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by on June 6th, 2016

​On the Feast of Corpus Christi this year (May 29th), 9 men from various dioceses throughout Ireland were ordained to the diaconate in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, home of the national seminary for Ireland.

Among them was a native of the Archdiocese of Armagh, Rev. Barry Matthews, who hails from St Joseph's Parish, Dundalk.

Barry, the son of Noel and Joan entered seminary in Maynooth at the age of 29 having previously qualified as an accountant.  Barry was joined on the day of Ordination by his parents, siblings and friends in the College Chapel in Maynooth.

Bishop William Crean, bishop of Cloyne,  presided at the Mass and was the ordaining prelate. In his homily Bishop Crean reminded the new deacons that the eventual call to priesthood “is a privileged calling; to help people open their hearts and minds to accept the Lord Jesus, as the way and the path to living with purpose and meaning, through all the events of life.”

Monsignor Hugh Connolly, speaking after the Ordination, offered his encouragement, hoping that “each of them may experience God’s grace anew in their lives so that they will courageously proclaim the Gospel in word and deed, and go out to serve the people of God in their various dioceses with care and compassion.”

Om behalf of the archdiocese of Armagh, we extend our warmest congratulations to Rev. Barry and wish him every blessing in his ministry and in his ongoing formation for priesthood. We ask you to continue to keep Barry and all our seminarians in your prayers as they continue to discern God’s call in their lives. We also encourage you to continue to promote the vocation to priesthood in your families and communities and pray that those called will have the courage to respond generously. 

Ad multos annos Rev. Barry!

For more on the Ordination to the Diaconate in Maynooth this year, visit ​

The Nine New Deacons
After the Ordination Mass

Our Very Own Rev. Barry
and Members of His Family

Rev. Barry with Priests
& Seminarians from our Archdiocese

Rev. Barry, deacon

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