these days to mark the […]
October 13, 2019

150th Anniversary of Glasthule Church

150TH ANNIVERSARY OF SAINT JOSEPH’S CHURCH GLASTHULE Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Saint Joseph’s Church, Glasthule, 13 October 2109 “Dublin in 1869! Dublin in 1869 was a troubled city.    In October 1869, just days before this Church was opened, there was one of the largest publicdemonstration ever […]
October 11, 2019

The Relevance of Newman in Ireland today

  Pontifical Irish College – Embassy of Ireland to the Holy See    THE RELEVANCE OF CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN IN IRELAND TODAY   Speaking notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pontifical Irish College, Rome, 11 October 2019   “Newman’s links with Dublin form an important part of […]
October 9, 2019

Migration from a Pastoral Perspective

  Identity and Relevance of the Syro Malabar Diaspora in Catholic Communion   MIGRATION FROM A PASTORAL PERSPECTIVE   Reflection of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Pontificio Istituto Orientale, Rome, 9 October 2019   “Global migration is a major challenge for today’s world.  The care of migrants is […]
September 22, 2019

Golden Jubilee Bonnybrook

Twenty-fifth Sunday of the Year 2019 GOLDEN JUBILEE MASS Of THE CHURCH OF SAINT JOSEPH THE ARTISAN BONNYBROOK Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ————————————————— Saint Joseph the Artisan, Bonnybrook, 22 September 2019 For some reason the Liturgy experts who worked on the scripture texts for […]
September 17, 2019

Mass for at Start of the New School Year

MASS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR 2019 Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin , Archbishop of Dublin DCU at Saint Patrick’s College, Drumcondra  Tuesday 17th September 2019     “The beginning of the new School Year offers us a moment to look beyond the many day-to-day concerns that […]
September 9, 2019

Lourdes Pilgrimage Closing Mass

CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE DUBLIN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2019 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin —————————— Saint Bernadette’s Church, 8th September 2019 ​Our pilgrimage is drawing to a close.  We have joined together in these days in prayer and reflection.  We have cared for our […]
September 5, 2019

Opening Mass of Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019

Opening Mass DUBLIN DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2019 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ————————— Grotto of Massabielle, 5 September 2019   The crowds flock to Jesus. They know that there is a special power within him and if they come into contact with that power […]
September 1, 2019

Reception of Remains of Fr. Tony Coote (RIP)

  RECEPTION OF THE REMAINS OF FATHER TONY COOTE   Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud, 6pm 1st September 2019   “When one day the train arrives in that Station, I will get out onto the platform with hope and […]
September 1, 2019

Mass to remember Women’s Forum members

Twenty Second Sunday 2019 MASS TO REMEMBER DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE WOMEN’S FORUM Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin —————————————- Pro-Cathedral, 31st August 2019 ​“Jesus had the amazing ability to illustrate the action of God through the observation of simple and very ordinary human behaviour. ​He […]
August 25, 2019

A Year after the Pope’s Visit

      A YEAR AFTER THE POPE’S VISIT   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral Dublin, 11am Sunday 25 August 2019   “Almost exactly to the hour one year ago, Pope Francis landed at Dublin Airport for the final moments of the World Meeting […]
July 6, 2019

German Lutheran Pastors Conference

GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTORS CONFERENCE Redemanuskript des Hochwürdigsten Diarmuid Martin Erzbischof von Dublin —————————————————- Lutherische Kirche Saint Kilian, Dublin 6 Juli 2019   Die religiöse Kultur Irlands zu verstehen ist kein leichtes Unterfangen. Es ist keine leichte Aufgabe für diejenigen, die in Irland geboren sind und dort leben; es ist auch […]
July 6, 2019

Ordination to the Priesthood of Br. Mathew Farrell

ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD of Brother Mathew Farrell of the Order of Preachers Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ——————————————– Church of Saint Saviour, 6th July 2019   Introduction              This afternoon is a moment of great joy for you Brother Matthew and for your family […]
June 29, 2019

Jean Vanier Celebration

JEAN VANIER CELEBRATION Reflection of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin The Riasc Centre, Drynam Swords, 29 June 2019   Jean Vanier’s reflections on the Beatitudes are not just a poetic paraphrase or a commentary on the Beatitudes.  His description of the Beatitudes is something that springs from and can only be understood […]
June 27, 2019

Statement on the retirement of Bishop Ray Field

    STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN ON THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE RESIGNATION OF BISHOP RAYMOND FIELD AS AUXILIARY BISHOP OF DUBLIN Press Release Thursday, June 27th 2019   “On reaching his 75 birthday on 24 May last, Bishop Raymond Field offered his resignation from the office […]
June 23, 2019

Our Lady of Victories Golden Jubliee

  Feast of Corpus Christi 2019 GOLDEN JUBILEE OF THE CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF VICTORIES Ballymun Road Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin   Church of Our Lady of Victories, 23 June 2019   We gather to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of this Church of Our […]
June 16, 2019

Divine Word Ordinations

Trinity Sunday 2019 PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF YANBO CHEN AND GERHARD OSTHUES Of the Society of Divine Word Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ————————– Church of   the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Huntstown, 16 June 2019 “We join in the joy of the Irish and British […]
June 3, 2019

Statement on recurring violence in Dublin

      “On many recent occasions, I have expressed my concern and horror at the level of violence that has affected life in Dublin in recent years.  I have spoken about the tragedy of knife violence especially among young people.   I have spoken about violence fostered by the revolting business of […]
June 3, 2019

Feast of Saint Kevin

 FEAST OF SAINT KEVIN 2019   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro Cathedral 3 June 2019   ” We celebrate the Feast of Saint Kevin who is one of two principal patrons of the Archdiocese of Dublin.  This feast offers us an opportunity to reflect […]
June 1, 2019

Muslim Sisters of Eire, IFTAR Gathering

  FINDING UNITY AFTER TRAGEDY:  REFLECTIONS ON CHRISTCHURCH AND SRI LANKA Words of Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, at the  Muslim Sisters of Eire, IFTAR Gathering * Hilton Hotel, Dublin, 1st June 2019   “Just over one month ago, on the Sunday following the Sri Lankan tragedy, I concluded my […]
May 19, 2019

Ministry Sunday

Fifth Sunday of Easter 2019 MINISTRY SUNDAY 2019   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin 19th May 2019   “The Gospel reading we have just heard speaks to us about the glorification of Jesus.  Jesus attains his glory through his passion, death […]
April 28, 2019

Mass with the Sri Lankan Community

Second Sunday of Easter 2019   MASS WITH THE SRI LANKAN COMMUNITY Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 28 April 2019   INTRODUCTION In the Catholic tradition, we celebrate today as the Second Sunday of Easter, one week after the celebration of the […]
April 20, 2019

Easter Homily

  EASTER VIGIL 2019   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, Saturday,  20 April 2019     “On Good Friday afternoon, the liturgy left us with a sense of darkness.  Jesus, the just man, had allowed himself to fall into the hands […]
April 20, 2019

Way of the Cross Reflections

  WAY OF THE CROSS 2019 Through Phoenix Park Dublin  Elements for reflections of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin Good Friday, 19 April 2019   FIRST REFLECTION “We set out to recall and accompany Jesus on this final journey, as he prepares to give his life so that […]
April 18, 2019

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Holy Thursday 2019 MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER Homily Notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin ———————————————————- Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 18 April 2019 We celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  We remember the moment when Jesus instituted both the Eucharist and the ministry of the priesthood in his […]
April 18, 2019

Holy Thursday Chrism Mass

CHRISM MASS 2019  Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin,  Archbishop of Dublin ———————————————– Pro-Cathedral Dublin, 18th April 2019   “I would like first of all to take this opportunity to express our congratulations and prayers to Father Fintan Gavin as he takes on his new ministry as Bishop of […]
April 17, 2019

Pope Appoints Dublin Priest Bishop of Cork & Ross

Archbishop Martin congratulates Dublin priest appointed by Pope Francis as Bishop of Cork & Ross   The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin has extended warm congratulations to Fr. Fintan Gavin, whom Pope Francis today announced as the next Bishop of Cork and Ross. Archbishop Martin said that Fr. Gavin, currently […]
April 17, 2019

Congratulations to Fr. Fintan Gavin

Archbishop Martin congratulates Dublin priest appointed by Pope Francis as Bishop of Cork & Ross The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin has extended warm congratulations to Fr. Fintan Gavin, whom Pope Francis today announced as the next Bishop of Cork and Ross. Archbishop Martin said that Fr. Gavin, currently Chancellor […]
April 13, 2019

175th Anniversary of St. Vincent de Paul

175 Anniversary of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul  MASS OF THANKSGIVING Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Dublin Convention Centre, 13 April 2019   “I have a feeling that the Saint whose name comes up most regularly in our day-to-day conversation is Saint Vincent […]
March 31, 2019

Mothering Sunday with the African Chaplaincy

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2019 CELEBRATION OF MOTHERING SUNDAY WITH THE AFRICAN CHAPLAINCY IN DUBLIN DIOCESE Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Finian, Rivervalley, Swords 31 March 2019 INTRODUCTION ​We come to celebrate mothering Sunday.  We come as the African Catholic Chaplaincy in […]
March 19, 2019

The Church of the Future

      175th  Anniversary of Saint Michael’s Church, Pery Square, Limerick     THE CHURCH OF THE FUTURE   Lecture notes of   Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Saint Michael’s Church of Ireland, Limerick, 19 March 2019     “I am delighted to be here to celebrate the […]
March 17, 2019

Service of Reflection on Christchurch Shootings

   SERVICE OF SILENCE AND PRAYERFUL REFLECTION ON THE CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUE SHOOTINGS Words of  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin     Pro-Cathedral Dublin, 17 March 2019   I felt that it would somehow be incongruous to hold our regular joyful celebration of the Feast of Saint Patrick here in the Pro-Cathedral, without […]
March 15, 2019

Statement on Christchurch shootings

  STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN ON CHRISTCHURCH SHOOTINGS   Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has expressed his shock at the horrific shootings at two Mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15th March. He has asked that prayers be said at all Masses in the Archdiocese of Dublin on Sunday 17th March, […]
March 12, 2019

Trócaire Lecture at the service of Justice and Peace

Trócaire Lecture 2019 AT THE SERVICE OF JUSTICE AND PEACE Speaking notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth   “I want to present some personal reflections, arising from my own experience, on the nature of Catholic Social Teaching, on its evolution in recent times and […]
March 9, 2019

Bonnybrook Church Reopens

    First Sunday of Lent 2019   REFURBISHMENT OF THE CHURCH OF SAINT JOSEPH THE ARTISAN BONNYBROOK AND DEDICATION OF THE NEW ALTAR   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin – Church of Saint Joseph the Artisan, Bonnybrook, 6pm 9 March 2019     “New […]
March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday 2019

   ASH WEDNESDAY 2019 Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin University College Dublin, 6 March 2019   The Rector of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York told me recently that they expect tens of thousands of people to come to their Cathedral today for blessed ashes. […]
February 23, 2019

Divine Mercy Conference

  DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE 2019   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin RDS Dublin, 23 February 2019 February 2013     “The Gospel narrative of the Transfiguration is unique.  We find Jesus in a lonely place on a high mountain.   Now to our surprise and the […]
February 10, 2019

World Day of the Sick

  WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2019 Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Corpus Christi Parish Church, Drumcondra 10 February 2019     INTRODUCTION  We gather as a community to celebrate the Church’s World Day of the Sick.  We gather not as experts and professionals.  Yes, some […]
February 4, 2019

Visit to Kilmore Road Parish

  Fourth Sunday of the Year 2019   VISIT TO THE PARISH OF SAINT LUKE, KILMORE ROAD   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Church of Saint Luke Kilmore Road, 3 February 2019       The scene of today’s Gospel reading is the same as the Gospel […]
February 4, 2019

Day for Consecrated Life

DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE 2019 Homily Notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin , Archbishop of Dublin Church of the Guardian Angels, Newtownpark Avenue, 2nd February 2019     The Christian community lives waiting in joyful hope.  In our Gospel reading we noted how as Jesus enters into the Temple he is […]
February 4, 2019

Stanhope St. Convent 200th Anniversary

   STANHOPE STREET CONVENT 1819 TO 2019   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin,  Archbishop of Dublin   Church of the Holy Family Aughrim Street, 2 February 2019 “I have a fascination with the history of Dublin and today’s celebration for the 200th anniversary of the opening of Stanhope Street […]
February 4, 2019

Service of Commemoration & Hope

 National Family Support Network  SERVICE OF COMMEMORATION AND HOPE  Words of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin   Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean Mc Dermott Street 1st February 2019     “This is a parish where so many people  give their time and energy in building up this community, […]
February 4, 2019

Mass with “Centesimus Annus” Foundation

    MASS AT THE LONDON MEETING OF THE FOUNDATION  “CENTESIMUS ANNUS”  Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Notre Dame University in England, 1 February 2019     “In 1987, the then Pontifical Commission “Iustitia et Pax” published a document on the International Debt Question as a Church […]
January 27, 2019

Panama in Dublin

Third Sunday of the Year 2019 PANAMA IN DUBLIN Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Emmaus Conference Centre, 27 January 2019     “World Youth Day is not just an event in a faraway country to which only a few young people can travel.  It is […]
January 1, 2019

World Day of Peace 2019

  WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2019   Homily notes of   Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Merrion Road, 1 January 2019   “Political office and political responsibility constantly challenge those called to the service of their country to make every effort to protect […]
December 24, 2018

Christmas Homily 2018

CHRISTMAS NIGHT 2018 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin  Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, 24th December 2018     “I was struck by the headline in a Dublin newspaper yesterday that read, “A nation yearns for meaning at Christmas”.    It noted that 86% of Irish people, questioned in a […]
November 14, 2018

Feast of St. Laurence O’ Toole

FEAST OF SAINT LAURENCE O’TOOLE 2018   Homily notes of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 14th November 2018     “We all know about Saint Laurence O’Toole and yet we perhaps we know too little about him.    He and Saint Oliver Plunket are the only Irish-born Saints formally […]
November 10, 2018

Mass for Deceased Priests

  MASS FOR DECEASED PRIESTS 2018 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin Pro-Cathedral, 10 November 2018   “The Church is fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is interesting that in each of the great Creeds of our Christian faith, the reference to the Church comes in the section […]
October 27, 2018

National Child Safeguarding Conference

  National Child Safeguarding Conference   BE NOT AFRAID Address of  Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin,   Archbishop of Dublin,  Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny, October 27th 2018     “Ireland is a country in constant change.  No one would deny that Irish religious culture is not exempt from that change. This Conference and our […]
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 […]
December 24, 2017

Christmas Homily

CHRISTMAS NIGHT 2017 Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral, 24th December 2017   “The story of the birth of Jesus is familiar right across the Christian world and beyond.  It is the story of “a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger” […]
December 18, 2017

Third Sunday of Advent, Bawnogue Church

Third Sunday of Advent 2017 MASS TO CELEBRATE THE REFURBISHMENT OF THE CHURCH OF THE TRANSFIGURATION, BAWNOGUE Homily notes of Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin Archbishop of Dublin —————— Church of the Transfiguration, Bawnogue, 17th December 2017 Once again in today’s Gospel we encounter the extraordinary figure of John the Baptist. […]