On Sunday 18 September Father Ronan Sheehan (27) was ordained a priest in Newcestown, Co Cork. Father Sheehan was ordained by Bishop Fintan Gavin, Bishop of Cork and Ross, and he becomes the youngest priest in the diocese. The congregation included his parents Bud and Denise Sheehan, his sisters Ciara, Leona, Orlaith and Aoibhe, and extended family.
During Father Sheehan’s ordination, Bishop Gavin spoke of the service of priesthood, “you are called to act in a unique way in the person of Christ in the Eucharist and the other sacraments. Acting in the person of Christ means that a priest can never put himself or his personal opinion at the centre of his ministry.”
Yesterday evening Father Sheehan celebrated his first Mass at Newcestown Church, the church where he received the sacraments for the first time while in school. This evening he will celebrate Mass at the second church of the parish in Farnivane where he was baptised.