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Spiritan Winter Newsletter 2012

Spiritan Newsletter"In 1988 the Spiritan Provincial Council approached the Archdiocese of Dublin about the possibility of opening a Spiritan parish in a disadvantaged area on the periphery of the capital. In September of the following year Bishop Dermot O'Mahony and the people of Bawnogue parish in Clondalkin received the first three priests from the Congregation to minister there.
Today Fr. Marino Nguekam C.S.Sp. is the parish administrator. In Bawnogue since 2006, Fr. Marino, who is a native of Cameroon, was privileged to have been asked to sing in Croke Park in the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress in 2012. Fr. Brendan Foley C.S.Sp., who has responsibility for Irish Spiritan youth services, is also Bawnogue-based. The adjoining parish of St. Ronan's, Deansrath has been administered by the Spiritans for over a decade and was selected in 2008 as a 'pilot project' on how to develop good pastoral relationships with Travellers. Fr. Seán O'Leary C.S.Sp., recently arrived in the parish, comments that he has been 'very enthused by the richness and colour of the celebration that so many different cultures and nationalities add to the Sunday Eucharist in Deansrath, making it a true sign of unity in diversity'.
Other Spiritan works in the Clondalkin area include the Newlands Institute for Counselling. Two Spiritan priests and one Spiritan Associate are among the personnel providing this important service which offers low-cost counselling to individuals and groups in West Dublin".

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