“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.”
"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."
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.
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.
Fr Shane (27) is the newest priest in Waterford & Lismore and one of fifteen ordinations to the Irish Church this summer in what has been a bumper year for vocations.
Fr Michael Geraghty is the youngest priest in Killaloe. He will spend his summer helping the diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes followed by a stint of missionary work in Africa.
“We need to keep alive among us a spirit of care and support for our priests, as numbers diminish, priests grow older and pastoral expectations increase”: Bishop Treanor.
“We put ourselves at the service of others especially those most in need in our society: the poor, the sick, the vulnerable, those who feel alienated from God”.
Dean Sammy Crooks, who died in a road accident in 1986, staged his first Christmas sit-out for charities in 1976, establishing a tradition continued by all his successors.