15/07/08 Priest Appointments: Summer 2008

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Dublin Diocesan Appointments (Updated)
Summer 2008


The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Diarmuid Martin, has launched a pilot project for the establishment within the Archdiocese of Pastoral Areas served by a single pastoral team.  A number of parishes in a particular area will work together more effectively for the mission of the Church. Archbishop Martin had announced the project at the recent ordination of three new priests for the Archdiocese. The model will be based on  the concept of Team Ministry” envisaged by Canon 517 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law, by which the pastoral care of a number of  parishes is entrusted to a team of priests, working with deacons, religious and lay people.

Each Parish will retain its own identify and each will have its own Parish Pastoral Council and Finance Committee at least one resident priest and a Rector Ecclesia, a specific priest who will have responsibility for the management of the individual parish Church. Overall responsibility and pastoral planning will, however, be shared by common counsel (c. 543 2º) and according to a plan determined by the members of the team (c. 543 § 1).

The work of each team will be coordinated by a priest Moderator.  His role will be one of primus inter pares, since each of the Team Members has an equal responsibility within the entire pastoral area. Each of the priest members of the team will celebrate Mass in each of the parish Churches and is bound to fulfill the duties and obligations of a Parish Priest referred to in cc. 528-530, 543. In addition, each Priest is also responsible to the Archbishop and to the faithful of the Parishes.    

The model is both as an incentive for new initiatives of pastoral care and evangelization and a support to priests.  It does not envisage lessening in any way the necessary role of Parish Pastoral Councils or other groups of lay collaboration. Team Ministry is a support structure aimed at fostering creativity and new initiatives in the service of evangelization and of supporting a variety of ministries in an area wider than an individual parish. Certain administrative services can be carried on more efficiently by lay people on a broader scale.   It will also allow for the expansion of specific ministries – such as youth ministry – in the pastoral area which it would be difficult for an individual parish to sustain.

It is proposed initially to establish such Pastoral Areas comprising of the parishes:

1.      Crumlin, Mourne Road and Clogher Road
2.      Rolestown, Garristown and the Naul
3.      Balinteer, Meadowbrook and Dundrum
4.      Rathfarnham, Churchtown and Ballyroan

The initiative will begin in September.  Archbishop Martin will be meeting the new teams in the coming weeks, together with the Parish Pastoral Council and the Finance Committees of each parish.    
Dublin Diocesan Appointments
Summer 2008

Effective Date  1st September 2008

Team Ministry

Crumlin / Mourne Road / Clogher Road

Mgr. John Deasy – Moderator                                              Crumlin  
Fr. Declan Blake                                                                   Mourne Road  
Fr. Michael Kelly (Newly ordained)                                      Crumlin
Fr. Denis Robinson                                                               Mourne Road
Fr. Peter Coffey, S.D.B.                                                       Crumlin

(Team Assistants)
Fr. Andrew Ryder, S.C.J.                                                    Mourne Road
Fr. Paddy Brewster S.D.B,                                                  Crumlin 
Fr. John Foster S.D.B,                                                         Crumlin

(Clogher Road – Appointment pending)

Rathfarnham / Churchtown / Ballyroan

Fr. Martin Noone – Moderator                                              Rathfarnham
Fr. Dermot Nestor                                                               Churchtown
Fr. Brendan Madden                                                           Ballyroan
Fr. Gerard Young                                                               Churchtown

(Team Assistant)

Fr. Joe Hanlon                                                                    Rathfarnham

Ballinteer / Meadowbrook / Dundrum

Fr. Richard Behan – Moderator                                          Ballinteer
Fr. James O’Sullivan                                                           Ballinteer              
Fr. Kieran McDermot                                                           Dundrum
Fr. Peter Healy                                                                    Dundrum
Fr. Joseph Whelan                                                              Meadowbrook 

(Team Assistant)
Fr. Donal Doherty PE                                                          Dundrum
Fr. John Patrick Batelle PE                                                  Ballinteer

Rolestown / Garristown / The Naul

Fr. Denis Delaney – Moderator                                           The Naul
Fr. Tommy McGowan                                                         Garristown
Fr. John Keegan                                                                 Rolestown
Fr. John Carey                                                                    Oldtown
(Team Assistant)

Fr. Brendan McAleer                                                          Garristown
Fr. Patsy Fagan                                                                  The Naul


Oblate Parishes: St. Michael’s Inchicore/Mary Immaculate Inchicore/Our Lady of the Wayside,Bluebell

Fr. Michael O Connor OMI                                                      Moderator

Priest Pastoral Leaders

Fr. Michael Guckian OMI
Fr. Patsy Carolan OMI
Fr. Dermot Mills OMI
Fr. Ray Warren OMI

Other Pastoral Team Members

Br. Frank Flanagan OMI
Sr. Marie Behan RSM
Sr. Mairead Holton CHF
Ms Joanne Lanigan
Sr. Ann Ryan CFH


Ashford                                –          Fr. Kevin Rowan                 –           Administrator
Arklow                                  –          Fr. Martin Cosgrove            –           Parish Priest
Ballybrack                             –          Fr. Alex Conlan                   –           Parish Priest
Ballywaltrim                          –          Fr. Hugh O’Donnell OFM      –           Chaplain
Beechwood Avenue            –          Fr. Bernard Kennedy          –           Administrator
Blackrock                              –       Fr Michael Collins                   –          Curate
Blanchardstown                  –           Fr. Pat Guckian                   –           Curate
Blessington & Valleymount  –           Fr. Teddy Downes               –           Curate
Bray – Holy Redeemer         –           Fr. Derek Smith                     –           Parish Priest
Cabinteely                            –           Fr. Arthur O’Neil                   –           Administrator
Cabra – Christ the King        –           Fr. Tommy O’Shaughnessy  –           Curate
Donaghmede                       –            Fr. Eoin McCrystal                –           Parish Priest

                                            –            Fr Bernard Collier                 –          Curate

Dun Laoghaire & Glasthule –            Mgr. Dan O’Connor              –           Parish Priest
                                            –            Fr. William Farrell                 –           Curate
                                            –            Fr. Patrick Monaghan          –           Curate
                                            –            Fr. Denis Kennedy C.S.Sp  –           Curate
Dunlavin                              –            Fr. Anthony O’Shaughnessy           Administrator
Greystones                        –            Fr. Dan Nguyen (newly ordained)    Curate
Harold’s Cross                   –            Fr. Gerry Kane                    –             Parish Priest
Kill o’ the Grange                –             Fr. John Killeen                    –            Parish Priest
Malahide & Yellow Walls   –              Fr. Frank Reburn                 –            Curate
Marino                                –              Fr. Tom Noone                    –            Parish Priest
Milltown                              –               Fr. Gerard Deegan               –          Administrator
Mount Merrion                    –              Fr. Andrew O’Sullivan           –          Curate
Newtownpark Avenue      –                 Fr. Dermot Leycock            –          Parish Priest
Rathgar                              –               Fr. Frank Sammon, SJ,         –           Curate
Saggart                              –              Fr. Enda Cunningham            –           Parish Priest
Skerries                                            Fr. Richard Hyland                –           Parish Priest
                                                         Fr. Richard Shannon (newly ordained) – Curate
Templeogue                                     Fr. Aquinas Duffy                  –            Parish Priest 
Valleymount (& Blessington)            Fr. Tim Murphy                      –           Parish Priest
Yellow Walls   (& Malahide)             Fr. Gerry Tanham                 –            Parish Priest