Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross, Ireland

Fifty people from around our diocese gathered in the Visitors’ Centre of The Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne to celebrate Alpha as a way of nourishing our own faith and sharing our faith with others

It was a great opportunity to support each other, to pray in thanksgiving for the blessings of the last year, and to begin looking at the next steps for Alpha in Parishes and Families of Parishes.

Theresa Cronin spoke on the theme of 'Made for Mission.' The commission to go and make disciples doesn't just belong to priests and religious. We are all made for mission. Each of us has a particular role in God’s plan of bringing the Good News to everyone.

Bishop Fintan witnessed to his own experience of attending Alpha and spoke of the important role of Alpha Teams in the diocese now and into the future.

Bishop Fintan speaking about his own experience of AlphaBishop Fintan speaking about his own experience of Alpha

The Office for Mission and Ministry will be providing ongoing training and support for Parishes and Families of Parishes who wish to run Alpha from September.

Please contact us if you wish to join our Alpha mailing list.

Paul Ryan with family and clergy at Kinsale ChurchPaul Ryan with family and clergy at Kinsale Church

Timoleague parishioner prepares for ordination as permanent deacon.

Paul Ryan from Clogagh in Timoleague Parish was formally launched on the path to ordination as a deacon in a ceremony in Kinsale Parish Church recently.

Bishop Fintan Gavin acknowledged Paul's suitability for ordination in the presence of Paul's wife Bríd, their daughter Anne and son Tomás, who was accompanied by his partner Emma Murphy from Newcestown.

Parishioners of Kinsale, among whom Paul has been engaged in pastoral work over the last while, prayed that Paul's path to ordination would be smooth, in a ceremony during the parish's 12 noon Mass on Pentecost Sunday, 19 May.

There are already three permanent deacons ministering in the Diocese of Cork and Ross. 

Learn about Deacons in our Diocese

Parishioners from the parishes in the family of parishes around Clonakilty have attended a joint formation evening for Ministers of the Eucharist.

It follows a recent invitation in the parishes for people to volunteer to serve as Ministers of the Eucharist in the parishes of Ardfield and Rathbarry, Clonakilty, Kilmeen and Timoleague.

The formation evening was presented by Lorraine Buckley, Faith Development Coordinator in the Office for Mission and MInistry of the diocese and it was held in the Parish Centre in Clonakilty.

The gathering of over 55 people included almost 30 new people who have committed to this ministry in their parishes and the event was also attended by many of the currently serving Ministers of the Eucharist.

It is planned that the new Ministers will be commissioned and begin their ministry in the family of parishes in the coming weeks.

Ministers of the Eucharist attend formation in ClonakiltyMinisters of the Eucharist attend formation in Clonakilty


the CONNECT event in Cork for young adultsthe CONNECT event in Cork for young adults

Over one hundred and twenty young people gathered at the Presentation Brothers' Mardyke House in Cork City on Thursday evening for a summer BBQ and celebration of their faith

This is the sixth CONNECT youth gathering organised by the Diocese of Cork and Ross. Young adults came from the four corners of the diocese, from many of the different youth groups, parishes and international communities to connect with one another. 

The young people organised a surprise presentation which was made to Bishop Fintan Gavin to mark the occasion of his thirty-three years of priesthood. 

Speaking the event, Bishop Gavin said: "it is not easy to be a young person today, and also to be a young person of faith, but by gathering together we support and encourage one another."

The Presentation Family in Cork celebrated the first profession of a new Brother on June 1st

Antony Sahayampillai (28), a native of Sri Lanka, has been studying in Ireland for the past three years.

The Mass of Religious Profession was celebrated by Bishop Fintan Gavin in the beautiful and historic church of St. Finbarr’s South. It was attended by a large number of people, including many young people involved in youth ministry and the various faith movements in the Diocese of Cork & Ross.

Br. Antony’s vows were received by Br. Barry Noel, Congregation Leader of the Presentation Brothers.

In his homily, Bishop Fintan said that in answering the God’s call, Antony is inspired by a deep faith in Jesus, a faith which was first nurtured in the context of his own parents and family.

Antony Sahayampillai celebrates his First Profession as Presentation BrotherAntony Sahayampillai celebrates his First Profession as Presentation Brother