Schools’ Services of Harvest Thanksgiving

Blessed are the pure in heart!

This week yKEA hosted two Schools’ Services of Harvest Thanksgiving. The first took place in Kilmore Cathedral and was attended by 450 pupils from national schools across the Diocese. The second service took place in Sligo Cathedral and was attended by more than 200 school children from the Dioceses of Elphin and Ardagh.

The yKEA team were joined by members of Crown Jesus Ministries for a service of songs, stories and puppets! In a riotous, musical performance, Crown Jesus ministries reminded us that we are to be people who are filled with humility and unselfish people who are pure in heart. A big challenge for Harvest time but a wonderful challenge as we remembered God’s love and goodness to us!

Damian Shorten appointed as KEA Diocesan Youth and Children’s Co-ordinator

This Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh has appointed Damian Shorten as the new Diocesan Youth and Children’s Co-ordinator for Elphin and Ardagh. The aim of this role is to support individual Parish groups and other Diocesan organisations as they nurture and foster Christian faith development in children and young people in the Diocese.

Talking about Damian’s appointment Bishop Ferran writes, “ Since we learned that Marian Edwards was leaving her role as one of our children and youth coordinators to take up a new position in Ballina over the summer, we have been praying and searching for someone to fill her shoes. I am delighted that Damian Shorten is to take up the role. Damian will continue to be the part-time lay pastor for the Riverstown Group of parishes and combine it with covering the Ardagh part of the diocese, working with schools and training and encouraging Sunday school leaders and Youth Leaders. Damian is well qualified for the role and I believe he is an answer to our prayers .”

Damian says: ‘I am delighted to have been given this opportunity of wider ministry in the Dioceses of Elphin & Ardagh. I look forward to working with leaders in our parishes, both ordained and lay, along with teachers, to encourage and support them in their vital work with the children and young people they have contact with. In all this, it is my hope that more and more children and teenagers come to trust in and live for the true God revealed in Jesus Christ, whom to know is eternal life and whom to serve is perfect freedom. Please do pray for me, my wife Amy, and son Arthur as we adjust to this new venture, and for the Spirit’s enabling to do it to God’s glory.’

We thank God for the valuable role that Damian will play in supporting youth and children’s ministry in Kilmore and Elphin and Ardagh and we pray that God will bless this ministry and build His Kingdom throughout our diocese.

Job Advert: Youth and Children’s Officer

The Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh

Youth and Children’s Officer

A Diocese seeking to be Christ-Centred, Character Building, Community Transforming

The Bishop of Kilmore wishes to appoint a Diocesan Youth and Children’s Coordinators based in Longford town in the Eastern area of the diocese.

Key Tasks

  • To nurture and foster Christian faith development in children and young people.
  • To train, support and encourage youth and children’s leaders and volunteers.
  • To build relationships with clergy and youth and children’s leaders in order to discern individual Parish group needs.
  • To work with the Diocesan Youth Council and Children’s Ministry Network Co-Ordinator to pioneer Diocesan events.
  • To develop schools work in National Schools throughout the diocese.

For further information please contact

Mrs Sarah Taylor (Diocesan Administrator)


By email to request an application pack.

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 8th June 2018

CIYD Day of Prayer for Young People

The Church of Ireland Youth Department are holding a Day of Prayer for Young People and Youth Ministry on Sunday the 11th February. Parishes across the island will be organising events and services to pray for the needs of young people and for the you the leaders and ministries that serve them.

» Click HERE for resources to help you organise these events.



SPEAKERS: Tash Creaney 24/7 Prayer



COST: €50 Includes all meals (good food in abundance), luxury accommodation, use of spa, gym, swimming pool, sauna, etc… TOO GOOD TO MISS!

» Click here to download PDF Flyer & Form

KEA CLANN: Youth Internships

At yKEA we are now recruiting for youth internships across the diocese. Clann is the Irish word for family and we are seeking to grow our yKEA family. Our internships are an opportunity to grow as a disciple in Christ’s clann, to lead youth work in a local parish clann and to facilitate ministry across our yKEA Clann. If you’re interested in taking a year out to build God’s kingdom in rural Ireland, then KEA Clann might be for you…

Equipping you to live as a disciple of Christ. Interns will meet together weekly for teaching and training. Additionally there will be one residential weekend per term for interns. You will also be mentored, coached and invested in by local church leaders.

Empowering you to lead youth ministry within a local parish placement in rural Ireland; planning programs, schools work, training and support for volunteers etc.

Releasing you to serve and lead across the diocese and further afield. Interns will work together to deliver diocesan events and participate in summer programs. There will also be the opportunity to go on an overseas mission trip (optional and self funded).

Who? The internship is open to young adults aged 18-30 who have made a commitment to follow Christ and are passionate about youth ministry.

Where? Interns are assigned a placement church within the Dioceses of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh.

Costs? The parish placement church provides interns with accommodation and work expenses ie travel, program budget. Interns also receive a small monthly allowance from yKEA toward living costs. Additionally we suggest that interns seek some monthly financial support from their home church. The optional overseas mission trip is self funded but this can include fundraising at home or during placement.

How do I apply? Download and complete the KEA Clann application form: KEA CLANN APPLICATION FORM  or contact Hannah for an application pack (see below). Upon completion of an application there is then an interview process and we endeavour to contact applicants about the outcome as soon as possible. Those who are accepted onto the internship are expected to complete the Church of Ireland Safeguarding Trust training and be garda vetted before beginning their placement.

For more info about KEA Clann please contact Hannah O’Neill (Diocesan Youth and Children’s Co-ordinator)
PHONE Ireland: 0874584667 UK: 07999657000 OR EMAIL

To equip God’s people to do His work and build up the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:12

Thy Kingdom Come

yKea, the Youth organisation of the Diocese of Kilmore, Elpin and Ardagh are currently on a week long prayer road trip around the Diocese. The initiative is a response to Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby’s invitation to Christians across the world to pray between Ancension Day and Pentecost. “In praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities” – Archbiship Justin Welby.

yKEA have been out and about doing prayer walks, school assemblies, meeting with and praying for church leaders and gathering people to pray.

‘In doing this road trip we’ve had a desire to provide opportunities for churches across backgrounds to unite in prayer. We’ve been really encouraged by people’s responses to prayer and are expectant for what fruit God will continue to produce from these partnerships. We have a longing to seek God’s face and ask Him to pour out His Spirit on our land once again. Everywhere we go we ask God to bless the places, churches and the people of the towns and villages across the diocese’ says Hannah O’Neill, who along with Marian Edwards have spearheaded this initiative.


Join the yKEA team at any of the remaining prayer and worship events in the diocese. They take place each evening at 8pm:


  • Thursday 1 June – Core, Roscommon
  • Friday 2 June – Calry Parish, Sligo


To finish there are two nationwide beacon events organised by 24-7 Prayer Ireland:


  • Saturday 3 June, St Anne’s Cathedral Belfast, 7.30pm
  • Sunday 4 June, St Catherine’s Church Dublin, 7.30pm


Please do come along to these events, which are open to everyone of all ages throughout the diocese. Prayer works and as we unite in prayer we will see God move in our churches and in our land.


To find out more about the global wave of prayer visit: