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Diocese of GalwayKilmacduagh & Kilfenora

Deoise na GaillimheChill Mac Duach & Chill Fhionnúrach


An All-Night Vigil of Prayer for Vocations to the Diocesan Priesthood in the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora, to coincide with Vocations Sunday 2024, will  begin at 7.00pm on Sunday 21st April 2024 in the Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and Saint Nicholas, Galway, and will conclude before the 11.00am Mass on Monday 22nd April. Please make a special effort to come and join us!

A Vocations Information Afternoon focusing on priesthood in the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora and in the Diocese of Clonfert will take place in Galway City on Sunday 28th April 2024. If you sometimes feel that you may be called to minister as a Diocesan Priest in either of these dioceses, you are invited to attend. 
Further information available from Fr Ian O'Neill, email or call 087 2048497.

VOCATION MATTERS: Newsletter of the National Vocations Office

March 2024 Knock Conference issue


June 2023: The National Office for Vocations has published its summer newsletter: click here or on the image below.


‘Take the Risk for Christ’ is the theme for Ireland’s Year for Vocation to the Diocesan Priesthood 2023–2024.

Video commissioned by the National Vocations Office and produced by the Servant Sisters of Home of the Mother


“From the moment a vocation begins to become evident, it is necessary to have an adequate ‘sense’ of the Church. No one is called exclusively for a particular region, or for a group or for an ecclesial movement, but rather for the Church and for the world. A sure sign of the authenticity of a charism is its ecclesial character, its ability to be integrated harmoniously into the life of God’s holy and faithful people for good of all. In responding to God’s call, young people see their own ecclesial horizon expand; they are able to consider various charisms and to undertake a more objective discernment. In this way, the community becomes the home and the family where vocations are born. Candidates gratefully contemplate this mediation of the community as an essential element for their future. They learn to know and to love their brothers and sisters who pursue paths different from their own; and those bonds strengthen in everyone the communion which they share”.
Pope Francis, 2016.


Diocesan Director of Vocations

Very Rev. Canon Ian O'Neill, PP VG
Parochial House, Claregalway. Co. Galway
T. +353 (0)87 2048497

Galway Diocesan Vocations Facebook page:


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Click here for a short YouTube video presented by John Gerard Acton, who was ordained for the Galway diocese on 1 August 2021.

"There is nothing more beautiful than to know Christ and to tell others of our friendship with him. It is a service to joy, to God’s joy which longs to break into the world.''
- Pope Benedict

"Unless we give God to others we give them too little."
- Pope Benedict

True joy comes from being close to God. A priest is called to find that joy and bring it to the people he serves. Prayer and a life of service keep that joy alive and enable it to deepen. In Galway diocese most priests serve in parishes. Others serve as chaplains to hospitals, to the Defence Forces and to the University. Wherever they serve, they are ministers of hope. That hope is based on their experience of Christ whose gospel message gives us the certainty of victory over death and over every form of evil.

A great leader is one who leads people to where they have never been before. It is the privilege of a priest to lead people closer to God, to friendship with God that will last forever. 

When he wants to give us a great gift, he gives us a longing for it.  Do you feel you are being drawn by God to spend your life as a priest, serving God and his people?

If you would like to know more, please contact our Vocations Director, Fr Ian O'Neill, for a confidential chat (tel. 091 798741, email, or talk to any priest of the diocese.

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Michael Duignan
Bishop of Galway & Kilmacduagh & Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora