Spiritan Features

Jubilees of Ordination to the Priesthood

Jubilees of Ordination to the PriesthoodBack Row l-r: Willie Kingston, Walter McNamara, Mick Reynolds, Paddy Reedy, Pat Downes, Brian Carey, Vincent Browne, George Boran and Tony Byrne Front Row l-r: Pat Doody, Vincent McDevitt, Pádraic MacDermott, Cormac O'Brolchain and Des Arigho
Missing from photo: Tom Garvey and Jim McDonnell

60th anniversary

Tony Byrne –  Fr. Tony was one of a number of Spiritans who played a substantial humanitarian role in Nigeria, during the ‘Biafran War’. He later served in east and southern Africa. In Ireland, he is intrinsically identified with the work of Awareness Education Services.

Brian Carey – A past pupil of Synge Street CBS, Fr. Brian ministered in Kenya from 1960 to 1975. In Ireland, he served in a number of pastoral roles, including in Greenhills parish before serving for over 20 years in parishes in the US including in North Dakota and Florida. 

Tom Garvey - A past-pupil of St. Jarlath’s College (Tuam), Fr. Tom spent three years in the Caribbean island of Trinidad as a ‘prefect’ before ordination.  His subsequent missionary life has largely been spent in education and pastoral roles in Canada, where he remains to this day. 

Paddy Reedy – Educated in St. Brendan’s College in Birr, Fr. Paddy spent over 20 years in Sierra Leone in education and pastoral roles. Returning to Ireland in the 1980s, he taught in a number of Spiritan schools, and was assigned to the Diocese of Dromore for some time.

Mick Reynolds – Educated in Kilkenny CBS, Fr. Mick served in Nigeria in the 1960s and later in Zambia. His many subsequent roles in Ireland have included hospital chaplaincy and as Director of Marian House, the Congregation’s nursing home in Kimmage Manor.


Golden Jubilee

Des Arigho – Educated by both the Christian Brothers and the Spiritans, Fr. Des spent over 20 years in Kenya in pastoral ministry. During the 1990s he was involved in refugee work in Angola and Zambia. He also served in Ireland and is currently one of two Irish Spiritans ministering in Moçambique.

George Boran – From Co. Kilkenny, Fr. George began in parish work in Brazil in 1970. He has been heavily involved in youth work including as Director of the National Youth Centre in São Paulo. He leads the Brazil South-West Group which includes several other Irish Spiritans.

Vincent Browne – Fr. Vincent spent the first decade of his priestly ministry in Kenya in a mixture of parish and school roles. In Ireland, he served in Blackrock College, where he is one of over a dozen Spiritans in the community attached to the school, and in St. Mary’s College.

Pat Doody – From Co. Limerick, Fr. Pat studied and later ‘prefected’ in Rockwell College, the Spiritans’ secondary school in Co. Tipperary. He also served in Kenya and in the USA, and for many years in the Spiritan-administered parishes of Greenhills and Kimmage Manor in Dublin.  

Pat Downes – A Clare man, Fr. Pat has served in the home mission from the time of ordination. He worked in Blackrock College for a decade before transferring in 1979 to Rockwell College where he is one of over a dozen Spiritans in the community attached to the Spiritan school.

Willie Kingston – From Clonakilty and a past-pupil of Mount Melleray, Fr. Willie served for many years in Sierra Leone mostly as a pastor. Among various Spiritan roles in Ireland, he was Director of Promotions. He moved to the Rockwell College community over 20 years ago.

Pádraic McDermott – Educated as Gaeilge by the Christian Brothers, Fr. Pádraic served until 1985 in Sierra Leone, mostly in the education area.  He also taught in Templeogue College.  He has been in mostly pastoral roles in Ireland, and currently serves in a Wicklow parish.

Vincent McDevitt – Fr. Vincent was born in Co. Derry. His first appointment was to Brazil where he served as a pastor from 1970 to 1988. In Ireland he has been part of the Spiritans’ Ardbraccan community in Co. Meath. Today he serves in a parish in the Diocese of Elphin.

Jim McDonnell – A native of Nenagh, Fr. Jim served in the education area in Kenya in the 1970s. He then spent several years in Rome’s St. Egidio community. Among his various ministries in Ireland, he was chaplain including for a period in Dublin’s St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Walter McNamara – Educated by the Patrician Brothers in Ballyfin, Fr. Walter is from Thurles. He served in Sierra Leone, in education and development roles, and in Australia.  In Ireland he was Chaplain to the Spiritans’ nursing home, and Director of World Mercy Fund.

Cormac O’Brolchain – Fr. Cormac ‘prefected’ in Trinidad and, between 1969 and 1984, served in educational and pastoral roles in Kenya. Today he leads the Spiritan Community attached to Blackrock College where he himself was once a student and later a staff-member.