Bishop John Kirby

Bishop John Kirby

Bishop John Kirby was born in October 1938 and educated at a local convent national school, Dean Kelly Memorial School, St Joseph's College, Ballinsalsoe and St Patrick’s College Maynooth.

After his ordination in 1963 for the diocese of Clonfert he taught mathematics and religion in St Joseph's College, Ballinasloe until he was appointed principal in 1979. He was also a curate in two parishes.

He succeeded Bishop Cassidy as Bishop of Clonfert in April 1988 and was appointed chair of the Trócaire Board in June 1993. He is a member of Episcopal Commission for Social Issues and International Affairs, a member of the Council for Justice and Peace (Justice and Peace Ireland) and a member of the Council for Emigrants.

Title of event The Eucharist - A Project of Global Solidarity
Description of event Panel discussion

Solidarity with the poor is closely associated with the celebration of the Eucharist.  In the words of Blessed John Paul II, “the Eucharist is not merely an expression of communion in the Church’s life; it is also a project of solidarity for all humanity”. 

This presentation will feature personal testimonies from Trócaire project partners Ms Flora Aling, Uganda, Mons. Héctor Fabio, Director of Caritas Colombia, Trócaire Chairman Bishop John Kirby, Diocese of Clonfert and Justin Kilcullen, Director of Trócaire, as witnesses to the organisation’s work as “a project of solidarity for all humanity.”

They will speak abput the agency’s work to fight poverty and oppression in some of the world’s poorest countries, supported by the charity of Irish Catholics.
“If we love others with charity then first of all we are just towards them...justice is inseparable from charity” (Pope Benedict XVI). Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga (President of Caritas Internationalis and Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras), will offer a short personal reflection on the theme.
Date of event Thursday 14th June


Translation in Spanish

The Trócaire workshop at IEC2012 featured inputs from Trócaire partners and a reflection from Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga President of Caritas Internationalis.

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