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Two ordinations to the priesthood in Cloyne and Killala

By Sarah Mac Donald - 24 November, 2013

CobhTwo men will be ordained to the priesthood in the dioceses of Cloyne and Killala today.

Bishop William Crean will ordain Rev Patrick O’Donoghue to the priesthood for service in the Diocese Cloyne at 2pm this afternoon in St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, Co Cork.

A little later in the afternoon, Bishop John Fleming will ordain Rev Thomas Doherty to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Killala at 4pm in St Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina, Co Mayo.

Thirty-five-year-old Patrick O’Donoghue is a native of Castlemartyr in Co Cork. He is the son of David and Maura O’Donoghue, and has three brothers and one sister. 

Born in April 1978, he attended Midleton Christian Brothers Secondary School and completed his Leaving Certificate in 1995. He graduated with a degree in Pharmacy from Trinity College Dublin in 2003. 

He then has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and in community pharmacy in Dublin and Cork. Patrick studied for the priesthood over two periods, from 1998-2002 and 2009-2013. 

He undertook his undergraduate studies in theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, graduating with a Baccalaureate in Divinity in 2010, before studying at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, where he graduated with a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2013. 

During his time in the seminary, Patrick undertook various pastoral placements, including a pastoral year in the parish of Mitchelstown, Co Cork. 

He was ordained to the Diaconate in April 2013 in the Basilica of Saints John and Paul in Rome by Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.

Tom Doherty is a native of Shanahee, Belmullett, Co Mayo. He is the son of Carmel and the late Patrick Doherty. He has one brother, Darren, and one sister, Anita. 

He was educated at the Convent Secondary School, Belmullet, and at the National University of Ireland Galway, where he received an honours Bachelor of Arts degree in history and geography in 2007.

Tom began his studies for the priesthood in 2007 in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and later studied at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome.

During his time in seminary, he undertook various pastoral placements in the Diocese of Killala, including a pastoral year in the parish of Ballina. He was ordained to the diaconate on 28 July 2013.

Tom will celebrate his first Mass on Monday 25 November at 7.30pm in the Church of Our Lady of Dolours, Shanahee.

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