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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Appeal goes out for vocations

Published 19/07/2014 | 12:00

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Bishop Kevin Doran speaking at his ordination at Sligo Cathedral.

The new Bishop is calling on parishoners to help develop a 'new strategy' for the promotion of vocations.

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He said that he is challenging the Diocese to help find suitable people.

"Will you find one suitable candidate for priesthood in each deanery between now and Easter and invite him to contact me or one of the members of the vocations team," he said.

"I'm not setting targets for myself or anybody in a rigid sense, but it would be interesting to see within a year.

"However within a year, the onus would be on me to have established a new vocations commission and to have put in place new structures to support people in growing in faith," he told journalists ahead of his ordination ceremony.

It was the same day that Pope Francis promised solutions to the celibacy issue.

When asked about this, Bishop Doran said that he had great confidence in Pope Francis and his intuitive sense of the need to address issues.

"He addressed difficult issues, he doesn't beat around the bush, but as I haven't seen what he said today, I wouldn't like to comment further."

He was asked whether he feared that the church and state will collide next year on the same sex referendum.

"I think that we have to all speak the truth and I suppose there is a limit to an extent to which people will agree on things.

"I think from the point of view of the church and my personal view, we have to respect the nature of marriage and any form of legislation which seeks to change the nature of marriage undermines those who have already made that commitment.

"I would hope that there won't be a collision, but common sense says that we will not agree on everything."

The new Bishop said that he is settling well into his new home. "I am ready to work," he added.

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