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Walk While You Can

Fr Tony Coote

Fr Tony Coote, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin was, in March 2018, diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).  In the coming days he is embarking on a walk from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal to Ballydehob, Co. Cork.  Along the way he is seeking our support and raising awareness around Motor Neurone Diesease.

In his own words he says:

Hi Everyone,

Tony Coote is my name. On the Wednesday of the beginning of the recent snow in Ireland, I was told I had Motor Neurone Disease. Like others who have received such news, I was terrified and my body went into shock. Around this time someone asked me to remember that, ‘the diagnosis is not the prognosis’. I have repeated that in my head as a mantra every day. I have also committed myself to living each day, looking to the future and choosing to live rather than exist.

I am a priest in the Dublin Diocese working in Kilmacud and Mount Merrion parishes. I used to play squash twice a week and was always on the go thinking of the next plan and idea. This illness has slowed me up and for the first time since I was a child I fall over easily and have to watch the ground as I walk.

Since I was diagnosed I realised the only medication is 24 years old and that the Motor Neurone Disease Association can only provide three nurses for the whole country with just over 400 people living with this illness. Their salaries are paid for by church gate collections.

Rather than just complaining about these facts I want to use my time and my voice to do something about it. To this end we invite you to become part of Walk While You Can, to donate,  walk with us, organise a fundraising event or offer accommodation to around 6 of us doing the whole walk.

All funds will be donated for research for new medication RMN and to the IMNDA for the care of those living with the illness.

PLEASE HELP!

 

 

Fr Tony’s walk through Ireland will see him pass through our Diocese between July 15th (Sligo to Ballisodare), 16th July (Ballisodare to Tubberucrry) and on 17th July as part of a 35KM trek that day from Tubbercurry to Knock.

It would be wonderful if we could offer some support to Fr Tony and his companions on this leg of their journey and, indeed on the road from Ballisodare to Kilkelly.

If you feel you could help organise anything along the way, offer some refreshments, sponsorship etc, please let us know EMAIL

A website has been set up to follow the progress of Tony’s walk “WALK WHILE YOU CAN” and the address is wwyc.ie

This is an incredible undetaking and one worthy of all the support it can receive.  Don’t underestimate the difference you can make.

Tony is also available on twitter @walkwhileyoucan #walkwithtony

 

If you wish to make a donation to this walk, please do so here

 

Maynooth Appointment Announced

Dr Tomaás Surlis

The Trustees of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth have appointed Reverend Dr Tomás Surlis as Pro-Rector of the Seminary at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, for a period of five years, effective from 1 August 2018.  In welcoming the appointment Archbishop Eamon Martin, Chairman of the Trustees, said:

“I warmly congratulate and send my prayerful good wishes to Father Tomás Surlis on his appointment to the role of Pro-Rector of the Seminary at Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth. Father Surlis brings rich experience to this new responsibility and is well equipped to lead the formation community at the College.

“Last year, on the appointment of Father Michael Mullaney as President of the College, the Trustees indicated that a revision of the governance structures of the College, with particular reference to the Seminary and the Pontifical University as two interrelated but distinct entities, would be undertaken, and that a Pro-Rector with dedicated responsibility for seminary formation at Maynooth would be appointed. The ongoing implementation of the vision for priestly formation set out in the new universal norms The Gift of the Priestly Vocation published by the Congregation for the Clergy in December 2016, has given an impetus to greater reflection on formation. The appointment of a dedicated Pro-Rector for the Seminary is one of the fruits of that ongoing reflection and it underlines the commitment of the Bishops’ Conference to the task of the formation of priests in contemporary society.

“As was also noted last year, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, is not only home to our national seminary, but its Pontifical University offers courses to many students, lay and seminarian, from Ireland and from further afield.  The Trustees are firmly committed to the College as a key contributor to the future of the Church in Ireland as it prepares both clergy and lay people to fully exercise their baptismal calling and bring their gifts to the service of God’s people.”

Archbishop Martin added, “I want to thank sincerely Father Mullaney for his dedication and commitment to the staff and community of Saint Patrick’s College, and I look forward to working with him in ensuring that the college continues to serve the needs of the Church at this time.”


Father Tomás Surlis was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Achonry in 2003.  A catechist by training, he taught Religion and English for four years in Coláiste Iognáid, Galway, before studying for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth.  His first appointment as a priest was to the staff of Saint Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen as Chaplain and Teacher of religious education.  In 2005, he was appointed as curate to the parish of Ballymote, Co Sligo.  From 2006 to 2010 completed a doctorate in Dogmatic Theology in the Pontifical Gregorian University Rome.  In 2010, he was appointed to the parish of Gurteen, Co Sligo and Diocesan Advisor for Post-Primary Religious Education for the dioceses of Achonry and Killala.  He was also appointed as Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate in the diocese of Achonry.  In 2011, he was appointed as President and Principal Teacher of Saint Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen, where he served until March 2017 before taking up appointment as Director of Formation and Lecturer in Theology and Education in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, in August 2017.

Cathedral Reopens

Following some months of intense and skillful works, the Cathedral of The Annunciation and St Nathy has re-opened.  Much of the works carried out lie beneath the surface and tended to electrical, plumbing and essential repairs.  There were some changes made too that are obvious and a clear improvement. Well done to all involved and all who have supported this project over recent years.

 

 

Permanent Diaconate Ordinations

Ordinations to the Permanent Diaconate took place for the first time in the Diocese of Achonry on Easter Monday, April 2nd, 2018.  Bishop Brendan Kelly returned to the diocese to ordain two men to the Permanent Diaconate. Fr Dermot Meehan, Diocesan Administrator and Director of the Permanent Diaconate programme in the diocese was the homilist.

A packed congregation in the Church of St James’, Charlestown, Co. Mayo watched and prayed as Martin Lynch (Parish of Kiltimagh) and Kevin Flynn (Parish of Collooney) became the first Permanent Deacons in our diocese.  Both men are married and their families were in attendance along with many friends and well wishers.

After the homily, both candidates are called forward by a deacon – answering “present” to the calling of their name is symbolic of their response to God’s Call to ministry.  Having presented themselves for ordination they are, in turn, presented to the bishop as candidates for ordination.

Having been called to Ministry and accepted for ordination, both candidates committed themselves to the ministry of Deacon and responded to the questions put before them by Bishop Brendan Kelly.

Both will assume ministry in the diocese and we pray God’s continued blessing on them and their families.

Ad multos annos.

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