Shannon Parish Priest, Fr Tom Ryan, is returning home to his native Ennis to assume new responsibilities as part of Bishop Fintan Monahan’s review of clerical appointments in the Killaloe Diocese.
During his 26 years in Shannon, Fr Tom has established himself at the heart of a community where he is loved, respected and held in the highest esteem by all who have known his friendship, generosity and wisdom.
Announcing the Diocesan Clerical Appointments for 2018, Bishop Monahan said they reflect the ongoing work of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan – Builders of Hope. The Killaloe Diocese of 58 parishes is being reorganised into 15 pastoral areas to reduce the size of some of the larger clusters.
The diocese comprises parts of Counties Clare, Tipperary, Offaly and Limerick, it covers 58 parishes and is served by 52 priests under the age of 75 and 38 priests over the age of 75.
Following the reorganisation, Shannon Parish will be in Pastoral Area 6 (Tradaree) with Newmarket-on-Fergus and Sixmilebridge.
This area will be served by three priests, and two who are semi-retired as follows: Fr Arnold Rosney, Fr Tom Fitzpatrick, Fr Francis Fr Xavier Kochuveettil, along with Fr Harry Bohan and Canon Brendan O’Donoghue). Fr Arnold Rosney has been appointed Vicar Forane.
Diocesan Appointments to take effect from Friday, July 20th.
Very Rev. Tom Ryan, PP, Shannon to be Co-PP and Vicar Forane of the Abbey Pastoral Area 5, residing in Ennis.
Rev. Arnold Rosney, CC, Shannon to be Co-PP Shannon and Vicar Forane of the Tradaree Pastoral Area 6.
Very Rev. Harry Bohan, PP, Sixmilebridge to retire as PP of Sixmilebridge but to continue to be a pastor in Sixmilebridge and the Tradaree Pastoral Area 6.
Rev. Francis Xavier Kochuveettil, Kerala, Shannon to be CC, in Tradaree Pastoral Area 6, resident in Shannon.
Very Rev. Pat Mulcahy, PP, Lorrha to be Co-PP, Scáth na Sionnaine Pastoral Area 10, resident in Clonlara.
Very Rev. Tom Hogan, PP, Ennis to be Co-PP, Birr and Vicar Forane of the Brendan Pastoral Area 14, residing in Birr.
Very Rev. Michael Sheedy, Adm, Kilrush to continue as Adm for one more year and to continue to provide pastoral assistance to Pastoral Area 2.
Very Rev. Seán Sexton, Adm, Inagh/Kilnamona to retire as Adm and to remain as AP and provide pastoral assistance to the Críocha Callan Pastoral Area 4.
Very Rev. John Jones, Adm, to remain in Mountshannon as AP and to continue to provide pastoral assistance to the Pastoral Area 9.
Very Rev. Tim O’Brien, PP, Youghalarra to retire as PP and to remain in Ballywilliam as AP and to continue to offer pastoral assistance to the Pastoral Area 11.
Very Rev. Brendan Lawlor, CC, Tulla to be AP Tulla, continuing to reside in Tulla and offering pastoral assistance to the Pastoral Area 7.
Very Rev. Seamus Nohilly, SMA, Co-PP, Tubber to return to the SMA Fathers.
Very Rev. Pat Greed, PP, Clonlara to be Co-PP and Vicar Forane, Pastoral Area 12, residing in Cloughjordan.
Very Rev. William Teehan, PP, Templederry to be Co-PP, and Vicar Forane of Scáth na Sionnaine Pastoral Area 10, resident in Castleconnell.
Very Rev. Brendan Kyne, PP, Castleconnell to be Co-PP, Radharc na nÓiléan Pastoral Area 3, resident in Ballycorick.
Very Rev. Donagh O’Meara, PP, Ogonnelloe to be Co-PP, Críocha Callan Pastoral Area 4, resident in Mullagh.
Very Rev. Anthony McMahon, PP, Mullagh to take leave of absence.
Very Rev. David Carroll, PP, Birr to be Co-PP, Pastoral Area 9 and Vicar Forane, resident in Bodyke.
Very Rev. Brendan Quinlivan, Adm, Tulla, based in Ennis to be Co-PP and Vicar Forane for Pastoral Area 7 to now reside in Tulla.
Rev. Fergal O’Neill, CC, Portroe to be Co-PP, Pastoral Area 9, resident in Ogonelloe.
Very Rev. Tom O’Gorman, Adm, Cloughleigh to be Co-PP, Abbey Pastoral Area 5, resident in Quin.
Rev. Gerard Fitzgerald, CC, Ennis to be Co-PP, Abbey Pastoral Area 5, resident in Cloughleigh, Ennis.
Rev. Gerard Jones, CC, Nenagh to be Co-PP, Pastoral Area 12, resident in Portroe.
Rev. Paddy McMahon, CC, Bridgetown to be AP to Radharc na nOiléan Pastoral Area 3, resident in Leabasheeda.
Rev. Rexon Chullickal, Kerala, Birr to be CC in Pastoral Area 12, resident Nenagh.
Rev. Martin Shanahan, newly ordained to be Co-PP in Críocha Callan Pastoral Area 4 and resident in Inagh.