Thursday 29 September 2016

Ex-barman and engineer join priesthood

Sarah MacDonald

Published 04/06/2015 | 02:30

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin with Fr Paul Glennon and Fr Christopher Derwin
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin with Fr Paul Glennon and Fr Christopher Derwin

The country's largest Catholic diocese got a shot in the arm with the ordination of two men to the priesthood, one a former barman and the other a former engineer.

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On the Feast of St Kevin, the patron of Dublin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, told the congregation that they were gathered "as a diocesan family, with joy" for the occasion.

In his homily at St Mary's Pro Cathedral, Archbishop Martin told Fr Christopher Derwin and Fr Paul Glennon that being a priest "is not easy" and warned them that they could become unsettled and anxious, cynical or resigned.

Fr Derwin (32) worked in several well-known Dublin pubs like Graces and Tramco in Rathmines, as well as Madigans before joining the priesthood.

Fr Glennon (41) is originally from Dunmore in Co Galway. The former mechanical engineer lived in Manchester and Kilbeggan in Co Westmeath.

Yesterday's ordinations are among 14 taking place in the Irish church this month. Last Sunday, nine men were ordained to the diaconate in Maynooth.

Irish Independent

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