Other members of our wider order are engaged in ministry at other locations.
Éire / Ireland
Deoise - Diocese
Diocese of Kilfenora
Deoise Chill Fhionnúrach
St. Fachtnan was said to have founded a church in Kilfenora in the
However it was when the synod of Rathbreasail snubbed the
claims for diocesan status by Kilfenora in 1111 that the O’Connors and
the O’Loughlens came together.
It was their desire to remain aloof of the diocese of Killaloe which
was very much under the patronage of the O’Briens. It was the O’Briens
who had burned Kilfenora Abbey and its inhabitants in 1055.
In a show of determination to press its claims, some of the finest
stonework bequeathed to us from the period, was produced. Seven carved
stone crosses are associated with Kilfenora from this era, all survive
with one removed to St. Flannan’s Cathedral in Killaloe.
The Burren actually had more churches per parish in the thirteenth to
sixteenth centuries than anywhere else in Ireland. Some of its medieval
churches were decorated by a fine school of twelfth century sculptors
specialising in stylised human heads.
Kilfenora Cathedral was a focal point, with its present structure
dating from the late twelfth century.
At the Synod of Kells in 1152
Kilfenora did indeed prevail and win diocesan status and the beautiful
Doorty Cross would seem to commemorate this event.
The Diocesan Seal consists of the Crosier of the HCCI upon which is placed the rose which symbolises Kilfenora - both presented on a red shield.
Easpag - Bishop
Sunday 5th June 2016, the Right Reverend Alistair Bate, Presiding
Bishop of The Holy Celtic Church, did incardinate the Right Reverend Seósamh Ó Riain as Titular Bishop of Cill Fhionúrach (Kilfenora).
The R.R. Seósamh is based in Ireland and will continue with his ministry
which he has established since his ordination in 1999, under the
respectful and all encompassing kindness of The Holy Celtic Church International.
Bishop Seósamh has decided to retain the original design of his coat of arms
from his ordination as a priest on 28th November 1999.
The arms have been slightly modified by his fellow bishop, R.R. Angelo, based in Italy.
The new arms displayed show a Celtic cross which
is indicative of our early Celtic Christian faith in Ireland placed upon purple (to indicate
Upon the green are the 3 cockerel heads from
the Ryan family coat of arms and thereunder lies the black sheep which
symbolises those who are disaffected and discarded by others for varient
These are the people +Seósamh reached out from the
moment of his ordination and shall continue to reach out to as a member
of The Holy Celtic Church, with his continued encompassing of Ireland -
north and south.
The arms are then surmounted upon the
crosier taken from the arms of The Holy Celtic Church, thereby formalising his
membership of, and commitment to, The Holy Celtic Church.
motto is 'Le Cúnamh Dé', which translates from the Irish language
(Gaelic)for 'With The Help Of God', to whom +Seósamh entrusts his