Kildare man Bill O'Shaughnessy is ordained to the priesthood

Ordination Mass in the Pro Cathedral

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Kildare man Bill O'Shaughnessy ordained to the priesthood today

Fr Bill O' Shaughnessy with the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Picture: John McElroy

A Castledermot man was ordained to the priesthood this week on Tuesday, November 14.

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, is ordaining Bill O’Shaughnessy at the Pro Cathedral in Dublin, in front of family and friends. Cork man James Daly is also being ordained this morning. Castledermot, along with several other Kildare parishes, is part of the Dublin diocese.

The Castledermot man studied History and Theology in the Pontifical University Maynooth, and graduated with a Baccalaureate in Arts in 2009. He continued his studies and graduated in 2011 with a Masters in Dogmatic Theology. He entered the Seminary in 2012 and completed a two-year Higher Diploma in Philosophy from NUI Maynooth.

In August of 2013, Bill joined the Irish College Community in Rome, earning a BA in Divinity from the Gregorian University. He was ordained a Deacon in St Mark’s Basilica in Rome in March 2016, after which he completed a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology, again in the Gregorian University.

On his return to Ireland in September of last year, he spent a year as a Deacon in St. Matthews Parish, Ballyfermot ministering alongside Parish Priest Fr. Joe Mc Donald. He has since been appointed to Springfield and Jobstown Parishes in Tallaght.

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The ordinations of Frs James Daly and Bill O'Shaughnessy at the Pro Cathedral. Picture: James McElroy