Permanent Diaconate

The Council of the Permanent Diaconate of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

This Council comes under the Episcopal Commission for Worship, Pastoral and Faith Development

Contact details

Fr Michael Duignan
(Coordinator of the Formation Programme)
St Mary’s
Tel: +353 (0)71-916 2670

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In 2001 the Irish Episcopal Conference received permission from the Holy See to proceed with the restoration of the Permanent Diaconate in Ireland. In 2005 approval was received for the document The Permanent Diaconate: National Directory and Norms for Ireland and this document was subsequently published by the Irish Bishops.

In March 2009 the Bishops appointed a national training authority under the chairmanship of Bishop Donal McKeown to approve and monitor formation for permanent deacons in this country. This body ensures that the preparation of candidates for ordination to the diaconate is in keeping with the expectations of the Church.

Diocesan contacts

Fr John Gates, Parochial House, 30 King Street, Magherafelt, Co Derry, BT 45 6AS
Tel: 048 7963 2439
Fr John Gilligan, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3
Tel: 01 8379253
Cork and Ross
Canon Bertie O’Mahony, Woodlawn, Model Farm Road, Ballineaspaig, Co Cork
Tel: 021 4346818.
Down and Connor
Fr Alan McGuckian SJ,Good Shepherd Centre, 511 Ormeau Road, BELFAST, BT7 3GS
Tel: 048-9069092
Fr John Byrne, 38-40 Hill Street, Newry, Co Down BT34 1AT
Tel: 048-3026 2586
Fr Michael Duignan, St Mary’s, Sligo
Tel: 071 9162670
Canon Eoin Mangan, The Presbytery, Knocknagoshel, Co Kerry
Tel: 068 46107
Kildare and Leighlin
Fr Ruairi Ó Domhnaill, The Presbytery, Ballymany, Newbridge, Co Kildare
Tel: 045 434 069
Fr Albert McDonnell, Parochial House, Kildysart, Co Clare
Tel: 065-6832155
Fr Gabriel Kelly, Kinawley, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh
Tel: 048 6634 8250
Waterford and Lismore
Fr Patrick Fitzgerald, Parochial House, Lisduggan, Waterford
Tel: 051 372 257

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