Bishop confirms diocesan appointments

Bishop confirms diocesan appointments

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File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

Bishop Fintan Monahan has announced the Killaloe Diocesan Appointments for 2021.

In making the announcement, Bishop Fintan acknowledged the challenges and opportunities that accompany the publication of this year’s appointments. One third of the 58 parishes in the Diocese are now without a resident priest under the age of 75. He expressed gratitude to a number of priests who have opted to continue ministering beyond the retirement age of 75.

Other initiatives emerging from Pastoral Planning give us much hope in these difficult times as people continue to work so hard in promoting and celebrating the faith in our Diocese.

Bishop Fintan said: “One of the great signs of hope in the diocese at present is the coming on-stream this year of 25 lay people trained in the area of Pastoral Care and Catechetics.  I look forward to working collaboratively with them in the pastoral areas of the diocese.”

Bishop Fintan also expressed thanks to the Covid Committees and the many volunteers who have worked so hard to ensure that our Churches and places of worship are as safe as possible during the past year and a half.

Bishop of Killaloe Fintan Monahan – File Photo: © Pat Flynn

Fr Ger Nash, Diocesan Secretary, Director of Pastoral Planning to become bishop of Ferns.

Brendan Moloney, Co-PP, Odhrán Pastoral Area, resident in Silvermines to retire as Co-PP and VF but remaining in Odhrán Pastoral Area and Silvermines as AP.

John Bane, Co-PP, Ceantar na Lochanna Pastoral Area, resident in Broadford to retire to Ennis.

Joe Kennedy, Co-PP, Olatrim Pastoral Area, resident in Monegal, Dunkerrin Paris to retire as Co-PP and to remain on as AP.

Peter O’Loughlin, Co-PP, Inis Cathaigh Pastoral Area, resident in Kilmihil to retire as Co-PP and to remain on as AP.

Pat O’Neill, Co-PP, Imeall Bóirne Pastoral Area, resident in Ruan to retire as Co-PP but staying on as AP in Ruan and in Imeall Bóirne Pastoral Area.

Pat Gilbert, to retire from St Brendan’s Community College & to undertake a sabbatical with a view to returning to pastoral ministry in the diocese in 2022.

Des Hillery, Co-PP, VG to become VF of Odhrán Pastoral Area for a period of one year.  In addition to duties in Nenagh and the pastoral area to take on parish responsibility for Portroe.

Rexon Chullickal, CC, Odhrán Pastoral Area, resident in Nenagh in addition to duties in Nenagh and the pastoral area to take on parish responsibility for Youghalarra.

Ger Jones, Co-PP, Odhrán Pastoral Area, resident in Portroe to be Diocesan Secretary and Co-PP, Abbey Pastoral Area and resident in Cloughleigh.

Damien Nolan, Co-PP, VF to be PP of the Imeall Bóirne Pastoral Area.

Martin Blake, Co PP, Críocha Callan Pastoral Area, resident in Kilmaley Parish to undertake a sabbatical with a view to returning to pastoral ministry in the diocese in 2022.

Tom Fitzpatrick, Co-PP, Tradaree Pastoral Area, Resident in Newmarket-on-Fergus to be Co-PP, Abbey Pastoral Area and resident in Doora-Barefield Parish. (Appointment to take effect from October 1st, 2021)

Michael Collins, Director of Formation, Maynooth to be Co-PP, Tradaree Pastoral Area, resident in Newmarket-on-Fergus and to be director of Pastoral Planning for the Diocese.  (Appointment to take effect from October 1st, 2021)

David Carroll, Co-PP, VF, Inis Cealtra Pastoral Area, resident in Bodyke to be Co-PP of the Abbey Pastoral Area, resident in St Joseph’s, Ennis.

John McGovern, Co-PP, Abbey Pastoral Area, resident in St. Joseph’s, Ennis to be Co-PP, Críocha Callan Pastoral Area, resident in Kilmaley Parish.

Joe McMahon, Co-PP, Inis Cealtra Pastoral Area, resident in Scarriff to be VF of the Inis Cealtra Pastoral Area.

Dariusz Plasek, Co-PP, Abbey Pastoral Area, resident in Ennis to be Co-PP, Inis Cealtra Pastoral Area and resident in Bodyke.

Pat Deely, Redwood, Lorrha, to assist in the Pastoral Area of Cois Deirge.

James Michael, Tradaree Pastoral Area, resident in Shannon to be CC, in the Pastoral Area of Tradaree, continuing to reside in Shannon.  Both James Michael and Francis Xavier Kochuveettil, along with duties in Shannon to assist in the pastoral area to give Michael Collins in Newmarket-on-Fergus scope for pastoral planning and to help also in Sixmilebridge.

The appointments to take effect from Friday 6th of August, apart from where stated.

As agreed restructuring of Cronan Pastoral Area to take place in 2022.

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