Fr Brendan McCarrick, S.A.C, celebrated his First Mass of Thanksgiving this evening. The Mass was in his home parish, in the church of The Sacred Heart, Mullinabreena.
PRIEST’S INFLUENCE RECALLED
Ordained on Sunday for the Pallottine Order, Brendan spoke of his vocation and recalled the influence of a former Parish Priest, Archdeacon Padraig O’Grady, for whom he served Mass. Like our Vocations Director, , a native of the same parish, ordained two years ago, this priest seems to have been quite an influence. Words spoken and life lived made an impression on both men and each acknowledges Archdeacon O’Grady’s positive and affirming role.
Brendan spoke of the fact he first went to the seminary in the last millennium! He wondered were there many ordained this year who could say the same? His vocation story led him to Maynooth in the late 90’s when he felt a call to the diocesan priesthood. He later reached the decision this was not for him and chose to leave. In that regard too, he noted the kindness of Archdeacon O’Grady who welcomed and understood his decision. He assured Brendan that God would reveal His plan for him. For a number of years Brendan worked as an engineer with a well established firm. He maintained contact with his Faith, through Prayer Groups, participating in Choirs etc. In more recent times his path crossed with the Pallottine Order and he is now numbered among their priests. Bishop Kelly jokingly referred to this yesterday as the “scenic route to priesthood”!!
AD MULTOS ANNOS
The diocese wishes him every blessing in his future ministry which will see him heading to Michigan, U.S.A. in the coming months.
A few photos from this evening’s celebration.