For information on Vocations in the Armagh Archdiocese,

contact any priest of the Parish. 

It was not you who chose me but I who chose you"

Has God chosen you for priesthood?

Have a look at the following website:

The website is a fantastic resource not only for those interested in a vocation to the Priesthood, but also for those interested in fostering vocations to the Priesthood.

The vocations director is Fr Peter McAnenly, 42 Abbey Street, Armagh BT61 7DZ

Tel: 028 - 3752 2802




Lord, make me a better person, more considerate towards others, more honest with myself, more faithful to you. Make me generous enough to want to do your will, whatever it may be. Help me find my true vocation in life and grant that through it, I may find happiness myself and bring happiness to others. We pray through Christ our Lord, AMEN



 Prayer for Vocations

O God, Father of all Mercies,

provider of a bountiful harvest,

send Your Graces upon those

You have called to gather the fruits of Your labour;

preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of You.


Open  the hearts of Your children

that they may discern Your Holy Will;

inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves

to serving others in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.


Teach all Your faithful to follow their respeceive paths in life

guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.

Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,

all the Angels and Saints, humbly hear our prayers

and grant Your Church's needs, through Christ, our Lord. AMEN.







  "Thou Art a Priest Forever"

To live in the midst of the world with no desire for its pleasures:

to be a member of every family, yet belonging to none;

to share all sufferings; to penetrate all secrets, to heal all wounds;

to daily go from men to God to offer Him their homage and petitions;

to return from God to men to bring them His pardon and hope;

to have a heart of fire for charity and a heart of bronze for chastity;

to bless and to be blest forever.

O God, what a life, and it is yours,

O Priest of Jesus Christ!


Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire O.P. (1802-1861)


Congratulations to Rev. Barry Matthews (Dundalk) who was ordained a priest of this Archdiocese on Sunday 18th June 2017 in St. Patrick's Church, Dundalk.
Barry did pastoral placement among us in 2013 and has returned many times.

Please pray for him and all our Priests.

Fr Damien Quigley was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Eamon Martin in the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Dundalk (his native parish church) on Sunday 26th June 2016

We ask God's continued Blessings on him.


 Archbishop Eamon Martin ordained two new Priests for our Archdiocese in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh on Sunday 5th July 2015, Fr Aidan McCann and Fr Brian Slater.

Both new priests have worked in our Parish during their training.

We ask God's Blessings on them.

Student Barry Matthews, Fr Aidan McCann, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Fr Brian Slater and Deacon Damien Quigley




On Sunday 15/06/'14, in St. Patrick's Church, Keenaught, Desertmartin, Cardinal Seán Brady ordained to the Priesthood Rev. Seán McGuigan of Desertmartin. Fr Seán had been studying for six years at the National Seminary of Ireland, Maynooth and was ordained a Deacon last year.

Fr Seán was the second Priest ordained for the diocese this year; Maciej Zacharek was ordained to the Priesthood on Friday 30th May in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh by Cardinal Seán Brady. His was the first priestly ordination from Redemptoris Mater House of Formation, a new institution of the Archdiocese of Armagh, located in Dundalk. Maciej originally comes from Wygoda, Poland.

We ask God's Blessings on them in their vocations.



Ordination of first five Permanent Deacons in Armagh

Sunday 29th September 2013 was an historic day in the Archdiocese where the first Ordination to the permanent Diaconate took place in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Five men, having completed three years formation and theological training, were ordained as deacons for service in five parishes in the Archdiocese of Armagh.

Welcoming the five men into ministry, all of whom are married with children, Cardinal Seán Brady described it as an occasion of "great joy" for Armagh. 

From now on the deacons will be referred to as "Rev Mr" and they will serve on a part-time basis in their appointed parishes, assisting with baptisms and funerals at the weekends and some administrative duties during the week. Deacons cannot celebrate Mass or hear confession. All five men had to obtain the permission of their wives to go ahead with their studies for ministry.

The five ordained are:

Rev Mr Andy Hegarty from Cookstown, who has been appointed to Dungannon Parish;

Rev Mr Martin Barlow from Portadown who has been appointed to Keady;

Rev Mr Benignus Ndubuisi form Dundalk who has been appointed to St. Patrick's, Dundalk;

Rev Mr John Taaffe from Drogheda who has been appointed to Ardee;

Rev Mr David Durrigan from Ardee who has been appointed to Drogheda.



 Sunday 30th June 2013 Paul Murphy was ordained to the Priesthood by Cardinal Seán Brady in the Church of the Immaclate Conception, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.



On Sunday 1st July 2012 (feast of St. Oliver Plunkett) in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, Cardinal Seán Brady ordained two new Priests for our Archdiocese, Frs Thomas McHugh and Ryan McAleer.

Both new priests did summer training assignments in Upper Creggan Parish.

They ask you to continue to pray for them.


 Pictured after their Ordination by Cardinal Brady, are Fr Thomas McHugh and Fr Ryan McAleer