Broc’s Blog

In his poem Begin, Brendan Kennelly concludes:


‘Though we live in a world that dreams of ending

That always seems about to give in

Something that will not acknowledge conclusion

Insists that we forever begin’.


Just over a year ago, Pope Francis announced his intention to hold an extraordinary meeting of the Synod of Bishops on ‘Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation’. A Synod of the Church is a process of seeking discernment. In his homily at the opening Mass, Pope Francis said, “Synod assemblies are not meant to discuss beautiful and clever ideas.... They are meant ........ tohelp realise God’s dream, his loving plan for his people. In this case the Lord is asking us to care for the family, which has been from the beginning an integral part of his loving plan.” He went on to say“We can thwart God’s dream if we fail to let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit.”

“The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.” Mt. 13:24.


I come to Donnybrook in faith.  The Lord has planted me in the fertile soil of the Parish of the Sacred Heart. It is good to be reminded by the Gospel at the beginning of my ministry in Donnybrook, of the Lord who does the sowing, of the Word of God that is sown, the one who gives the increase and of his judgement.

I pray that in my ministry here I will serveyou, the people of the parish, help to nurturethe Word that God has planted in all our hearts and that together, in the joy of the Gospel we will serve the coming of His Kingdom of love, justice and peace. I am very mindful of those who served here before me, Bishop Kevin and the late Fr. Martin and the plans you are making for the future. I am very pleased to be working with Fr. Conor Harper whom I have known for many years and grateful for the assistance of Mgr. Sherry and Fr. John Boyers and Fr. Conor’s Jesuit colleagues. These are challenging times for faith and for mission. They are God’s times,times of great opportunity for Christ and for his Gospel. Christ is the yeast the Father has mixed in with our three measures of flour,ourselves, our families and communities and our society. Together in Christ we will discover the face of God, worship God and serve God.


Mgr Lorcan O’Brien