*UPDATE* 16th March 2020
Given the current situation this project has been suspended.
On this World Day of Social Justice we launch our new project to support those who find themselves homeless.
Alongside The Big Cathedral Sleepout, which will support the work of The Peter McVerry Trust we are asking people to put together "Homeless Backpacks", or donate items during Lent that we can use to put these backpacks together.
A list of items can be found below:
Donations can be dropped off (by Friday 27th March) at either of our offices (Monaghan & Enniskillen) please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
A group of young adults from across the Diocese will travel to Dublin with the backpacks and give them to the homeless people they encounter on the streets of the city.
Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th April 2020
@ Saint Macartan's Cathedral, Monaghan
*UPDATE* 16th March 2020
Due to the current situation and public health guidelines this event has been postponed.
We will rescheduled in the future.
Clogher don Óige and young people from across the Diocese will be giving up a night of comfort and sleeping out at Saint Macartan’s Cathedral in Monaghan. They’ll be wrapping up in their winter woollies for a night to raise awareness of homelessness in our society today.
Young people age 15+ are welcome to join us. We will be hearing from Fr. Peter McVerry who works with the homeless in Dublin, find out more about the complex issues surrounding homelessness through simulations and activities, pray for healing for those in need and raise money for this worthy cause.
Participants are asked to undertake fundraising as part of this event.
We will be organising transport for this event from Enniskillen.
Funds raised will support the work of The Peter McVerry Trust and Clogher don Óige.
Once registered participants and parents/guardians will receive an email with further information, including a consent form. A sponsorship card (if requested) will be sent by post.
The Pope John Paul II Award recognises young peoples commitment to faith and community. Making young people visible in their church, community & society.
On November 15th we gathered to celebrate the achievements of the 10th group of young people in the Diocese of Clogher to receive their Pope John Paul II Award.
(L-R): James McLoughlin, Youth Ministry Director, Clogher don Óige; Fr. Leo Creelman, Chairperson & Spiritual Director, Clogher don Óige; Mr. Gerald Harbinson, The Knights of Saint Columbanus; +Bishop Larry Duffy, Bishop of Clogher; Sister Veronica & Sister Rosa, Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal; Mrs. Eileen Gallagher, Diocesan Awarding Committee.
We were pleased to have Sister Veronica and Sister Rosa of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, from Saint Anthony's Convent in Drogheda join us. Also in attendance was Mr. Gerald Harbinson, the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Saint Columbanus. Sister Veronica shared the story of her journey to religious life with and her message to young people was to listen to the voice of the Lord throughout their lives and not to be afraid to go where He leads them.
In total 126 young people from 21 parishes across the diocese achieved their award. Bishop Duffy, in his remarks, expressed hope that the completion of the Award would not see the young people end their involvement in the life of their parish communities. He also commended all of the volunteer Award Leaders who generously give so much in journeying and accompanying the youth in their parishes.
Saturday 19th October
£10/€10 contribution per person. Cheques made payable to 'Clogher don Óige'
Bring a packed lunch.
Lough Derg has a micro-climate all of it's own... prepare for it to be cold and wet.
*Leaders will get young people to contact parents/guardians with a more precise time after departing Lough Derg
Coach Signup: Please tell us where you'll be getting on and off the coach. CLICK HERE
Parental Consent Form HERE, please print, complete and bring with you.
**Please note the change of venue for our Enniskillen evenings.
They will now take place in the Chapel of the Mercy Convent, Belmore Street.
Clogher don Óige will be hosting regular Taizé Prayer Evenings in Saint Joseph's Church, Monaghan and the Convent Chapel, Enniskillen.
A beautiful time of chanted music, prayer and silence. Rooted in the worship of the Taize Community in France. All are welcome.
The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic community in Taizé, Burgundy, France. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who come from about thirty countries across the world.
It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz. The community has become one of the world's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage focusing on youth.
Over 100,000 young people make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. Through the community's ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.
Clogher don Óige have been asked to celebrate Mass in the RTÉ Studios in Dublin on December 8th for live broadcast!! It is a great honour to have been asked and there is a huge amount of work involved, but we have no doubt that there are many young people out there who would like to be involved!
Music for Mass ✅
Practice with RTÉ Production Team ✅
Would you like to be part of the congregation for Mass?
Transport will be provided from central points in the diocese on the morning of Sunday December 8th. We have some spaces left... would you like to join us?
*Due to the size of the studio where the Mass will be said, our numbers are limited. With that in mind we may not be able to facilitate all those who express an interest. If this is the case, people who express an interest will be randomly selected to fill the available spaces.
Consent Forms for Under 18s:
Practical Youth Work & Ministry Skills Course
Autumn Term 2019
Based in Enniskillen & Monaghan
Accredited by OCN NI
Part of Clogher don Óige’s work with young people includes training and equipping them to become young leaders within the organisation to work with, and minister to their peers. We have identified a number of both accredited and other bespoke courses that we offer in order to fulfil this aim. The Practical Youth Work & Ministry Skills (PYMS) course is offered in conjunction with Youth Link NI.
The course will take place on Wednesday afternoons (after school) starting on October 2nd, and in Monaghan over three Saturday sessions. Both groups will come together for a weekend residential November 8th-10th.
Places are limited, get in contact with James for more information: email@example.com
62 young people and leaders from across the diocese spent a wonderful August week in with the Taizé Community in France.
The Taizé community is an ecumenical monastic order with a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation. The 100-strong community of Roman Catholic and Protestant monks is drawn from 30 countries across the world.
Today Taizé is one of the world's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage. Each year tens of thousands of young pilgrims flock to the small village of Taizé in central France to share in the community's way of life.
Prayer and silence are at the heart of the Taizé experience. Young people from every corner of the globe are encouraged to live out the Christian gospel in a spirit of joy, simplicity and reconciliation.
Along with 3,500 young people from across Europe and further afield (we were there for the week with the highest attendance this year!) our CdÓ teens attended daily small group bible study, joined with the Taizé Brothers three times a day for prayer, Mass, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and spent time together reflecting and journaling on their Taizé experience... simple living, stepping away from the regular routine of life, times of silence, less access to technology.
Check out all our photos here.