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Bishop of Ferns says its ‘no longer possible to provide a priest for each parish’ amid Diocese shake-up

St Aidan’s and St Senan’s parishes in Enniscorthy and the parish and curacy of Marshalstown and Castledockrell to be assigned to the pastoral care of three priests

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Bishop of Ferns Ger Nash.

Bishop of Ferns Ger Nash.

Bishop of Ferns Ger Nash.

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The Bishop of Ferns has conceded that it is “no longer possible to provide a priest for each parish or curacy”. Bishop Ger Nash made the statement when announcing a host of changes across the diocese which aimed to address retirements and various changes of personnel.

In this latest announcement, it was revealed that Fr Jim Doyle C.C. of the Cathedral in Enniscorthy has been appointed Chaplain at the Irish College Paris and is to pursue further studies at the Institut Catholique, Paris, for a three year period. At the same time, it was revealed that Fr Danny McDonald, PP of Marshalstown/Castledockrell is set to retire.

Under a new plan, taking effect from August 15, the parishes of St Aidan’s and St Senan’s in Enniscorthy, as well as the parish and curacy of Marshalstown and Castledockrell, will be assigned to the pastoral care of a team of three priests – Fr Tom Dalton, Fr Paddy Banville and Fr Billy Caulfield.

Fr Caulfied, curate in Galbally, will join the team and reside in the Manse in Enniscorthy. Fr Banville, Adm at St Senan’s, will join the team and reside in Marshalstown, while Fr Dalton will continue to reside in the Manse.

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Meanwhile, Fr Michael Byrne, parish priest in Bree, will assume the pastoral care of the curacy of Galbally and Ballyhogue to replace Fr Caulfield.

Speaking in the wake of the announcement, Bishop Ger wished Fr Jim all the best in his studies abroad, and he thanked Fr Danny McDonald for his lifetime of ministry as teacher and parish priest and wished him “many long, happy and healthy years in retirement”.

He also thanked the other trio of priests for their willingness to enter into this new structure of minister for the Diocese. “Priests working together as team should provide an opportunity for priests to focus on those areas of ministry which are life enhancing for them while at the same time providing an effective ministry to the people in the pastoral area when it is no longer possible to provide a priest for each parish or curacy,” Bishop Nash said. “I am also conscious of the effect this new form of team ministry will have on the people of the parishes. I thank the lay ministers and people who support the work of the parish and would encourage them to continue their vital roles in building up the family of God in their locality.”


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