Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Bishop of Kilmore, has announced the appointment of Ms Carina McGinnell as the new Diocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
In making the announcement, Bishop O’Reilly said that he welcomed Carina’s appointment to this very important role in the diocese. “The Diocesan Assembly of 2014 and the Listening Process which preceded it identified ministry to the young people of Kilmore as one of the four broad areas of pastoral action to be addressed in the coming years. This was subsequently highlighted as one of the main priorities of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan for 2015-2020. I welcome Carina’s appointment as it will build on the good work already undertaken with young people in schools and parishes throughout Kilmore and from which will emerge, through her work, a more structured and focused ministry to the youth and young adults of the diocese.”
On taking up her appointment in recent days, Carina said that she “is looking forward to working closely with the priests and young people of the diocese, with diocesan personnel and those engaged in youth ministry in parishes, and with the chaplains and catechists in the schools of the diocese especially in relation to faith formation, various activities and training, the extension of the Pope John Paul II Awards and the forthcoming diocesan pilgrimage to Poland next July for World Youth Day in Krakow.” “The role”, she said, “will be challenging and fulfilling but one that I am looking forward to with enthusiasm, faith and trust”.
Ms McGinnell is a native of the parish of Denn and studied in Loreto College in Cavan before undertaking third-level and post-graduate studies at the Mater Dei Institute of Education, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor degree in Education with English and a Masters in Religious and Education in 2010. Since then, she has taught in a number of schools including Loreto College and Breifne College in Cavan, St. Clare’s College in Ballyjamesduff, Ratoath College and St. Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School in Navan. She is also very involved in her local parish where she is a Minister of the Word and a member of the liturgy group. In addition, she plays an active role in her local community, especially Denn GFC of which she is Vice-Chairperson