VICAR GENERAL, DEAN
Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dermot Moloney PP, VG, 5 Gold Cave, Crescent, Tuam, Co. Galway. Tel 093 52946
Sr. Mary Lyons, RSM, JCD
Address: Archbishop’s House, Tuam, Co. Galway. Tel: 093-24166. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Venerable Patrick Williams, PE, Teaghlach Uilinn, Moycullen, Co. Galway, Retired.
Rev. Francis Mitchell, Archbishop’s House, Tuam, Co. Galway. Tel: 093 24166. E-mail: email@example.com
Staff at Archbishop’s House June 2016
Front Row: Ms. Anne Walsh, Mrs. Noreen Raftery, Mrs. Anne Gormally, Mrs. Ellen Dooley, Sr. Mary Lyons.
Back Row: Mgr. John O’Boyle, Fr. Fintan Monahan, Archbishop Michael Neary, Mgr. Dermot Moloney, VG
CHAPLAINS TO HIS HOLINESS, THE POPE
Priests of the Archdiocese who, on the nomination of the Archbishop, have been chosen by the Holy See for this honorary position which confers on them the title of “Monsignor”.
Dermot Moloney, PE, VG, Tuam, John O’Boyle, Director of Education and Child Protection, Diocean Resource Office, Tuam.
The Vicars Forane are priests who are appointed for specific leadership roles within each deanery.
The present Vicars Forane are:
Joseph O’Brien, P.P., Abbeyknockmoy; Tuam Deanery.
Brendan Kilcoyne, P.P., Athenry; Athenry Deanery.
James Ronayne, P.P., Clifden; Clifden Deanery.
Fergal Cunnane, P.P., Dunmore, Dunmore Deaneary.
Charlie McDonnell, Adm., Westport; Westport Deanery.
Conal Eustace, P.P., Castlebar; Castlebar Deanery.
Martin O’Connor, P.P., Ballindine; Claremorris Deanery.
Paddy Gilligan, P.P., Cong: Ballinrobe Deanery.
COUNCIL OF PRIESTS
The Code of Canon Law defines a Council of Priests of a Diocese as : A group of priests who represent the presbyterium and who are to be, as it were, the Bishop’s senate. The Council’s role is to assist the Bishop, in accordance with the law, in the governance of the diocese, so that the pastoral welfare of that portion of the people of God entrusted to the Bishop may be effectively promoted. (Canon 495)
The Council’s role is to assist the Bishop in a consultative capacity.
The Tuam Diocesan Council holds office for three years and is made up of:
(a) Ex officio members, Archbishop Neary and Rt. Rev. Msgr. Dermot Moloney, Vicar General.
(b) Elected representatives of the Various Deaneries and Age-Groups.
(c) Individual priests appointed by the Archbishop for specific reasons.
Members of the Present Council
The Sixteenth Council was elected in 2015. They meet in the Diocesan Resource Centre in the Grounds of St. Jarlath’s College. Rev. Seán Cunningham is Chairman, Canon Brendan Kilcoyne is Vice-Chairperson, Very Rev. Michéal Mannion is the Treasurer and Rev. Shane Sullivan is the Secretary.
Standing l-r: Brendan Kilcoyne, Máirtín Ó Conaire, Shane Sullivan, John O Gorman, Jarlath Heraty, Stephen Farragher, Ronnie Boyle, Karl Burns, Martin O Connor, Dermot Molony.
Seated: l-R: Joe Feeney, Micheál Mannion, Sean Cunningham, Tod Nolan, +Michael Neary, John Walsh, Kieran Waldron. Photo Courtesy of Stephen Farragher.
Members of the 16th Council
Most Rev. Archbishop Michael Neary, Ex-officio
Rt. Rev. Mgr. Dermot Moloney, VG, Ex-officio
Age Group Reps
Very Rev. Kieran Canon Waldron Age Groups 1&2:
Very Rev. Martin Canon O’Connor Age Groups 3&4
Very Rev. Stephen Farragher Age Groups 5&6
Rev. Shane Sullivan Age Groups 7&8
Very Rev. Brendan Canon Kilcoyne Athenry
Very Rev. Micheál Mannion Ballinrobe
Rev. Sean Cunningham Castlebar
Very Rev. Peter Gannon Claremorris
Very Rev. Francis Mitchell Clifden
Very Rev. Joseph Feeney Dunmore
Very Rev. Jarlath Heraty Tuam
Rev. Karl Burns Westport
Very Rev. John Canon Walsh Archbishop’s Nominee
Very Rev. Ronnie Boyle Archbishop’s Nominee
Very Rev. Máirtín Ó Conaire Archbishop’s Nominee
Very Rev. John O’Gorman Archbishop’s Nominee
The Fifteenth Council came into existence in Spring 2012. Chairperson is Martin O’Connor and Stephen Farragher and Secretary is Karl Burns. Picture – Back Row: Stephen Farragher, Tony King, Pat Farragher, Francis Mitchell, Billy Reilly. Front Row: Ciarán Blake, Archbishop Michael Neary, Martin O’Connor, Karl Burns. Mgr. Dermot Moloney is missing from photo.
The Fourteenth Council came into existence on Friday, February, 20th, 2009 in the New Diocesan Resource Centre in the Grounds of St. Jarlath’s College. Fr. Ray Flahertyis the new Chairman, Fr. Sean Cunninghamis the Vice-chairman, Fr. Gerry Burns is the Treasurer and Fr. Pat Farragherl is the Secretary. We wish them well in their work during the term of the council.
Absent from photo: Mgr. John O’Boyle, Fr. Eamonn Concannon, Fr. Fr. Hughie Loftus, Fr. Ciarán Blake and Fr. Ronnie Boyle (This is a picture of the 13th Council – we await on of the 14th!)
Members of the 13th Council
Archbishop Michael Neary (ex-officio)
Dermot Moloney (ex-officio)
Age Group Reps: Paddy Williams, Des Fahey, Padraig O’Connor, Frank Fahey, Pat O’Brien, Hughie Loftus, Declan Carroll, Seán Cunningham.
Deanery Reps: Charlie McDonnell, Des Walsh, Joe Quinn, Ray Flaherty, Pat Donnellan, Conal Eustace, Michael Murphy, Gerry Burns.
Archbishop’s Nominees: Paddy Mullins (Parish), Benny McHale (Retreats), Peter Connolly (Gaeltacht), Pat Farragher (Pastoral Councils), Michael Gormally (Islands).
The Last Council (12th Council) pictured at their final meeting in Archbishop’s House in December, 2005.
Dermot Moloney, PP, Crossboyne; Joe O’Brien, PP, Abbeyknockmoy; Joseph Cooney, PE, Ballyhaunis; Martin Newell, AP, Claran, Patrick Farragher, Adm., Tuam; Fintan Monahan, Diocesan Secretary. Lay Members of the finance committee: Gerard Concannon, Claremorris, Anne Corcoran, Westport, Stephen Burns, Castlebar.