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Galway Diocesan Pastoral Centre

The Diocesan Pastoral Centre represents the pooled resources of all the parishes in our diocese for the purposes of bringing out the full potential of every person and every parish community.

The Diocesan Pastoral Centre provides programmes and support services that nurture the pastoral well-being of our parishes so that our communities may more fully experience and live the Gospel of Christ.

Ministeries available

For more information on relevant ministries please click below.

Diocesan Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry Co-Ordinator; Mia Joyce Walsh

Parenting skills courses

Click here for details

Sacramental Preparation.

Bereavement Counselling (By Appointment)

Breda Fadden is a Bereavement Counsellor working on a part-time basis in the Pastoral Centre. She offers one-to- one counselling to bereaved individuals. Clients avail of the service through self-referral or are referred by doctors, schools, parish personnel or from hearing of the service through family and friend.
Breda also runs a bereavement support group with her co-bereavement counsellor Patricia De Lappe The group takes place over 8 weeks.
Both services are free but where possible a small donation is welcome towards the running of the centre


Rainbows is a national voluntary organization offering peer-support to children and young people who have experienced a significant loss in their lives through bereavement, divorce and separation
The aim is to support children and young people in their local communities, as they seek to come to terms with grief and loss.
It is a twelve-week peer-support programme facilitated by trained adults in groups of 4-5 of similar age and loss experience and is free of charge.
Sr. Margaret Curry, 091-565080/091565066 email

Primary School Catechetical Support

Breda Coyne Diocesan Advisor.
The Diocesan Advisors are appointed by the Bishop to support and encourage the work of Religious Education in the Primary schools.
He /she visits all Primary Schools in the diocese annually, meeting teachers and children.
The Diocesan Advisors are members of the Diocesan Pastoral Team and the National Association of Primary Diocesan Advisors.

Diocesan Secretary for Primary School Management 

Mr P J Callanan povides assistance and advice to Boards of Management of Catholic Primary Schools in the diocese.
Address: Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Árus de Brún, Newtownsmith, Galway Telephone: +353-91-565066 Email:

Child Protection Office:

Parish Ministry Fromation Course

Training and formation of Extaordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, Ministers of the Word and Baptismal Teams available on demand.

Pastoral Council Training 

Support is available for parishes who wish to set up a Parish Pastoral Council. Also ongoing support for training and development of Parish Pastoral Council members. Annual day of training and reflection every January. 

Initiatives in Adult Faith Development.

Understanding and Exploring Scripture.....Each spring and autumn term the Pastoral Centre offers a series of talks/reflections on Scripture and how it impacts on our daily lives.

Room Rental/parish/voluntary groups

Organisations which currently locate their meetings in the Pastoral Centre include:

"Beginning Experience"  a 7 week support programme for adults widowed/seperated/divorced (at least 1 year)

New weekly programme begins:    22nd February - 5th April, 2017

Mary on 087 -9384445- email 

Maureen Lydon 087-6646896

A.A Mondays 8p.m.  -Check out

Al-Anon (Tues & Wed) 1pm - 2pm Sat 11.30 - 1p.m  Check out

G1 Family Focus Group-support for people affected by drug/alcohol use of family or friends.

For more information 

Phone:  Eilish 091-565066


Address: Galway Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith, Galway.