28 September 2018 – Down and Connor Appointments

Down and Connor Diocesan Appointments


In response to the pastoral needs of the people of the Diocese of Down and Connor, Bishop Noel Treanor has made the following appointments which take effect from Friday 12th October 2018:

Very Rev Robert Butler – PP Loughguile, to retire and to assist as a Pastor Emeritus.

Very Rev Patrick Neeson – PP Kircubbin, to retire and to assist as a Pastor Emeritus.

Very Rev Patrick Mulholland – PP Portaferry and PP Ballygalget, to be PP Loughguile.

Very Rev Feargal McGrady – PP St Anne’s Belfast, to be PP Portaferry and PP Ballygalget.

Very Rev Peter O’Hare – PP Bright (Killough), to be PP St Anne’s Belfast.

Very Rev Anthony Alexander – PP Carnlough and PP Glenarm to be PP Kircubbin.

Very Rev Dermot McKay – Priest in Residence in Glenarm, to be PP Carnlough and PP Glenarm.

Very Rev Peter O’Kane – PP Christ the Redeemer, Lagmore, to be PP Bright (Killough).

Very Rev Colin Crossey – CC Newcastle, to be PP Christ the Redeemer, Lagmore.

Rev Dominic McGrattan – having completed postgraduate studies at the Catholic University of Leuven, to assist at the Living Church Office and to reside and assist part time at St Brigid’s, Belfast.

Rev Manuelito Milo – CC St Patrick’s Belfast and Chaplain in the Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast, to be nominated as Chaplain to Belfast City Hospital residing at St Paul’s Belfast.

Rev Anthony McAleese – newly ordained, to be CC St Patrick’s Belfast and nominated as Chaplain to the Mater Infirmorum Hospital, Belfast.

Rev Andrew Black – Chaplain in Belfast City Hospital, to pursue post-graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome.

Rev Conor McGrath – CC Drumbo and Carryduff, in addition to pursue part time post-graduate studies at the Loyola Institute, TCD, Dublin.

Rev Gerard Fox – Associate Episcopal Vicar for Education, in addition to be Diocesan Secretary and Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate.

I would like to record my thanks to all involved in and affected by these appointments for their co-operation and I wish them God’s blessing, good health and fulfilment in their respective ministries.

+ Noel Treanor

Bishop of Down and Connor