Ordination of fifteen men to the Diaconate.


Cardinal Séan Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, today ordained fifteen seminarians as deacons at Mass celebrated in the College Chapel of the national seminary in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Commenting after the Mass, Monsignor Hugh Connolly, the President of Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, said, “It is with great joy that we celebrate the ordination of fifteen men to the diaconate especially today on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. On behalf of all of us here in the formation and learning community which is Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, I congratulate our fifteen ordinands and wish them every happiness and blessing in their forthcoming diaconal ministry. May each of them experience God’s grace afresh in their hearts so that they will courageously proclaim the Gospel in both word and deed and go out to serve the people of God in their various dioceses with care and compassion.”

Homily of Cardinal Seán Brady for the Diaconate Ordination 2014

The following are the ordinands from today’s diaconate ceremony:

Ciarán Clarke (Meath), Aidan McCann (Armagh), Sean O’Donnell (Derry), James Leo Creelman (Clogher), Chris Derwin (Dublin), Michael Geraghty (Killaloe), Paul Glennon (Dublin), Brian Griffin (Ossory), Robert McGivney (Meath), Shane O’Neill (Waterford & Lismore), Seamus O’Rourke (Ardagh & Clonmacnois), Eamon Roach (Cloyne), Brian Slater (Armagh), Vincent Stapleton (Cashel & Emly), Brendan Ward (Raphoe)