A parishioner of Murragh and Templemartin parish has become the first person to be ordained by Bishop Fintan Gavin since he became bishop of the diocese.
Rev. Ronan Sheehan was ordained a deacon at a concelebrated Mass in the Cathedral on Sept 25th, the feast of St. Finbarr.
Rev. Sheehan is from the parish of Murragh and Templemartin, which includes Newcestown in West Cork and is preparing to be a priest of the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
Ronan’s parents Denise and Bud (to his right) were in the congregation at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne along with his sisters Ciara, Orlaith and Aoibhe, brother-in-law Trevor and niece Gia. His sister Leona in Portsmouth joined via live-stream.
In his homily at the ordination, Bishop Fintan highlighted the important role of the community in encouraging a vocation to priesthood.
“Ministries spring from the community, out of the faith of the people. Ministries like the diaconate are not just functions, but involve becoming closer to Jesus Christ, with a specific style of life and a spirituality appropriate to the calling,” he said.
“Your vocation springs from and out of Christ’s people, beginning with your parents and your family, and the parish community of Murragh and Templemartin where your faith was nurtured, in which you grew up,” Bishop Fintan said addressing Ronan before his ordination.
The Ordination Mass was concelebrated by priests of the diocese and priests from St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where Ronan has studied and undertaken his formation.