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Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory


Statement of the Spring 2017 General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

In a statement from the conference held in Maynooth last week that included many serious issues, the JOY BELLS AGAINST RACISM initiative to begin in Waterford Cathedral next Sunday at 11 a.m. was included.

  • “Joy of Bells” initiative, 19 March – expressing solidarity with migrants and refugees

In support of the “Joy of Bells” initiative by Maria Jansson, the Church of Ireland Dean of Waterford Cathedral, and former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, which will express solidarity and respect for migrants and refugees, bishops encouraged parishes to ring church bells on Sunday 19 March (at 11.00 a.m. if possible) so that, in ringing, they proclaim our Christian witness and proclamation of faith, trust, love, reconciliation and joy and that every migrant is welcome!  

 Pope Francis addressed the issue of welcoming migrants in his 2017 message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees.  Pope Francis said,

“I ask everyone to help those who, for various reasons, are forced to live far from their homeland and are separated from their families … Migration affects all continents and is growing into a tragic situation of global proportions.  Not only does this concern those looking for dignified work or better living conditions, but also men and women, the elderly and children, who are forced to leave their homes in the hope of finding safety, peace and security.”

Pope Francis invites us to respond to migration by offering a dignified welcome and by acknowledging that every person is precious; that persons are more important than things and that our worth is measured by the way we treat the life and dignity of human beings, particularly when they are vulnerable like migrants.  Bishops urged that the long delays for asylum seekers living in our direct provision system be addressed as it mitigates against social integration and cohesion.  Bishops asked parishes to continue to extend Christian hospitality to migrants and refugees who have settled here in recent times.”



  1. Dr. Rowan Williams: Former Archbishop of Canterbury
  2. H.E. Mr. Istvan S. Palffy, Ambassador of Hungary to Ireland
  3. City of Sanctuary UK and Ireland
  4. Irish Council of Churches
  5. St. Paul’s within the Walls Episcopal Church, Rome
  6. All Saints’ Anglican Church, Rome
  7. Limerick Diocese C of I
  8. St Chad’s Anglican Church, Fullarton, South Australia
  9. St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore, Co. Waterford
  10. St Patrick’s Methodist Church, Waterford
  11. St. Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen
  12. Irish College, Rome
  13. Cardinal  Tobin, Newark Diocese, US
  14. Cardinal Nichols, Westminster
  15. Caravita  Oratory, Rome
  16. Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford
  17. Notre Dame University, US
  18. Monsignor Thynne, Mulhuddard Parish , Dublin
  19. Balaghadereen Parish, Co. Roscommon
  20. St Mary’s University, London
  21. St. Hohn’s Cathedral Cashel, Co. Tipperary
  22. St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny
  23. St Patrick’s Parish  Dalkey Co. Dublin
  24. Poor Clare Monastery, Ennis, Co. Clare
  25. Church of Ireland Parish Rostrevor
  26. St. Nicholas Collegiate Church, Galway
  27. Blessington, Co. Wicklow
  28. The Redemptorist Order
  29. All Angels Episcopal Church, Miami Beach, Florida
  30. The Grann, Passionist Church, Enniskillen
  31. St Agnes Catholic Church, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  32. St Coleman’s Cathedral, Cobh
  33. Ardcarne Parish, Coothall, Drumboylan, Crossna Co. Roscommon
  34. Carrigaline Union of Parishes Cork.
  35. St Cornelius Catholic Church, Pai Si Tong, Nongkhai, Thailand  
  36. Church of Ireland Theological Institute
  37. St. Mark’s Episcopalian Church, Newpart, Vermont, US
  38. Christ Church, C if I Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway,
  39. St Mary, Catholic Church Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim
  40. C of I Bray and Shankill, Co Wicklow
  41. All Saints Anglican , Mumbles, Wales
  42. Anglican Church Ramsey Isle of Man
  43. St Peter’s C of I Bandon, Co. Cork
  44. Chief Rabbi Lent will read poetry with the Jewish community in the Synagogue in Dublin at 11am, March 19th  on racism and xenophobia
  45. St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
  46. St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia
  47. BSP Bible Study & Prayer Group, Lilongwe, Malawi
  48. St Peter & St Paul Anglican Church, Springs, South Africa
  49. Kwasa Centre Children’s Project, Springs, South Africa
  50. House Churches Alliance, Middle East
  51. Praise & Prayer Centre, Lusaka, Zambia
  52. Archbishop of Dublin Archbishop Michael Jackson
  53. Archbishop of Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin
  54. Archbishop  of Armagh Archbishop Eamon Martin
  55. Archbishop of Armagh Archbishop Richard Clark
  56. The Rt Revd Michael Burrows, Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory
  57. The Rt Revd John Mc Dowell, Bishop of Clougher
  58. St Bartholomew’s Church, Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
  59. Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin
  60. St Brigid’s Church Cabinteely Dublin 18
  61. Church of St Andrew, Westland Row, Dublin.
  62. Tibetan Bells Monkstown Quaker Meeting House, Carrickbrennan Road, Monkstown Co Dublin.
  63. St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  64. Killea Chapel, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford
  65. St Anne’s Church, Shandon, Cork




The ringing of bells from Waterford Cathedral and worldwide is a source of great joy for all of us. 

The voice of justice and mercy resound through belfries across the world and challenge all who hear to listen and to act and to serve.”

 The Most Rev’d Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin