9 April 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

A 38-YEARS-OLD Ballybay man, who is member of a well known family in the area, was ordained as a deacon for the priesthood, in Rome this week, by Bishop of Galway Most Rev. Martin Drennan.

The Ballybay deacon, Reverend Stephen Duffy, was one of two students of the Pontifical Irish College in Rome.
The other deacon to be ordained was Reverend Daniel Gallagher (25) from Bohermore in Galway city.

The Bishop of Galway travelled to Rome for the special ceremony on Tuesday last.

The Ballybay deacon, Reverend Duffy has a background in management in the food industry, and Reverend Gallagher is a graduate of Irish and history from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The liturgy was celebrated in the Church of San Silvestro in Capite, an 8th century minor basilica dedicated to Pope Sylvester I, which is under the care of the Irish Pallotine Fathers, and is the titular church of Cardinal Desmond Connell, Archbishop Emeritus of Dublin, who is its cardinal priest.

In a moving ceremony, in which the new deacons were…

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