Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland, will make his first official visit to the West of Ireland and the diocese of Elphin since being created a Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI on 24 th November. He will be visiting Roscommon to launch the newly published book entitled: ‘Diocese of Elphin – An Illustrated History’. The launch will take place in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon on Thursday, 20 th December at 7.30 pm and Cardinal Brady will be the guest of honour at the event. The 168-page book encapsulates an extensive period of history and cogently guides the reader through the growth and development of the diocese of Elphin, from the humble beginnings of the early church to the challenging years of modern times. The succinct text is beautifully and extensively illustrated with superb photography in every page. This elegant and compact book, edited by Fr. Francis Beirne, parish priest of Ballyforan, Dysart and Tisrara and published by Booklink, has two sections, one dealing with the history of the diocese and the other providing a history of each of the thirty-eight parishes within the diocese. It is punctuated with story, fact and photographic examples of the unique art and craftsmanship that abounds throughout the diocese. It will be on sale in every parish over the coming weeks and only costs the modest sum of €20. Bishop Christopher Jones in his foreword to the book states: ‘It is my privilege and honoured task to warmly welcome and commend the publication of this illustrated history of the diocese. It is yet another testament to the courageous and undaunted Christian witness of countless people who have committed themselves to a life of faith imbued with a love of God and neighbour. ‘I am certain that students of church history in the coming decades and indeed centuries will find this illustrated history of Elphin diocese extremely interesting and informative. Indeed it is my fervent prayer and sincerest wish that when future historians, researchers and people of faith look back at our time in the life of the church in Elphin diocese, they will discover and recognise in our time a church that stands out as an enduring Christian witness in a very secular culture’.