Living Church Office

Read the Living Church report at the following link;  Living Church Report

Reports from the Listening Days are available through the links below;

Report Listening Days for Religious

Report on Listening Days for Clergy

Fr Alan McGuckian SJ


Fr Alan

Fr Alan, a native of Cloughmills, is a member of the Jesuit community in Belfast. He has a background in both secondary education and communications. After ordination in 1984 he spent some years teaching in Clongowes Wood College, a boarding school outside Dublin.  From 1991 to 2005 he was based at the Jesuit Communication Centre in Dublin. During that time he set up the websites, and  In earnáil na Gaeilge bhí sé ina eagarthóir ar An Timire agus tá sé ina sheiplíneach ag cuid de na gaelscoileanna sa deoise.

Fr. Alan acted as overall facilitator of the diocesan listening process in 2011 and authored the report that came out of it. Bishop Treanor appointed him as director of the Living Church office with overall responsibility for the delivery of the Congress of 2013 and the implementation of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan.  Since Feb 2014 Fr. Alan has been the Director of Formation for the Permanent Diaconate.

Mrs Paula McKeown

Director of Faith Development

paula assistant to director

Paula worked as a Speech & Language Therapist for 10 years and joined the Living Church team in 2012 having been involved in the listening process as a volunteer.  She is from the Parish of Ardkeen and is married to Joe and they have a daughter, Anna Máire.   Paula has been involved in a range of work both in her local parish and in the Diocese.

Paula supported the delivery of the Diocesan Congress and writing of the Pastoral Plan.  Her role now is to support the implementation of the plan with a specific focus on Creating Pastoral Communities and Adult Faith Development opportunities.

Mr Jim Deeds

Parish Development Co-ordinator and Training and Facilitation  Officer.

jim training and facilitation officer

Jim took up post with the Living Church Office in May 2012. Having been born and lived all his life in the Parish of St. Teresa of Avila in Belfast, he has been involved in Parish work for some years there in music ministry, safeguarding and as a Minister of the Eucharist. Jim is married to Nuala and together they have three children; Brendan, Joe and Eimear.

Jim feels passionately about the potential of our Parishes being wonderful expressions of faith; families gathered round the love of God. In his job as Parish Development Co-ordinator Jim travels the length and breadth of the Diocese working with people in Parishes to form new ministries and Parish structures. The formation of Parish Pastoral Councils and Ministries of Welcome are two of the main programmes Jim delivers. There are now many PPC’s and Ministry of Welcome teams across the Diocese and Jim also works to support these groups as they grow in confidence and ability to build the Kingdom.

As well as Parish based work, Jim also facilitates programmes of formation and support for chairs of Parish Pastoral Councils, Prayer Leaders and in the coming year will pilot a programme aimed at facilitating the journey towards discipleship for those working in Parishes. Now in his third year with the Living Church Office, Jim is still full of enthusiasm for the challenges we face as a Church and looks forward to continuing to meet the People of God across the Diocese and exploring the question with them; ‘what is God’s dream for this place?’


Colette Corrigan

Training and Facilitation Officer

Colette hails from the Archdiocese of Armagh. She lives in the parish of Derrynoose, and she joined the Living Church team in January, 2014. Colette’s background is in Education, and she served for a period in excess of 30 years as a Maths teacher in St. Patrick’s High School, Keady.

During this period she was seconded to the Southern Education & Library Board, for a period of 3 years, to work in the area of Personal Development, part of the remit of Pastoral Care. She was also employed by the North Eastern Board to work with the team responsible for Inclusion & Diversity. She is married with four children, and two grandchildren.

Colette joined the Living Church team because her Catholic faith is very important to her. She has always been actively involved in working for the Church, and she enjoys meeting other people who are willing to become involved in the building of God’s Kingdom. Her personal philosophy with regard to faith, is that we each have a part to play, and as Training & Facilitation Officer, she relishes the opportunity to assist Parishes to form Parish Pastoral Councils, and Ministries of Welcome. She is looking forward to meeting more people from the Diocese of Down & Connor, to supplement the many friendships which she has already formed.

Geraldine Mullan

Office Manager

geraldine office manager

Geraldine has worked for the Diocese for 10 years; her first position was working in ‘Planning for the Future’ Development Office as part of a team to raise funds for the Diocese.  After the successful completion of the campaign she worked in the Finance Dept. in ʻLisbreenʼ for 18 months.  Geraldine has 2 grown up children and is the proud ‘Nana’ of Martin, Cora and Keela.

Geraldine has recently celebrated her 3rd Anniversary working with the Living Church Team.  As Office Manager she embraces the different challenges of supporting a team and liaising with people from all parts of the Diocese.

Geraldine particularly enjoys interacting with the Parishes and she gains great satisfaction from helping them to solve any problems which may arise.  She is passionate about her work and is inspired by the achievements made by the Living Church Team and truly believes the Diocesan vision for the future.



Living Church Office,

Good Shepherd Centre,

511 Ormeau Road,

Belfast BT7 3GS


028 90 690920