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Northern Ireland priest ordained as deacon in Rome

By David Young

Published 02/04/2016

A Northern Ireland priest is one of two Irishmen to be ordained as deacons in Rome this week
A Northern Ireland priest is one of two Irishmen to be ordained as deacons in Rome this week

A Northern Ireland priest is one of two Irishmen to be ordained as deacons in Rome this week.

Reverend Malachy Gallagher (32), from Coleraine, and Reverend Bill O'Shaughnessy (28), from Co Kildare, became deacons at a ceremony in St Mark's Basilica.

In his homily during the Mass, Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown, encouraged the deacons "not to be afraid to accompany their contemporaries on their journeys. Have a divine patience and love for those to whom you will be sent to proclaim the Resurrection... Learn how to speak of the hope that is in Jesus Christ".

"I encourage you to listen to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches - and especially to the churches of Dublin and Derry.

"The uncomfortable word of God that calls us to repent has to be heard by us before we can ask others to repent and be baptised. The temptation for Church in modern Ireland is to retreat behind ramparts of self-righteousness and fear. That is where many would like us to be, roaring from behind the walls but talking only to ourselves," the Bishop said.

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