The Bishop of Achonry has urged the people of his diocese to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life and that the lay faithful will also respond to the Lord’s call.
Bishop Paul Dempsey made his appeal in a letter published on the website of the diocese earlier today, Friday, June 4, announcing new clerical appointments.
The changes, which will take effect on August 15 next, will see Fr Vincent Sherlock, Parish Priest of Kilmovee become Parish Priest of Tubbercurry; Fr Joseph Gavigan, the Parish Priest of Ballaghaderreen appointed as Parish Priest of Kilmovee and Fr Paul Kivlehan, Curate in Ballaghaderreen, appointed Administrator of Ballaghaderreen.
The Bishop explained that the changes will result in there being one priest in each of the parishes of the diocese, with retired priests and those in education assisting by providing cover when needed.
He noted that the changes in the parish of Ballaghaderreen will required amended schedules.
He also thanked the people of Tubbercurry for their patience in awaiting the appointment of a new Parish Priest expressed appreciation to Fr. Peter Gallagher and Fr. Dan O’Mahony for looking after that parish in the interim.
He also expressed his deep gratitude to Fr. Vincent, Fr. Joe and Fr. Paul for their service and generosity and wished them well in their new appointments.
Acknowledging that bigger questions will have to be answered as planning for the future of the Diocese continues, the Bishop concluded:
“We do not need to be fearful about the future as there are opportunities at this time to renew the life of the Church in Achonry and we know in faith that the Spirit always provides.
“In the light of this I ask that we continue to encourage and pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life and for the vocation of the lay faithful that we would be generous in responding to the Lord’s call to “go out into the deep” (Lk.5:4).”