Down and Connor Diocesan Novena (29th April – 7th May)


My dear people,

Traditionally, the Easter season is an opportunity to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and anticipate the Feast of Pentecost and the Descent of the Holy Spirit. Yet, in this Sacred Season, we are still living through extra-ordinary and challenging days of self-distancing measures and public closure of places of worship resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

While our churches remain closed, as the Body of Christ, as the Church, we remain united in prayer. I am grateful to our clergy, religious and laity in finding innovative ways to pray together.

A novena (nine successive days of prayer) is an ancient tradition of the Christian Church which draws us closer to Christ and to one another. I invite you to join me online each evening at 7pm from Wednesday 29th April to Thursday 7th May in offering a Diocesan Novena of Prayer. Each evening, the novena prayers will be offered in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast and accessible via webcam – (

Each day of the Diocesan Novena, those who are suffering from the coronavirus, those who have died, their loved ones and those who care for them will be remembered in the prayers. If you would like to include a special intention for this novena, please send an email to and your intention will be placed before the Altar in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast.

I assure you of my continued prayers and again express my gratitude to all those who are caring for our loved ones during this pandemic.

May the Risen Lord give us all His grace and peace.

+Noel Treanor

Bishop of Down and Connor