Council of Priests
The Council of Priests is a representative body of clergy comprised of elected and nominated members. It offers opinion and advice when consulted by the Bishop as outlined in the Code of Canon Law. A new Council of Priests is elected following the appointment of a new bishop. The Council of Priests consituted following the installation of Bishop Michael Duignan is as follows:
Galway City Deaneries: Msgr Peter Rabbitte VG and Rev. Declan Lohan
Galway Rural Deanery: Very Rev. Diarmuid Hogan
Kilmacduagh Deanery: Very Rev. Dr Hugh Clifford
Kilfenora Deanery: Very Rev. Robert McNamara
Special Ministries: Rev. John O’Halloran
Retired Clergy: Very Rev. Francis Larkin
Clergy ordained 1978 & earlier: Very Rev. Canon Tadhg Quinn
Clergy ordained 1979–1996: Very Rev. Dean Michael McLoughlin
Clergy ordained 1997–2022: Rev. John Gerard Acton
Religious Orders / Congregations / Personal Prelature: Rev. Kieran McCarthy MSC
Ex officio member: Very Rev. Canon Ian O’Neill VG
The Cathedral Chapter assists the Bishop in the more solemn liturgical worship of the Cathedral; its members are known by the honorary title of "Canon", and their stalls form part of the furnishings of the Cathedral High Altar. The Chapter is presided over by the Dean of the Chapter.
The current Chapter members are: Very Rev. Martin Canon Downey; Very Rev. Martin Canon Glynn, VF; Very Rev. Thomas Canon Marrinan, VF; Very Rev. Michael Dean McLoughlin; Very Rev. Ian Canon O’Neill; Very Rev. Tadhg Canon Quinn; Very Rev. Monsignor Peter Rabbitte, VG; Very Rev. Michael Canon Reilly.
College of Consultors
In the Diocese of Galway, the Cathedral Chapter has been entrusted with the functions of the college of consultors.
"The college of consultors is a diocesan body whose role is to assist in the governance of the diocese. As such, its president is the diocesan bishop. If the see is impeded or vacant, the college is presided over by the one taking the bishop's place in accordance with Can. 413, 419 and 421. Until the appointment of an interim administrator, the senior among the consultors presides at their meetings.
When the see is vacant, additional duties devolve upon the college of consultors. Unless there is an auxiliary bishop, the senior member of the college by ordination must convoke the college to elect a diocesan administrator, until which time he enjoys the power of Vicar General. Within eight days, the college must meet to elect the administrator; when elected, he must make his profession of faith in the presence of the college. The consultors also take on the role otherwise exercised by the council of priests."
Extract from The Canon Law: Letter & Spirit, eds Brown, Kelly, McGrath & Sheehy (Dublin: Veritas, 1995)
The Meitheal Advisory Committee provides assistance with regard to development within the diocese. A new board is constituted following the appointment of a new bishop.