21 August 2013 Clergy Appointments for Diocese of Down and Connor


21st AUGUST 2013



Having considered the pastoral needs of the people of the Diocese, Bishop Noel Treanor has made the following appointments which will take effect as of Thursday 22nd August:

Fr Liam Blayney SPS    To be Administrator of Dunloy and Cloughmills

Fr Aidan Brankin            PP Dunloy, to be PP St Oliver Plunkett’s Parish

Fr Colin Crossey            Assistant Priest Holy Family Parish, to be Chaplain RVH

Fr Colm Curran              To be “Priest in Residence” Crumlin pro tempore

Fr Vincent Cushnahan   Assistant Priest Parish of the Nativity to pursue Licenciate studies in Canon Law at St Paul’s University, Ottawa, Canada.

Fr Ciaran Dallat              PP Sacred Heart Parish, to be Assistant Priest in St Peter’s Parish & Cathedral.

Fr Patrick Devlin             PP St Vincent de Paul, also to be Chaplain with Deaf persons

Fr Robert Fleck              PP Dunsford and Ardglass, to be PP Dundrum

Fr Patrick McCafferty    Chaplaincy team, Ulster Hospital, Dundonald

Fr Gerard McCloskey     Administrator Holy Family Parish, to be PP Dunsford and Ardglass

Fr Thomas McGlynn      Chaplain RVH to take a sabbatical semester leave for study

Fr Martin Magill              PP St Oliver Plunkett’s Parish, to be PP Sacred Heart Parish

Fr Patrick Neeson          To be PP Ardkeen (Kircubbin)

Fr Peter Owens              PP St Agnes, also to be Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding

Fr Brendan Smyth          Assistant Priest Glenavy and Crumlin, to be PP Holy Trinity Parish

Fr Paul Strain                 PP St John’s Parish, to be Administrator of Holy Family Parish

                                       Assistant Priest Holy Family Parish “appointment pending”

Fr Liam Toland               Assistant Priest Ballymena, to be PP St John’s Parish

Together with Bishops Farquhar and McKeown, I should like to record my thanks once again to all our priest colleagues affected by these appointments. We thank them for their cooperation. We wish them God’s blessing, good health and fulfilment in their new appointments.