DIOCESE OF KILDARE AND LEIGHLIN
|FATHER SEAN MAHER|
LETTER FROM REGULAR BLOG READER:
A Laois parish set to welcome Romanian priest
13th January 2018
|BISHOP NULTY WITH ROMANIAN BISHOP AND PRIESTS|
The Parish of Stradbally is all set to welcome a new priest this weekend.
Fr Marcelin Rediu, from Romania, will replace Parish Priest Fr Seán Maher who is set to travel overseas after Sunday mass where he will continue his studies.
Bishop Denis Nulty welcomed Fr Marcelin Rediu to Kildare & Leighlin diocese towards the end of November where he took up residence in the Cathedral Presbytery in Carlow.
While staying at the Cathedral parish he has become a familiar face at Cathedral where he has celebrated Mass regularly.
Fr Marcelin comes to the diocese having spent the last sixteen years ministering in parishes in Norway.
He was originally ordained for the Diocese of Iasi in Romania in 1998.
Fr Marcelin is the second priest from that diocese to serve in Kildare & Leighlin, he follows in the footsteps of Fr Eugen Dragos Tamas who arrived last August.
Fr Eugen currently resides in Tinryland and helps out in Askea and surrounding parishes as the need arises.
Last Sunday Bishop Denis introduced Fr Marcelin to the people of Stradbally at masses in Vicarstown, Timahoe, and Stradbally itself.
Fr Marcelin will cover the couple of months study leave which Fr Sean Maher commences this coming weekend.
While Fr Sean Kelly will take charge of the administration of the parish, Fr Marcelin will be a huge presence in every aspect of parish life.Bishop Denis also envisages that Fr Marcelin will also cover some duties in neighbouring Portlaoise parish as the team there also assist in the programme of duty in Stradbally during Fr Sean Maher’s study leave.
Thank you for your letter.
Does any reader have any more information on this matter?
Did Father Maher condemn a school principal from the pulpit? And for what?
Apparently, the Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin announced in January that Father Maher was going away for FURTHER STUDIES.
Now the parishioner tells us that Father Maher is coming back from those studies three months later in April.
That seems to be a very short academic course - three months?
In Father Maher's absence, the parish has been run by the retired PP - Father Kelly PE, CC and by a Romanian priest on loan to Kildare.
On this Blog before we have discussed about how priests seem to "disappear" either for a while or permanently.
The sequence of events in Stradbally are strange:
1. Father Maher appointed PP.
2. Alleged condemnation of school principal from pulpit.
3. Father Maher sent "overseas" for 3 months study.
4. Romanian priest appointed.
5. Father Maher is now, allegedly returning.