Diocesan News

Vocations News

Once again we congratulate Father Charles Coyle, Father Kieran Hamilton, Father Mark O'Donnell and Father Kevin Lawrie who have all recently be ordained to the Priesthood this summer for our Diocese. We continue to keep them in our prayers and and look forward to them taking up their appointments in the coming weeks. Bishop Toal wishes to thank Fr Brian Lamb, our Vocations Director, and others in the Diocese, along with the Seminary staff, who have accompanied our new priests through their years of seminary formation. We welcome home our seminarians who are back in the Diocese for their summer break and hope they enjoy their pastoral placements which they will carry out during August. Christ

Ordination of Father Kevin Lawrie

The fourth and final priestly ordination of the year for our Diocese took place on Tuesday 16th July in St Aloysius' Chapelhall as Father Kevin Lawrie was ordained by Bishop Toal. Father Kevin, who studied at Oscott College, Birmingham, will take up appointment as Assistant Priest of St James' Coatbridge & St Barbara's Muirhead in August. Our prayers and congratulation to Father Lawrie

Ordination of Father Mark O'Donnell

On Monday 1st July, Father Mark O'Donnell was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on by Bishop Joseph Toal in his home Parish of St Thomas' Wishaw. Father Mark, the third new priest ordained for our Diocese this summer, studied for the priesthood at the Scots College in Rome. Father Mark will take up his appointment as Assistant Priest of St Joseph & St John Ogilvie's in Blantyre in September. We extend our prayers and congratulations to Father O'Donnell as he begins his priestly ministry in our Diocese.

Ordination of Father Kieran Hamilton

Congratulations to Father Kieran Hamilton who was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood on Monday 1st July by Bishop Joseph Toal. Father Kieran studied for the priesthood at St Mary's College, Oscott, Birmingham and was ordained in his home parish of St Barbara's Muirhead. Father Kieran was the second ordination of 2019 for our Diocese and has been appointed to serve as Assistant Priest of St Patrick's and St Thomas', Wishaw.

Ordination of Father Charles Coyle

On Thursday, 28th June 2019, Bishop Toal ordained Father Charles Coyle to the Sacred Priesthood in his home Parish of St Columbkille's Rutherglen. Charles studied for the priesthood at the Pontifical Scots College, Rome, and is the first of four men to be ordained for the Diocese of Motherwell this year.

Clergy Appointments

Bishop Toal has announced the following clergy changes due to take place in the Diocese during the summer: Father Charles Coyle, recently ordained, to become Assistant Priest at Our Lady of Lourdes, East Kilbride, along with Mgr Tom Millar and Fr Sean Wylie. Fr Sean has recently taken on the Chaplaincy at St Andrew and St Bride’s High School. (from September) Father Kieran Hamilton, recently ordained, to become Assistant Priest at St Patrick’s Shieldmuir and St Thomas’ Wishaw. (from August) Rev. Mark O'Donnell, to be ordained on 3rd July, to become Assistant Priest of St Joseph’s and St John Ogilvie’s, Blantyre. (from September) Father Damien Gilhooley, Parish Priest of St James' Coatbridge,

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