The Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran has announced a number of changes in pastoral responsibilities in the Diocese of Elphin and provided updates on some appointments previously announced.
Parish of Ballintubber/Ballymoe (effective June 1st 2020): Fr. Joe Poole (CSSp PP) has returned to his congregation to take up a new assignment. Fr. Pat O’Toole (CSSp CC) has been appointed Pastoral Coordinator, Ballintubber and Ballymoe, and Deacon John Mahony has been appointed Administrator, Ballintubber and Ballymoe.
Parish of Oran (effective August 1st 2020): Fr. Irek Kuzmicki (PP), a priest of the Diocese of Warmia, Poland, has returned to his Diocese to take up a new assignment, and Fr. Pravin Dhason (CC, Roscommon), a priest of the Diocese of Kottar, India, has been appointed PP, Oran.
Parish of Kilglass, Rooskey and Slatta (effective August 1st 2020): Fr. Evaristus Nkede (CC, Knockcroghery), a priest of the Diocese of Kumba, Cameroon has been appointed PP, Kilglass, Rooskey and Slatta, following the recent death of Fr. Martin Mulvaney (PP).
Diocesan Healthcare Chaplaincy Team (effective 1st August 2020): Following the retirement of Fr. Brian Conway (SPS) at the end of April 2020, Ms. Colette Furlong has been appointed to the Diocesan Healthcare Chaplaincy Team (in addition to her present role with Sligo Cluster of Parishes). Fr. Hugh McGonagle (CC, Calry) has been appointed to the Diocesan Healthcare Chaplaincy Team, in addition to his present parish responsibilities.
Chaplaincy, St. Angela’s College, Sligo: Fr. Julian Lupot (PP, Aughanagh) has been appointed to the role of Sacramental Chaplain at St. Angela’s College, Clogherevagh, Sligo in addition to his parochial responsibilities. This appointment was previously held by Bishop Michael Duignan.
Parish of Ahascragh and Caltra: Following his period of sabbatical leave in London, Fr. John Cullen has completed his quarantine and will be taking up his appointment in Ahascragh and Caltra during the coming week. He also takes over as Editor of intercom Magazine.
Pontifical Irish College Rome: Fr. John Coughlan, who was in Rome throughout the pandemic, was appointed Vice-Rector at the Pontifical Irish College at Easter, having previously been Director of Formation.
Star of the Sea Retreat Centre (effective September 1st 2020): Sr. Kathleen Rooney will resign her role as Director of Star of the Sea Retreat Centre, Mullaghmore at the end of August to take up a new assignment with her Congregation. The new Director, Louise Hayden, and Associate Director, Deacon Frank McGuinness, will take over responsibility for the Centre on September 1st.
Bishop Kevin said: “I take this opportunity to thank all of the priests and deacons of the Diocese, as well as our lay staff and religious sisters, who have worked so hard over these past months to serve the pastoral and spiritual needs of our parishioners and who have more recently been working with their parish teams to recommence the public pastoral life of the Church. I express my appreciation in particular to all who have agreed to accept new appointments in this rather strange and challenging year. I wish Fr. Irek every blessing as he leaves the Diocese to begin his new mission”.