Preparations for the Ordination of Fr Niall Coll as Bishop of Ossory

The Diocese of Ossory is finalising preparations for the Ordination of Fr Niall Coll as the Bishop of Ossory,
In assuming that role Bishop Niall will be also Patron of St Kieran’s College as the Diocesan College, a proud honour for a man who has given a lifetime of service to education. As Patron to the College he is very much aware that he is now journeying with Ireland’s Oldest Catholic Secondary School – a College with a proud and rich tradition. 

For some weeks now, since the announcement on  28th October that Pope Francis had appointed Fr Niall as the next Bishop of Ossory, many in the Diocese have been working hard to prepare for the celebrations which will take place on this coming Sunday.  

Prayers have been said in all churches throughout the Diocese in these past weeks and prayer cards were distributed at Masses so that the people of the Diocese could accompany Fr Niall in his preparations. Resource packs were prepared for both primary and secondary schools to help the students there be part of the preparations and to take this opportunity to teach them about their local church, the role of a Bishop and our own roles as Baptised members of the faith! 
On Friday evening 20th January at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Cathedral the faithful of the Diocese will gather to celebrate an evening prayer with Fr Niall. During this simple ceremony the symbols of his office will be blessed: the pectoral cross, the ring and his pastoral staff.  The Cathedral and Diocesan Choir will lead the music at this beautiful ceremony. 
On Sunday 22nd at 3pm over 800 people will gather in St Mary’s Cathedral for the Ordination ceremony.  The Principal celebrant will be Archbishop Dermot Farrell of Dublin and the co-consecrators will be Bishop Denis Nulty Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin who for these past two years sewred also as Apostolic Administrator of Ossory and Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ of Raphoe Diocese, Fr Niall’s home Diocese. 
The ceremony will be live streamed on the St Mary’s Cathedral website – We hold Bishop-elect Niall in our prayers.  

Key Dates

Key Dates (Academic Year 2023/2024)

Please note: It may be necessary to reschedule some of the below times and dates. Please check the school website throughout the year for confirmation of the most up to date information.

Thursday 24th
6th year students return at 8:50
Friday 25th
3rd year students return 8:50am/ 1st Year Induction at 11am
Monday 28th
2nd year, 5th year and TY students return to school at 8:50am
Monday 25th
School Closed
Thursday 26th (4:15-6:45pm)
6th Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Friday 27th
Mid-Term Break Begins @ 1pm
Monday 6th
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursday 16th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
3rd Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Thursday 23rd (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
5th Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Friday 24th
Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
Monday 27th
Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
Friday 22nd
Christmas Holidays Begin @ 1pm
Monday 8th
School Reopens after Christmas Holidays
Thursday 18th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
1st Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Monday 22nd
Staff Training Day (No School for Students)
Thursday 25th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
2nd Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Monday 29th (Jan) - Friday 9th (Feb)
Mock Examinations for JC & LC
Monday 5th
St Brigid's Day (School Closed)
Friday 9th
Mid -Term Break Begins @ 1pm
Monday 19th
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursday 22nd (4:15-6:45pm)
TY P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Friday 1st
St Kieran's Day Activities
Monday 18th
School Closed
Friday 22nd
Easter Holidays Begin @ 1pm
Monday 8th
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Monday 6th
School Closed (Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 7th
School Closed
Wednesday 5th
Junior & Leaving cert exams start

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