"The broad, global, and universal viewpoint offered by a Roman experience has been enriching for many down through the centuries," said the Irish Bishops' Conference
The appointment of Fr Tomás Surlis as Pro-Rector will help provide greater distinction between the college’s role as our national seminary and its role as a pontifical university.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin presides at ordination of Rev Fergal Cummins of Meath, Rev Ricky O’Connor of Ferns, and Divine Word Missionaries, Rev Yanbo Chen and Rev Gerhard Osthues.
Fr Mullaney has served as Registrar, Vice President and most recently Acting President of Saint Patrick’s College, and has also helped out as a curate in the parish of Holycross/Ballycahill at weekends.
Applicants for post of President of the national seminary should be ordained priests, aged over 35, who are men of “good faith, learning and good judgment”.
In an article questioning what lessons have learned from the Maynooth fiasco, Fr Brendan Hoban is highly critical of Irish bishops who accept unsuitable candidates.
“I think the days of a big big seminary are over. I think if anything good comes from this it is an examination of a better way” - Fr Brendan Purcell.
Lahore seminary rector sees increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life as “a sign of God's blessing” who is “always close to his people.”
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.