Kilmore Diocesan Confirmation Day

Kilmore’s first Diocesan Confirmation Day was held on Saturday 9th November 2019 in Killeshandra Church Hall, Co. Cavan. A group of nearly 40 young people (along with clergy and leaders) who are preparing for confirmation at this time joined together to get to know one another and be encouraged in this big step in their journey of faith.

Simon Henry, National Youth Officer of the Church of Ireland Youth Department, was our speaker for three sessions. He spoke to the confirmands about the importance of Confirmation as a public and personal taking on of the promises of their baptism – sharing his own testimony of God in his life growing up in the Church of Ireland. He also shared about prayer and the Bible in an inspiring but also practical way, and concluded by encouraging the teenagers to play their part in the Church, not just before, but after their confirmations. We concluded with a time of worship as we considered our need for the help of the Holy Spirit to believe in and follow Christ each day. The sessions were interspersed with games and breaks, which all helped everyone to relax and get to know each other.

Thank you to Simon and all those who made the day possible, including those who brought the young people and Canon Alison Calvin & Killeshandra Parish for the use of their wonderful hall. A similar day aimed at those in the Elphin & Ardagh part of the diocese, with Simon again as the speaker, will take place on Saturday 7th March 2020 in the Cooper Memorial Hall, Riverstown.

We pray for all young people who are considering or preparing for Confirmation. Make ready their hearts and minds and bring them to a true and lasting faith in you. By the power of your Holy Spirit, help them to live out their confirmation declarations and promises for the rest of their lives, keeping their eyes firmly fixed upon you. Amen. (prayer from CIYD’s ‘Praying for Young People & Youth Ministry’ booklet)


School’s Services of Harvest Thanksgiving

This week yKea has hosted, not two as in previous years, but three School’s Services of Harvest Thanksgiving. Cavan Parish church hosted pupils attending national school in Kilmore, St John’s Cathedral, Sligo hosted pupils and teachers in Elphin and St John’s Church Longford hosted schools in Ardagh. It is wonderful to see how these services have grown in a few years.

This year Damien Shorten was joined by Erin Moorcroft (our CMS Australia mission partner) and Alan Williamson (Church Army Evangelist with the Drumcliffe Centre for Mission) for a fantastically fun-filled service which saw Bishop Ferran do battle with a mysterious caped superhero armed with a super soaker. Within all the laughter, music and a little splashing all those who attended were with left with a strong message that Jesus is a mighty rescuer who conquered death and paid the price for our sins to bring us to God.


Job Post: Diocesan Youth and Children’s Worker

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

The Bishop is seeking someone who:

  • has an infectious love for the Lord and his people
  • is committed to biblical faith and orthodoxy
  • has an ability to teach the faith
  • is teachable and has a servant heart
  • is mission minded
  • relates easily to others
  • is a team player
  • is resilient
  • will be a loyal and active member of the Diocesan team.

In turn the Diocese will undertake to:

  • support the Youth and Children’s co-ordinator
  • integrate the coordinator into the Diocesan Family
  • allow for further training and development
  • assist the coordinator to develop their gifts

Applications will close at 4pm on Friday 7th June 2019. They should be submitted by email to or be received by post to Kilmore, Elphin & Ardagh Diocesan Office, 20A Market Street, Cootehill, Co. Cavan.

Should you require further information regarding the post please contact:

Mr Alan Williamson,
Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh Diocesan Youth Council.
Tel: 089 2554664

Summer Madness 28th June – 2nd July

28th June-2nd July 2019. Glenarm Estate, Co Antrim. Cost: €100

Bookings are now open for this year’s Summer Madness festival. Summer Madness is a festival for young people, where you’ll hear brilliant biblical teaching, have space to encounter God and grow in your relationship with Him. Young people from across Ireland, across backgrounds and church denominations will be gathering together at glorious Glenarm to worship, celebrate, learn and grow. If you would like to join the yKEA Diocesan group at this year’s festival you will find all the details you need in the booking form here.

» Click Here to download Booking Form


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.