On Sunday 10 July Rev Warren Collier (41) was ordained to the priesthood for service in the Diocese of Meath. Bishop Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath, was the ordaining bishop at the Mass in Saint Mary’s Parish, Drogheda, Co Louth which was attended by Warren’s parents Frank and Rosaleen, his sister Fiona and extended family and friends.
Warren is from Collon in County Louth but he has strong links with Saint Mary’s Parish, as his late grandparents lived in Crufty and they are buried in Calvary Cemetery.
Before spending four years studying for the priesthood in the Beda College in Rome, Warren worked for Bus Éireann for sixteen years, driving the local Drogheda town service route for many years. While studying for the priesthood, and as a deacon Warren spent some time working in the parish of Laytown and Mornington.
Speaking before his ordination Warren said that he is excited at the prospect of serving the people of God in whatever parish that he is assigned to, and putting his faith in the scriptures and quoting from Saint Paul’s letter to the Philippians he said ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’.
Father Shane Crombie and Father Joe Campbell, Vocations Directors for the Diocese of Meath, congratulated Father Warren on his ordination and asked that anyone who might be considering a vocation to priesthood might make contact with them through www.dioceseofmeath.ie/vocations. They also asked for prayers for vocations to the priesthood and religious life and to encourage and support those who might feel called to the priesthood.
Father Warren will celebrate his First Mass of Thanksgiving in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Collon this evening at 7.00pm and all are most welcome to attend.
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