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Irish Church needs radical overhaul in its outreach to young people

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin ordains two new priests, Frs Dominic Binh Viet Nguyen and Paul Binh Xuan, for Salesian order at St Patrick's College Maynooth.

2018.07.17.

New priest ordained for Diocese of Down and Connor

Thirty-four-year-old Fr Tony McAleese is a former catering manager and the first priest from St Vincent de Paul's in Belfast to be ordained in the parish in 50 years.

2018.06.20.

Widower to be ordained on Sunday for Killaloe diocese

“Church has always given me the beacon of light when I’ve needed it,” says Martin Shanahan.

2018.06.01.

Australian abuse report produces challenging findings

Final Report of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse questions mandatory clerical celibacy, the inviolability of the seal of confession, and criticises culture of clericalism.

2017.12.17.

Need for ongoing formation of priests conference is told

“A priest is certainly not the man who arrives into a parish, perfectly packaged, with all the answers."

2017.11.22.

Two priests ordained for Dublin

Like St Laurence O'Toole "we need a faith where theology and prayer, witness and care of the poor belong together and can influence the world around us and make society more loving" - Archbishop of Dublin.

2017.11.15.

New priest Fr Malachy Gallagher ordained for Derry diocese

“Your lifestyle will be a protest against the stifling hedonism that is presented as the best we can hope for. Belief in God is not repression of our dignity but an invitation to the individual greatness that is God’s dream for each of us.”

2017.08.01.

“We are priests because God has called us”

Bishop Brendan Kelly ordains Rev Declan Lohan, a former barrister and member of the Legion of Mary and Youth 2000, to the priesthood for ministry in the Diocese of Galway.

2017.07.25.

Weekend’s ordination in Oranmore is a first for Co. Galway parish

Deacon Declan Lohan, a former barrister, is to be ordained a priest for service in his home diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

2017.07.19.

Assistant Secretary at the CDF ordains Dominican priest in Dublin

Former Man Utd and Northern Ireland footballer, Fr Philip Mulryne, to join the chaplaincy team at Newbridge College.

2017.07.09.

Bishop dismayed by ‘persecution’ of Church in Ireland

“People from abroad are often astonished at the level of antipathy to the Church displayed in our country.”

2017.06.07.

Jesuit joy as Fr Edward Cosgrove ordained

“Poverty in a priest still touches hearts, while ostentation always alienates.”

2017.05.16.

Priest ordained for Carmelites in Ireland

Archbishop acknowledges frustration over constant condemnation which has given rise to “justified resentment” among priests, religious and committed Catholics at being “unfairly” attacked.

2017.05.03.

Joy in Dublin and Clogher as three ordained deacons in Rome

In the Church of St Alphonsus in Rome Archbishop Diarmuid Martin reminded the ordinands of the dangers of clericalism and urged them to “Believe what you read, teach what you believe and practice what you teach.”

2017.04.19.

Death of last Spiritan from Irish Province to minister in Nigeria

Apart from a short time in pastoral work in New York during the Nigerian Civil (Biafran) War and subsequent studies in Nova Scotia, 90-year-old Fr Paddy Foley spent almost all his 60 years of priesthood in Nigeria.

2017.01.04.

Bishop Nulty welcomes more deacons

The permanent diaconate has the capacity and capability of changing the face of the Irish Church – Bishop Denis Nulty.

2016.11.10.

From MU to OP – a Red Devil becomes a Black Friar

Former Manchester United footballer becomes a Dominican friar.

2016.11.07.

Former president gives address as two new CofI priests ordained

"Where once communal life was characterised by a resilient faith, today many believers carry a grief and a loss of innocence in faith, in dogma, in religious institutions" - Mary McAleese.

2016.09.26.

Clogher diocese set to ordain two new priests

Sunday’s ordinations will bring to four the number of new priests ordained for Clogher in the past three years.

2016.07.22.

Five parishes in Kerry diocese without a resident priest

Over the coming year the diocese will see Sean Jones ordained a priest - exactly ten years since the last priestly ordination in Kerry.

2016.07.05.

Pope Francis hosts celebration for Benedict’s ordination anniversary

“More than in the Vatican Gardens, with their beauty, your goodness is the place where I dwell: I feel protected” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI tells Pope Francis.

2016.06.29.

Rathdowney set for Festival of Faith

John McAreavey and Joanne O’Riordan to share their stories and talk about how faith has played a part in their lives and helped them overcome adversity.

2016.06.23.

Eight Spiritans celebrate 60 years of priesthood

Fr Enzo Agnoli moved from Italy to Ireland with his family and both he and his late brother Savino became Spiritan priests for the Irish province.

2016.06.15.

New priest ordained for Cork and Ross

Nine ordinations taking place in the Irish Church this year with only one priest ordained for the Munster region.

2016.06.06.

Two Pallottine students ordained as deacons

Youth 2000 and Medjugorje played a part in vocation stories of Rev Brendan McCarrick sac and Rev Jaimie Twohig sac.

2016.01.17.

Two priests and two deacons ordained on Epiphany

“It is possible to create safe spaces for those who think alike and who may come to feel that because they are like-minded they have discovered to right way.”

2016.01.07.

Mechanic says life experiences will benefit priesthood

Thirty-nine-year-old Co Offaly native Rev Noel Weir will be ordained to the priesthood next Sunday by Bishop Michael Smith of Meath.

2015.11.29.

Bishop Nulty presides at ordination of Jesuit priest

"The renewal of the Irish Church will be strengthened by the determination of men who see priesthood as a second life choice and respond generously."

2015.11.26.

Priestly celibacy is not just ‘part of the package’

The vocation to priesthood and celibacy have been conjoined in the Catholic Church "for a very long time and for good reasons" - Bishop Brendan Leahy.

2015.10.08.

Former seminary to host international reunion

For the first time ever, former students who did not reach ordination, have also been invited back to international reunion at St Patrick's College Thurles.

2015.08.09.
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