Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross, Ireland

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
Bishop Fintan meets Pope Francis after the Vatican conferenceBishop Fintan meets Pope Francis after the Vatican conference

Nearly 300 delegates representing bishops’ conferences from around the world recently met in Rome to participate in the International Youth Ministry Conference. 

Bishop Fintan Gavin represented the Irish Bishops’ Conference and was among the delegates from 110 countries.

The event was held in preparation for the 2027 World Youth Day (WYD), which is scheduled to take place in Seoul, South Korea.

Pope Francis also addressed the delegates and spent time with them at the conclusion of the conference. 

The Bon Secours Sisters in Cork recently celebrated the bicentenary of the congregation with Mass at which Bishop Fintan Gavin was the principal celbrant.

The congregation was founded in France in 1824 in the years after the French Revolution. 

In his homily at the Mass, Bishop Fintan said that while the first sisters arrived to Dublin in 1861, it was in Cork that the congregation really thrived, and a large religious community and hospital grew.

For over 200 years, women from France, and later from Ireland and the United States, and in more recent times from Peru and The Congo have dedicated their lives as Sisters of Bon Secours because they have been inspired to share the promise of blessedness made by Jesus in the Beatitudes with those who are most in need of hope, light, comfort and love.    

“A bicentenary celebration such as today’s, is a fitting occasion to pay tribute to the countless Sisters of Bon Secours who have left everything and selflessly answered that call of Christ to bring his healing and his compassion into the lives of those who needed it most,” Bishop Fintan said.

At the Mass to mark the Bicentenary of the Bon Secours Sisters(Photo: Gerard McCarthy)At the Mass to mark the Bicentenary of the Bon Secours Sisters(Photo: Gerard McCarthy)