Murragh and Templemartin Parish has been preparing a long time for this historic moment and parishioners volunteered to do everything from forming a special choir to erecting marquees to accommodate the overflow from the church.

Ronan’s family and friends also took an active part in the liturgy with his sister Orlaith proclaiming the First Reading.  The congregation responded with a warm round of applause when his parents Denise and Bud put the vestments of a priest on Ronan for the first time just after he was ordained a priest by the laying on of hands of Bishop Fintan.  Addressing the congregation during the Ordination Mass, Bishop Fintan Gavin said that Fr Sheehan joins a long line of priests and religious from the parish over the past 200 years.  Speaking directly to the candidate for ordination, the bishop reminded Fr. Sheehan that priesthood is about service.

“Ronan, you are called to act in a unique way in the person of Christ in the Eucharist and the other sacraments. Acting in the person of Christ means that a priest can never put himself or his personal opinion at the centre of his ministry.”

“He is called to lead people not to himself but to Christ,” the bishop said.

Fr. Sheehan will celebrate his First Mass on Monday 19 September - 7:00pm at Newcestown Church where he received the sacraments for the first time while in school.

On Tuesday evening he will celebrate Mass at the second church of the parish in Farnivane where he was baptised.

The Ordination to Priesthood of Fr Ronan Sheehan at St. John the Baptist Church, Newcestown, by BIshop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross. (Photo: Peter Pietrzak)Deacon Ronan Sheehan sits with his family during the first part of the Ordination Mass


The Ordination to Priesthood of Fr Ronan Sheehan at St. John the Baptist Church, Newcestown, by BIshop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross. (Photo: Peter Pietrzak)During the Litany of the Saints, Deacon Ronan lays prostrate before the altar


The Ordination to Priesthood of Fr Ronan Sheehan at St. John the Baptist Church, Newcestown, by BIshop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross. (Photo: Peter Pietrzak)The Laying on of Hands by the bishop – the moment of priestly ordination


The Ordination to Priesthood of Fr Ronan Sheehan at St. John the Baptist Church, Newcestown, by BIshop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross. (Photo: Peter Pietrzak)Concelebrating priests at the altar with the bishop


After the Ordination to Priesthood of Fr Ronan Sheehan at St. John the Baptist Church, Newcestown, by BIshop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross, Fr Ronan is pictured with Bishop Fintan, his parents Denise and Bud Sheehan and his sisters Aoibhe, Leona, Ciara and Orlaith. (Photo: Peter Pietrzak)Fr. Ronan Sheehan with his parents and sisters


 Fr Ronan Sheehan imparts his First Blessing to his parents Denise and Bud Sheehan after being ordained a priest by Bishop Fintan Gavin at St. John the Baptist Church, Newcestown. (Photo: Peter Pietrzak)Fr. Ronan imparts his first blessing to his parents Denise and Bud

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