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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Popular Fr Rushe makes move from Redeemer to DKIT

STARTING AS CHAPLAIN IN SEPTEMBER

Fr Paddy Rushe, who is moving to DkIT.
Fr Paddy Rushe, who is moving to DkIT.

OLIVIA RYAN

THE REDEEMER Parish will be losing popular ADM Fr. Paddy Rushe, when he moves to DKIT in September as newly appointed Chaplain, The Argus has learned.

Fr. Rushe confirmed the move after announcing the news to parishioners on Sunday.

'People were shocked and surprised, as the six years I have spent in the Redeemer have been wonderful.'

He explained that the move to DKIT, which he had expressed an interest in some time ago, is 'an exciting new chapter for me.'

'I will be very sorry, of course, to be leaving the Redeemer. The people here have been so cooperative, and so good to me over these last few years,' said Fr. Rushe.

'But I am looking forward to a new challenge. I have always had an interest in working with young people, and this is a great opportunity for me to bring the message of the gospel to an entirely new community which has over 5,000 students and a large staff.'

Fr. Rushe will be taking over from Fr. Clem McManus who has led the chaplaincy office at the institute for the last two years.

'I feel I have the qualities which are important in working with the younger generation, especially with social networking being such a factor in young people's lives today.'

The Tyrone native has even been dubbed Dundalk's 'iPriest' as he uses his ipad for the Sunday ceremony.

The move effectively means that the parish will only have one priest, as Fr. Paul Montague will take over the role as ADM.

'We are hoping this situation will change next year, with a number of priests set to be ordained,' he added.

' This situation is a reminder to us of where the church is in Ireland at the moment,' said Fr. Rushe who has long been raising concerns over the dwindling number of new priests.

' The Redeemer is a large parish, and there are many demands. But I will be around to help out when needed, and both Fr. Montague and I have committed to continue giving the parish everything that it needs.'

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