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Diocese of GalwayKilmacduagh & Kilfenora

Deoise na GaillimheChill Mac Duach & Chill Fhionnúrach


Diocesan Director of Vocations

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

Visit the Galway Diocesan Vocations Facebook page at


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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