Bishop William Crean to ordain Rev Patrick O’Donoghue to the priesthood

22 Nov 2013

Bishop William Crean to ordain Rev Patrick O’Donoghue to the priesthood                                                        

Bishop William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne, will ordain Rev Patrick O’Donoghue to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Cloyne this Sunday 24 November at 2.00pm in Saint Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, Co. Cork.

Patrick (35) is a native of Castlemartyr in East County Cork.  His parents are David and Maura O’Donoghue, and he has three brothers and one sister.  Born in April 1978, he attended Youghal Presentation Convent National School, Youghal Christian Brothers NS and Castlemartyr NS and received his second level education at Midleton Christian Brothers Secondary School.  He completed his Leaving Certificate in 1995, and graduated with a degree in Pharmacy, from Trinity College Dublin in 2003.  He has worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry and in Community Pharmacy in Dublin and Cork.  He undertook his studies for the priesthood, in two periods, from 1998-2002 and 2009-2013.  He undertook his undergraduate studies in Theology at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, graduating with a Baccalaureate in Divinity in 2010, before studying at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, graduating with a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 2013.  During his time in the seminary Patrick undertook various pastoral placements, including a pastoral year in the parish of Mitchelstown, County Cork.  He was ordained to the Diaconate on Tuesday 2 April 2013 in the Basilica of Saints John and Paul in Rome by Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly.

Patrick will celebrate his first Mass on Monday 25 November at 7.00pm in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Mogeely.

The Diocese of Cloyne has three other men training for the priesthood at present.  Anyone interested in applying to study for the priesthood in Cloyne is invited to contact their local priest or Father Patrick Relihan, Director of Vocations, at 024 92456.


Notes to Editors:

Patrick O’Donoghue is available for interview and can be contacted at the numbers below

Reporters and photographers are welcome to the Ordination ceremony, and also to the First Mass.

The Diocese of Cloyne has 46 parishes and covers east, north and mid County Cork.

For media contact: Father Jim Killeen, Diocesan Communications Officers of the Diocese of Cloyne,  021 4811430, 00353 (0) 87 2053938; Catholic Communications Office Maynooth 00353 (1) 505 3017