Bishop Philip Boyce OCDBishop Boyce was born in Downings, Co. Donegal on the 25th January 1940. Educated at Derryhassen school in Meevagh (Downings) parish and at Castlemartyr Carmelite College, Co. Cork.

He joined the noviciate of the Discalced Carmelites in Loughrea, Co. Galway, making his first profession in 1959. Having completed philosophical studies in Dublin, he studied theology at the Teresianum in Rome, where he was ordained on the 17th April 1966. He received a doctorate in theology (DD) in 1977 with a dissertation the spirituality of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

During his twenty years on the teaching staff of the Pontifical Theological Faculty of the Carmelites in Rome, he taught spirituality and dogmatic theology, and for many years was engaged in the work of formation of students preparing for the priesthood or doing postgraduate studies. 

Bishop Boyce was ordained Bishop of Raphoe on 1st October 1995 in the Cathedral of Saints Eunan and Columba. 

His Motto “In the Service of Mother Church” is of Carmelite origin. It sums up the mission he sees entrusted to him in the Episcopal ministry: one of service to the people of God in the diocese of Raphoe and to the whole family of the Church. 

Bishop Boyce is Chairman of the Bishops’ Commission for Clergy, Seminaries, Permanent Diaconate, and Chairman of the Bishops’ Commission for Religious.  He is a member of the Bishops’ Conference Department of Catholic Education and Formation, and a member of the Bishops’ Doctrine Commission.

On January 25th 2015, Bishop Boyce reached the mandatory age of retirement for a Roman Catholic Bishop which is 75 years. In a statement released by the Raphoe Diocese, Bishop Boyce duly submitted his resignation as Bishop of Raphoe to Pope Francis. The Pope accepted his resignation, but asked him to continue until a new Bishop is duly appointed in the near future.

Source: www.raphoediocese.ie & wikipedia