Fr. Desmond Hillery, Administrator of the Killaloe Diocese has made the clerical appointments for 2016 in the diocese. These changes take effect on Monday 1st August.
1. Pastoral Plan Killaloe Diocese 2013-2020 ‘Builders of Hope’
The Diocese of Killaloe recently undertook a Mid-Term Evaluation of
the Implementation of the Pastoral Plan. Following on from the
recommendations contained in this evaluation it was decided that Fr. Ger
Nash be appointed to the role of Director of Pastoral Development and
will continue as Killaloe Diocesan Secretary.
2. Cluster of ImeallBoirne
The parishes of Imeall Boirne (Corofin, Crusheen, Ruan and Tubber)
will be ministered by Frs. Pat O’Neill, Damien Nolan and Seamus Nohilly
SMA. The reduction in the number of priests in the cluster will be
addressed in all four parishes with Fr. Damien Nolan as Moderator who
will co-ordinate the administration of the Cluster. This transition will
be facilitated by Fr. Ger Nash, Director of Pastoral Development and by
the Pastoral Workers of Killaloe Diocese.
3. Cloughjordan Parish
The parish of Cloughjordan has been served by the priests of the
Cluster of Cois Deirige since January 2016. I thank the priests of Cois
Deirge for their attention to the Parish of Cloughjordan during this
time. The priests of Nenagh Parish will now take on this responsibility.
Appropriate changes will take place in Nenagh and Cloughjordan Parishes
in order to fulfil this extra responsibility. Fr. Ger Jones is
appointed Administrator of the Parish of Cloughjordan along with his
present appointment in Nenagh Parish. Fr. Des Hillery and Fr. Michael
Geraghty will assist him while continuing their present appointments in
Nenagh Parish. This transition will be facilitated by Fr. Ger Nash,
Director of Pastoral Development and by the Pastoral Workers of Killaloe
The rapidly expanding world of social media places a particular
challenge on the Diocese and to meet this demand Fr. Michael Geraghty
will be responsible for Social Media and our engaging with this area.
Fr. Michael will be assisted by a team that he will be in charge of
forming. This role is in conjunction with the Office of Communications.
5. Healthcare Chaplain
Fr. Tom O’Gorman will coordinate the support network of Catholic
Healthcare Chaplains in the Diocese of Killaloe. This role will entail
liaising with the National Catholic Healthcare Chaplains of Ireland and
the Healthcare Chaplains of Killaloe Diocese.