Patrick’s College, Maynooth to study theology and philosophy. Eugene O’Boyle and Shane Sullivan who now minister in Castlebar and Tuam respectively. He studied in Valladolid, Spain for one year before going to St. His ordination follows a double ordination two years ago, 2012, Frs.
The 55 parishes of Tuam Archdiocese cover a large portion of the West of Ireland, Galway, Mayo, parts of Roscommon and includes many of the Islands of the West coast.
Knock Shrine and Croagh Patrick are in the diocese.
There are over 100 priests incardinated of the diocese with about 70 in active ministry.
An old African proverb states “It takes a village to rear a child”.
We gather today to pray with and for Seán Flynn as we celebrate his ordination to the priesthood. His teachers, the local Church, people, religious and priests in Castlebar, staff and colleagues in Maynooth and priests of our Archdiocese of Tuam.
Vocations are born in families where love and self-denial are the fabric of daily life, where there is gentleness, compassion, willingness to forgive, a concern for justice and an openness to God’s call. We gather today to give thanks to God for the call which has been extended to Seán, for his very generous ‘yes’ to that call and for the way in which so many people here in the congregation and elsewhere have enabled him to discern that it was God who was calling.
Why did Seán contemplate following Jesus Christ as a priest? Why does a religious or priest decide to follow their particular vocation?
There are as many answers to that question as there are people in those respective vocations.
Underlying all of the answers must be love, whether that be love for the other person in the case of marriage, or love for Jesus Christ in the case of the religious and the priest. The call came to us and yes we have also chosen it freely: we have said “yes” to our vocation.