BISHOP

Homily by Bishop Colm at Requiem Mass for Pope John Paul II in St. Mel's Cathedral, 7th April

Homily at Clonmacnois Pattern Day, 2006

Statement from the Bishop, 27th May 2006

Bishop's Christmas
Message 2005

Message from Bishop Colm on the death of Pope John Paul II

BISHOP'S MESSAGE
FOR CHRISTMAS 2007

Message from Bishop Colm on Ferns Report

Message from Bishop Colm for Vocations Sunday 2005

Bishop's Homily at Diocesan
Pilgrimage to Knock, Sept 2007

Bishop's Message for the Year of Vocation

Bishop's Letter to the Diocese, Easter 2008, 'on the way forward'.

Bishop Colm's Christmas Message 2008

Lead, Kindly Light
Bishop Colm's Pastoral Letter Easter 2009

Homily by Bishop Colm for Trinity Sunday, on 150 years of SVP in Longford.

Message on  Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock 2009

Bishop Colm O'Reilly video interview for Mission Sunday 2009

Statement by Bishop Colm O'Reilly on the Dublin Report

Homily by Bishop Colm on publication of 'Towards Healing and Renewal'

BISHOP COLM O'REILLY.

Bishop Colm O'Reilly is the youngest of seven children born on the 11th January 1935 to John and Alicia O'Reilly of the Parish of Colmcille in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois.  His eldest brother, Peter, who died in 1988 was Superior General of St. Patrick's Missionary Society for sixteen years.  Another brother, Brendan, who died in 2000, was a member of the Divine Word Missionary Order.
He attended primary school in his native parish and subsequently went to St. Mel's College in Longford.  He was ordained a priest in Maynooth on the 19th. of June 1960. 
Following on his ordination he spent his entire life as a priest in parishes in the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois.  He ministered for nine years in Granard and until the time of his appointment as Bishop in 1983 he was Curate and later Administrator at St. Mel's Cathedral.
As Bishop he has served the Episcopal Conference as President of
Accord and of the Laity Commission of which he is still President.  He is also currently President of Cura and is a member of the National Mission Council and the Pastoral Commission.