A History of the Diocese of Kerry launched by Bishop Bill Murphy
A publication telling the story of the diocese of Kerry was launched on the 24th October 2005 in Killarney.Titled ‘The Diocese of Kerry –Working in the fields of God’, the full colour 157 page hardback, tells the story of the diocese of Kerry for the first time. The publication was compiled and edited by the diocesan historian and archivist Fr. Kieran O’Shea, Parish Priest of Knocknagoshel. The work unites the Christian communities in the fifty-three parishes with their ancestors in faith right back to the fifth century Christian community with its Bishop, St. Erc. A fitting tribute to the hundreds of thousands of laity, religious and clergy who laboured, often in times of poverty and persecution to keep the Christian faith alive and to build up God’s kingdom in this diocese.
Available in all parishes at a cost of €20 Ex P&P
‘Canaimís’ – A hymnal for the Diocese of Kerry
Bishop Bill Murphy, launched the new diocesan hymnal on Pentecost Sunday, May 2005 in St. Mary’s Cathedral Killarney. It reflects the important role of music in the liturgy and the commitment by this diocese to the ministry of music’. ‘Canaimís’ draws on the rich song traditions of church and culture.
The Director of Music Ministry Mr. Pádraig McIntyre who worked to produce this resource, hopes ‘that ‘Canaimís’ will be a practical aid to those preparing liturgies in parishes and schools’. Its use will help towards a full and more active participation by all in the liturgy. Music and song is something that expresses, nourishes and strengthens our faith. In fact it can unveil a whole dimension of feeling and communicate ideas that words alone cannot.
Lumen – Kerry Diocesan MagazineSummer 2005
The Police Ombudsman, Mrs. Nuala O’ Loan gives a personal interview about her life, career and faith. Bishop Bill Murphy reminds us of the importance of reacghing out to others this Christmas. Sean Sheeh, from Tralee writes on his experience of the permanent Diaconate. St. Mary’s Cathedral gets a facelift on the celebration of its 150 years. The well know MarkÓ Sé talks of his year with the Kerry team. An outline of the Kerry Diocesan Pastoral vision and plan is outlined. The Parish of Waterville / Dromid is featured. The new Diocesan Publication ‘Working in the Fields of God’ is unveiled, for publication in Summer 2005.
Mary Kenny challenges us to ‘Cheer up’. Percy French, engineer, gentleman and distinguished songwriter and the Allihies connection. David Quinn notes the lack of passion on the passion. A new beehive hut in Portmagee. A man with a mission, Rory O’ Sullivan interviews Archbishop Diarmuid Martin the newly appointed Archbishop of Dublin. And much more….
Includes a voyage of discovery, a diocesan visit to Prague and Poland. An up close and personal interview with Gillian O’Sullivan. Eddie Sheehy from Killarney looks at the Parish of Embulbul south of Nairobi. Predominately a Muslim region Eddie and volunteers who joined Fr. Kevin Sullivan to experience parish life first hand. Padraig McIntyre is of the opinion that ‘Liturgy unconnected is irrelevant’. And much more….
Editorial asks the question ‘Are we ready for a post clerical church?’. While bishop Bill Murphy looks forward to a ‘different and more exciting kind of Church emerging’. A beautiful article on the building and progress of the flagship of Kerry – the Jeanie Johnston. The Nano Nagle school in Listowel is featured. Children of the Confirmation classes throughout the diocese tell why and how they picked their confirmation names. A wild satue of St. Brendan is planned for Fenit. Mick Galwey of Currow talks of his passion for the game of Rugby, family and life in Currow. A tribute to the late Fr. Jimmy O’Connell. The Kerry Parents and friends outline their facilities.