Nine Seminarians Ordained to the Diaconate

Diaconate Ordinations 2016

29th May, the Solemnity of Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Bishop Crean Ordains Nine seminarians today in Maynooth


Most Rev. Dr William Crean Bishop of Kerry, today ordained nine seminarians as deacons at Mass celebrated in the College Chapel of the national seminary in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Please click on the following link to read Bishop Crean’s homily.  Bishop William Crean’s homily at the Diaconate Ceremony in Maynooth 2016

All of the priests of the College community concelebrated this ordination Mass at which family, friends and other priests also participated.  The following are the ordinands from today’s diaconate ceremony (respective diocese in brackets):

Michael Byrne (Dublin)

William Caulfield (Ferns)

Aidan Gallagher (Tuam)

Sean Jones (Kerry)

Declan Lohan (Galway)

John Magner (Cloyne)

Barry Matthews (Armagh)

Evan O’Brien (Cork & Ross)

David Vard (Kildare & Leighlin)

Speaking 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 nine men to the diaconate especially today on the Corpus Christi.  May these nine men go forth now to build up the ‘Body of Christ’ which is his Church. On behalf of all of us here in the formation and learning community which is Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, I congratulate our nine ordinands and wish them every happiness and blessing in their forthcoming diaconal ministry.  May each of them experience God’s grace anew in their lives so that they will courageously proclaim the Gospel in word and deed and go out to serve the people of God in their various dioceses and religious congregations with care and compassion.”

Following a meal with family and the seminary community the Rev. Barry Matthews spoke on behalf of the Ordination Class. Click on the following link to read his speech. Rev. Barry Matthew’s speech on behalf of the Ordination Class