Priests in Achonry

From Achonry Diocese page….

Priests in Achonry

Our Bishop-Elect, Paul Dempsey, comes to us as one of the youngest priests in our diocese.

Looking at our situation, as it stands today, including retired priests, the age-profile of our priests is:

  • six over the age of 80
  • seven aged between 70-80
  • ten aged between 60-70,
  • ten aged between 50-60,
  • three aged between 40-50 (four when Bishop-Elect Dempsey joins us)
  • and nobody under 40.

There are twenty-three parishes in the diocese and fifty churches.  At present there are 25 priests in Parish Ministry.

There is no doubt but that we are heading to a point where changes will have to be addressed – indeed, we have most likely passed that point.

There must however, remain hope!

As we welcome a new bishop, might it be a time to encourage a-fresh and pray renewed, that some might hear God’s call to serve the church of Achonry as a Diocesan Priest?

Fr Paul Kivlehan is our Vocations Director.  He may be contacted at the Presbytery, Ballaghaderreen or on

We the people of Keash and Culfadda, in our prayers each day, must ask the Almighty to honour our diocese with the blessing of new Religious. We pray that some young men or maybe older men will hear and answer God’s invitation to the Priesthood. We prayer for our present religious. We understand that they are men and women susceptible to sin like anyone else, needing our regular prayers. Are there ways that we can in some small way support our religious to make their roles easier……

By our faith and leading by example; we could possibly be God’s shining light, directing someone towards a religious life. We all have a role to play in encouraging others to at least consider a religious life.