Permanent Diaconate

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

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

Contact details

Chairperson Council for the Clergy
Bishop Raymond Browne
Bishop’s House
Killarney 
Co Kerry
Tel: 064-6631168
Email: bishop@dioceseofkerry.ie 

National Director of the Permanent Diaconate
Rev Dr Michael Duignan
St Mary’s
Sligo
Tel: +353 (98) 6894467
Email: mgduignan@gmail.com

National Focus Group on the Permanent Diaconate
Bishop Raymond Browne (Kerry); Rev Michael Duignan (National Director) Rev John Gilligan (Dublin); Rev Eoin Mangan (Kerry); Deacon Frank Rice (Dromore)

National Training Authority for the Permanent Diaconate
Bishop Raymond Browne (Chairperson); Rev Michael Duignan (Secretary); 

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About

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. These norms were approved for a further five years in 2011.

In March 2009 the Bishops appointed a national training authority 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. It is chaired by Bishop Raymond Browne.

Diocesan Contacts

Armagh
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Fr Brian White CC, Parochial House, Main St, Blackrock, Co. Louth
Tel: (042) 9322244
Email:roadbowler@hotmail.com

Dublin
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Fr John Gilligan, St Mary’s Parochial House, Saggart, Co Dublin
Tel: 087 4103239
Email: jgilligan@abhouse.org

Tuam
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Fr Stephen Farragher, Parochial House, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo
Tel: (094) 9630006
Email: stephenfarragher@gmail.com

Achonry
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Very Rev Dermot Meehan PP, The Parochial House, Swinford, Co Mayo
Tel: 094-925 1790
Email: dtmeehan@hotmail.com

Ardagh and Clonmacnoise
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Rev Aidan Ryan PP. The Parochial House, Ballinahowan, Athlone, Co Westmeath
Tel: 090 6430124
Email: aidanfryan@eircom.net

Clogher
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Rt Rev Msgr Peter O’Reilly, 1 Darling Street, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh BT74 7DP, Northern Ireland
Tel: 028-6632075 ext. 3
Email: pp@st-michaels.net

Cloyne
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Rev. William Bermingham, PP, The Parochial House, Blarney, Co. Cork
Tel: 021 4385105 / 087 6561048
Email: williambermingham@eircom.net

Cork and Ross
Director of Permanent Diaconate
Very Rev Canon Bertie O’Mahony, Parochial House, Model Farm Road, Cork
Tel: 021 4346940
E-mail: holyspiritparish@eircom.net

Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate
Rev Billy O’Sullivan, The Presbytery, Turners Cross, Cork
Tel: 021 4313103
Email: frbillyosullivan@gmail.com

Down and Connor
Director of Permanent Diaconate
Rev Alan McGuckian SJ, Living Church Office, Good Shepherd Centre, 511 Ormeau Road, Belfast, BT7 3GS
Tel: 028 90690920
Email: a.mcguckian@downandconnor.org

Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate
Rev Edward McGee, St Malachy’s Seminary, 120 Cliftonville Road, Belfast BT14 6LA
Tel: 028 90268286
Email: e.mcgee@downandconnor.org

Dromore
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Deacon Frank Rice, 38-40 Hill Street, Newry, Co Down BT34 1AT I have a different address
Tel: 048-3026 2586
Email: ricefa@aol.com

Elphin
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Rev Dr Michael Duignan, St Mary’s, Sligo
Tel: 071 916
Email: mgduignan@gmail.com

Ferns
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Denis P Lennon, 39 Beechlawn, Clonard, Wexford
Tel: 053 9124417
Email:denle@eircom.net

Kerry
Director of Permanent Diaconate 
Rev Nicholas Flynn, Bishop’s House, Killarney, Co Kerry
Tel: 064 6631168
Email: diosec@dioceseofkerry.ie

Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate
Rev Eoin Mangan, The Presbytery, Knocknagoshel, Co Kerry
Tel: 087 2401201
Email: eoin@mangan.com

Kildare and Leighlin
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Fr Ruairi Ó Domhnaill, The Presbytery, Dublin Road, Carlow
Tel: 083 3343744
Email: ruairiodomhnaill@gmail.com

Kilmore
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Mgr Michael Cooke, The Parochial House, Belturbet, Co Cavan
Tel: 049 952 2109
Email: michaelcooke@eircom.net

Waterford and Lismore
Director of Permanent Diaconate and Director of Formation
Fr Patrick Fitzgerald, Parochial House, Lisduggan, Waterford
Tel: 051 372 257
Email: frpatfitzgerald@gmail.com

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