Diocese of Derry and Raphoe

We are the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe located in the counties of Londonderry, Tyrone and Donegal in North West Ireland / Northern Ireland.

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Lest We Forget

Leaders of the four main Churches lead worship at the Cenotaph in Londonderry

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Carol Service

St Columb’s Cathedral’s traditional Emergency Services Carol Service and a Service of Thanksgiving and Praise for the Emergency Services.


New Canons

Canon Katie McAteer and Canon Judi McGaffin, the first Canons of St Columb's and St Eunan's Cathedrals.

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Transforming Community, Radiating Christ…

Jul 28 2022

15th Lambeth Conference begins

Bishop Andrew Forster is one of the hundreds of bishops from across the 165 countries of the Anglican Communion who’ve gathered in Canterbury to pray, study scripture, discuss global challenges and seek God’s direction for the decade ahead. The Lambeth Conference 2022, which runs until August 7, is only the 15th such global gathering of…

Jul 04 2022

‘It’s Madness out there’

The torrential rain relented in Portglenone, early this afternoon, and the heavy clouds above Our Lady of Bethlehem Abbey parted just in time for the Derry and Raphoe BBQ to proceed as planned at this year’s Summer Madness festival in County Antrim. Bishop Andrew Forster was ‘mine host’ for the occasion, which brought back happy…

Jun 29 2022

Local parishes to pilot new course tackling domestic abuse

Three parishes from the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe will be among the first in Ireland to take part in a new course which Mothers’ Union has helped develop to counteract domestic abuse and gender-based violence. The five-part programme was developed in conjunction with Bishops’ Appeal and Tearfund. The Diocesan President of MU, Jacqui Armstrong…

Jun 26 2022

‘Landmark moment’ for Parish of Donegal, says Bishop Andrew

Bishop Andrew Forster described the 300th anniversary of Donegal Parish as “a landmark moment” in the local congregation’s history. He was speaking in Donegal Parish Church during the second of two services, this morning, which marked the tercentenary. Half an hour earlier, the Bishop had joined the local Rector, Archdeacon David Huss, members of the…

Jun 24 2022

“How should the church speak?”

The following article by Archbishop John McDowell is published in today’s Belfast Telegraph in relation to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland and the current political situation. I can’t remember a more difficult or more polarised moment in Northern Ireland or in the relationships between the UK and Ireland over the past 20 years. The friction…

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