The diocese of Achonry welcomes those who might be considering a Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood to get in contact. Our diocese includes twenty-three parishes in Counties Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo. At the moment, each parish has at least one resident priest and, in a small number of our parishes there is a second priest – often a man who has retired after more than fifty years service to the diocese but who chooses to continue to minister to God’s people.
Currently we have no students for the priesthood and, like most other dioceses at home and abroad, are looking to the future and hopeful that there may be some people out there – possibly you who are reading these lines right now, who might feel a calling to serve God and His people as a Catholic Priest in the diocese.
If this is something you have considered, wondered about or wrestled with? Maybe now is the time to talk.
Our Vocations Director is Fr Paul Kivlehan and he would be more than happy to discuss this with you.
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.