Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Bishop of Kilmore diocese, has presented certificates to 42 people who undertook a three-year study of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
A total of 11 people received a Certificate in Studies of the Catechism through the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham while the others received a diocesan certificate of attendance for having undertaken a personal study of the Catechism under the auspices of the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre. The course was delivered in two centres in the diocese, Manorhamilton in Co. Leitrim and the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Cavan town. The participants came from 18 parishes across the Diocese of Kilmore and one from the Diocese of Meath.
The presentation ceremony, which took place in the Conaty Chapel of the Kilmore Diocesan Pastoral Centre, was attended by many of the participants as well as those who facilitated the course.
Mr Seán Coll, Director of the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, welcomed all present and offered his congratulations to those who had successfully completed the course. Father Ultan McGoohan, Diocesan Director of Pastoral Studies, celebrated a short Liturgy of the Word before Bishop O’Reilly presented the certificates to the course participants.
In his address Bishop O’Reilly congratulated the participants on their achievement. He said that the Catechism was a wonderful treasury of wisdom and spirituality as well as providing the reliable reference point for understanding and appreciating the Catholic faith. He commended the participants for undertaking the course with such diligence and enthusiasm.
Participants in the course studied six core aspects of the Catechism: Faith & Revelation; the Creed: God the Father; The Creed: God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; Liturgy & the Sacraments; Introduction to Morality; The Ten Commandments; and Prayer.
Bishop O’Reilly also paid tribute to those who facilitated the course over the three years in both study centres as well as the team from the Diocesan Pastoral Centre who provided administrative and logistical support. Bishop O’Reilly also thanked the staff of the Maryvale Institute for supporting the participants who undertook the formal study of the Catechism.
Photo caption: Pictured are some of those who received certificates. Front row seated (left to right): Sr. Maureen Kelly MSHR (Course Facilitator), Father Ultan McGoohan, Diocesan Director of Pastoral Services, Father Eamonn Bredin (Course Facilitator), Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Bishop of Kilmore and Father Michael Router (Course Facilitator).