Bishop Paul has begun a journey of visitation of the parishes of the diocese. He has chosen to visit various parishes and to join in the celebration of Daily and Weekend Masses with the priest and people of the parishes. This is a wonderful opportunity for him to meet with the people and for them to meet with their new bishop.
So far Bishop Paul has celebrated Masses in Ballaghaderreen, Carracastle, Charlestown, Collooney Keash, Tourlestrane, Tubbercurry, Attymass, Bohola, Swinford, Kilmovee and Ballisodare (where he administered the Sacrament of Confirmation) and his journey continues.
God bless the journey.
Our Bishop-Elect, Paul Dempsey, comes to us as one of the youngest priests in our diocese.
Looking at our situation, as it stands today, including retired priests, the age-profile of our priests is:
- six over the age of 80
- seven aged between 70-80
- ten aged between 60-70,
- ten aged between 50-60,
- three aged between 40-50 (four when Bishop-Elect Dempsey joins us)
- and nobody under 40.
There are twenty-three parishes in the diocese and fifty churches. At present there are 25 priests in Parish Ministry.
There is no doubt but that we are heading to a point where changes will have to be addressed – indeed, we have most likely passed that point.
There must however, remain hope!
As we welcome a new bishop, might it be a time to encourage a-fresh and pray renewed, that some might hear God’s call to serve the church of Achonry as a Diocesan Priest?
Fr Paul Kivlehan is our Vocations Director. He may be contacted at the Presbytery, Ballaghaderreen or on firstname.lastname@example.org