On Wednesday, 13 December 2017 Bishop John McAreavey announced the following personnel changes in the diocese of Dromore. The changes will come into effect on Friday, 5 January 2018:
1. Canon Liam Stevenson, parish priest of Seapatrick (Banbridge), to be parish priest, St Peter’s and St Paul’s, Lurgan. He will be Vicar General of the diocese.
2. Monsignor Aidan Hamill will carry out some chaplaincy services in the diocese and will assist with diocesan administration (details still under consideration);
3. Canon Jarlath Cushenan, parish priest of Clonduff, to retire;
4. Rev Charles Byrne, parish priest of Burren, Mayobridge and Drumgath to be parish priest of Clonduff and Drumgath;
5. Andrew McMahon, Adm, St Peter’s and St Paul’s, Lurgan to be parish priest, Seapatrick (Banbridge);
6. Rev Desmond Loughran, currently on sick leave, to be parish priest, Dromore;
7. Rev Desmond Mooney, curate in Moyraverty and Seagoe, to be parish priest, Burren and Mayobridge;
8. Rev Vincent McKay, Holy Ghost congregation, will assist in the parishes of the Seapatrick pastoral area.
9. Fr Mario Jachym (Society of Christ), Adm., Saval, to assist in Newry parish; the priests of Newry parish will celebrate a Mass in Saval each weekend.
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