27 August 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The current and future challenges that the shortage of clergy will pose to the operation of Roman Catholic parishes in the diocese of Clogher was commented upon this week by Bishop Larry Duffy as he announced a number of clerical changes in the diocese. Among the appointments announced was that of a Diocesan Director – Very Rev Canon Pat McHugh – for the Synodal Pathway announced by the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference in March of this year, which Bishop Duffy described as “a new journey and “a period of prayerful reflection on what God is calling his Church to be at this point in time and into the future”. Bishop Duffy has appointed Very Rev Paudge McDonnell PP, Clontibret to be PE Clontibret, with Very Rev Adrian Walsh having his existing Parish Priest duties for Castleblayney (Muckno) and Aughnamullen East extended to also include Clontibret.

In a Pastoral Letter to the people of the parishes of Augnamullen East, Ballybay, Clontibret and Muckno (see below), Bishop Duffy spoke of the major changes the parishes were facing, and the challenges presented to parishes generally in the diocese by the shortage in the number of priests. He assured the parishes that they would each retain their own identity and would continue to have responsibility for their own financial affairs. All churches would remain in use and no church would be closed, the Bishop emphasised. Bishop Duffy has also appointed Rev Seán Mulligan CC, Carrickmacross to be CC Fintona (Donacavey); and Rev Kevin…

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