The Down and Connor clerical changes were announced last Friday. I had been supplied with a copy before publication.
These are the changes:
Fr Hugh Kennedy to be Chaplain to the Congregation of Our Lady, More House, Archdiocese of Westminster, London.
I wish Hugh Kennedy every happiness and success in London. I hope his new appointment helps him to find himself anew and find a satisfying ministry.
Fr Martin Graham to be Administrator of St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast.
I understand that Martin is a devotee of the Latin Mass. Hopefully he will restrain himself in St Peter's and offer nice modern Masses and get involved in parish visitation, youth clubs, schools etc. I think St Peters has had enough liturgical experimentation for now.
Fr John McManus to be PP Strangford and Kilclief.
Strangford is a good opportunity for John to gently re-enter pastoral life. I hope he will be warm and friendly with those country folk and keep an open door for them.
Fr Eugene O’Hagan to be Diocesan Chancellor.
Its good that Eugene will now be a full chancellor. I think he works very hard. I hope he will not be too stretched.
Fr Gregory Cormican resignation on grounds of ill health as PP of Coleraine has been
I am sorry to hear of Gregory's health at a relatively young age. We wish him a recovery.
Fr Brendan Mulhall CSsR to be Administrator of Coleraine.
Father Mulhall has received a very mixed reception in Coleraine. Time will tell.
Fr Peter O’Kane to be PP Christ the Redeemer, Lagmore.
Fr Brendan Hickland on sabbatical leave from St Teresa’s
Fr Don Kettle on loan from the Archdiocese of Perth, Australia, to be Administrator of St Teresa’s, Belfast.
Fr Peter Carlin to be priest in residence in St Peter’s Cathedral, Belfast.
Fr Gary Toman to be priest in residence in Glenarm (appointment of Chaplain to Queen’s University Belfast to follow).
I thought being moved from the chaplain of Queen's University to being a "priest in residence" in a small place like Glenarm was a strange move. Why not a PP?
Fr Michael Dempsey CSsR to be Assistant Chaplain in the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH).
Fr Joseph Rooney in addition to Judicial Vicar of the Diocese appointed Judicial Vicar for the Armagh Regional Marriage Tribunal.
Fr Gerard Fox in addition to his ongoing position as Director of Formation in St Malachy’s Seminary to assist and supply within the West Belfast Pastoral Community.
Fr Paul Morely in addition to CC Holy Family, at the request of Cardinal George Alencherry, Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly, appointed assistant priest to the Syro-Malabar community in Down and Connor.
Fr Vincent Cushnahan appointed to the Down and Connor Office of the Armagh Regional Marriage Tribunal at the Good Shepherd Centre, Belfast and to be priest in residence in the Parish of the Nativity, Belfast.
I thought it a little strange that Vincent with his eyesight issues and the fact that he does not drive should be appointed to help in Twinbrook and have to commute daily to the Ormeau Road. Was there no where nearer to house him?
Fr Andrew Black recently ordained to be Catholic Chaplain in Belfast City Hospital (BCH) residing in St Paul’s, Belfast.
I hope Andrew will be a good pastor to the patients and staff in the City Hospital in spite of his abiding interest in liturgy.
Fr Conor McCarthy recently ordained to be CC Larne.
I hope Conor will do well here beside me in Larne. I have not seen him since he came some months ago and people often comment about the fact that they never see a priest on the Main Street apart from myself. Hopefully we will see more of Conor.
Down and Conor is very short of priests. When I was in St Peters Cathedral from 1978 to 1983 there were 5 of us full time there. Now there is one and a priest in residence.
Noel Treanor needs to make much greater use of his manpower. Hopefully the introduction of married deacons will help.