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Secret Scottish seminary to be restored by Crown Estates

The seminary, built in 1716–17 in a secluded valley, was disguised as a farm building, so as not to attract any attention.

2019.04.27.

St Patrick’s Maynooth gets Pro-Rector for priestly formation

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.

2018.06.16.

Four deacons ordained in Maynooth

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.

2018.05.29.

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.

Dublin in a Decade – Archbishop reflects on parish prospects with fewer priests

Without the continued support of religous orders, Dublin could face a 70% drop in the number of its priests by 2030

2017.11.20.

Fr Michael Mullaney appointed President of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth

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.

2017.06.18.

Situation vacant at Maynooth – College president wanted

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”.

2016.12.19.

New Armagh seminary is blessed

The seminarians’ vocations come via the Neocatechumenal Way.

2016.11.26.

‘Treating adults like children is no preparation for priesthood’

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.

2016.09.11.

Maynooth to undergo review of policies and independent audit

Trustees order seminary authorities to evaluate and review policy relating to “the appropriate use of the internet and social media”.

2016.08.25.

Killaloe priest rejects allegations about Maynooth

"... even just one case of abuse, be that verbal, physical, sexual or in any form, is one case too many and should be investigated rigorously.”

2016.08.12.

Maynooth crisis raises questions about model of seminary formation

“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.

2016.08.07.

Association of Catholics in Ireland concerned over Maynooth crisis

ACI supports an independent investigation into the allegations, to be carried out promptly and with transparency.

2016.08.06.

ACP slates “unfair” attention towards Maynooth

Former trainee priest who alleges he was harassed by a member of staff while studying in Maynooth files complaint with Gardaí’s sexual assault unit.

2016.08.03.

Bishop Freeman ordains two Pallottines to diaconate

Ordination of two new deacons will be followed in July by the ordination of two Pallottines to the priesthood.

2016.06.07.

Primate has “no objection” to married priests

One of the ways the bishops are dealing with the vocations crisis is by “borrowing back" from Churches where Irish priests and sisters served.

2016.05.28.

Persecuted Church in Pakistan sees vocations boom

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.”

2016.05.05.

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.

Respond! converts seminary into housing for elderly

€12m redevelopment includes 21 new apartments in the college, a 10-bed group home, and 36 one-bed apartments and a range of support services.

2015.11.09.

Be leaders Thurles president urges religion teachers

Since 2008, 340 religion teachers have graduated from St Patrick's College which up to 1992 served as a seminary for the training of priests.

2015.10.24.

Leading priest sociologist dies in Kerry house fire

Tributes paid following tragic death of 82-year-old retired lecturer and local historian Fr Gearoid O'Donnchada.

2015.10.13.

President of Maynooth talks about seminary life

“We do have to push for a more cohesive approach to bringing in prospective student priests” - Mgr Hugh Connolly.

2015.08.29.

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.

Singing Priests to mark Galway Cathedral Jubilee

Platinum selling group, which is made up of three Catholic priests, have recorded four albums and written a book recounting their musical journey.

2015.08.03.

Cloyne ordination is one of five this weekend

Priests ordained for Armagh, Cashel & Emly, Clogher and Cloyne.

2015.07.05.

Former hurler to be ordained to the priesthood

Four men to be ordained this weekend for the dioceses of Armagh, Cashel & Emly and Clogher.

2015.07.03.

Do not be afraid to answer God’s call: Bishop Duffy

"For some, God is an irrelevance, for some an irritant and for others an invention. For those who have faith, God is the centre of all things.”

2015.06.23.

Tragedy struck “at a beautiful moment in their lives”

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin leads prayers and condolences for Berkeley victims saying "These young men and women were the products of what is best in Irish families".

2015.06.21.

New priest ordained for the diocese of Derry

"Sow generously in season and out of season. Leave worries about the growth to the Lord," Bishop Donal McKeown tells newly ordained Fr Seán O'Donnell.

2015.06.15.

14 ordinations to priesthood underway in Irish Church

Nine new deacons and 14 ordinations to the priesthood contribute to a "remarkable year" for Maynooth.

2015.06.01.
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