Archbishop no longer PP of St Patrick's Parish
Dundalk gets own PP for first time in 150 years
Sweeping clerical changes announced last week mean that for the first time in 150 years, the Archbishop of Armagh will no longer be the Parish Priest of Dundalk.
In the clerical appointments announced by Archbishop Eamon Martin on Thursday, Fr Mark O'Hagan, who has served as Administrator of St Patrick's Parish, Dundalk for the past seven years, has been appointed as Parish Priest of one of the biggest parishes in the Archdiocese.
Other changes in the Dundalk parish see curate Fr Brian Slater leaving to take up an appointment as CC, in Ardee and Collon.
He will be replaced by Fr Maciej Zacharek, who is currently CC, St Peter's Parish, Drogheda. Fr Zacharek will also take up the post of Director of Studies at Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary, Dundalk.
Deacon Paul O'Reilly, a former RMS seminarian in Guam who was recently ordained in Armagh, is to serve in St Patrick's Parish, Dundalk, and Holy Redeemer Parish, Dundalk.
The Holy Redeemer Parish gets a new Adm, Rev Michael Sheehan, who is currently Adm, in Kilsaran, while the current Adm Fr Paul Montague, is being appointed as PP, Tallanstown.
Fr Seán McGuigan, CC, is leaving the Holy Redeemer Parish, to be PP, Ardboe.
Fr Shajan Panachickal Michael, who is on loan to the Archdiocese from Eparchy of Kothamangalam, India, is taking up the position of curate at Holy Redeemer Parish, Dundalk, and will serve the Syro-Malabar Community in Dundalk. The Syro-Malabar Church is one of the 22 Eastern (Oriental) Catholic Churches in full communion with Rome.
Other appointments see Fr Stephen Duffy, PE, Adm, VF, Termonfeckin, becoming PP, Lordship, while Fr Pádraig Murphy, the current PP is to be Pastor Emeritus and Priest in Residence, Jenkinstown, and Diocesan Archivist / Curator.
Fr Linos Dube, who is currently assisting in the Parish of Lordship, is to be CC, St Peter's Parish, Drogheda.
And a former Lordship PP. V Rev Bobby McKenna, PE, AP, Lower Killeavy, is to retire, remaining in residence at the Parochial House, Camlough.
Rev Bernard King, SM, CC, Glassdrummond (Upper Creggan), to retire and return to his Marist Congregation.
V Rev Seán McCartan, PP, Ardboe, to be Chaplain to the Irish Defence Forces, based at Aiken Barracks, Dundalk, and Gormanstown Army Camp.
Fr Neil O'Donoghue, Vice-Rector, Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary, is leaving Dundalk, to join the Theology Faculty, St Patrick's College, Maynooth.
The appointments will come into effect on September 8th. Announcing the changes,Archbishop Eamon Martin thanked the priests for their continued ministry and service in the Archdiocese and wishes them well in taking up these new appointments. He also thanked the people of the Archdiocese of Armagh for their ongoing prayers and support of their priests and encouraged them to welcome their new pastors in the coming weeks.