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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.

Available Ministries 

For more information on relevant ministries please click below.

Diocesan Pastoral Outreach Co-Ordinator:

Rev. Gerard McCarthy, SVD

Diocesan Youth Ministry

Youth Ministry Co-Ordinator: Mia Joyce Walsh

Sacramental Preparation

Primary School Catechetical Support

Diocesan Advisor: Sr Breda Coyne
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

Child Protection Office:

Parish Ministry Formation Course

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

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.

Parish / Voluntary Groups / Room Rental

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

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 nine-week peer-support programme facilitated by trained adults in groups of four to five, of similar age and loss experience. This support programme is free of charge.
Contact: Fiona Byrne
Tel. 091 565080

Beginning Experience West of Ireland
The purpose of the Beginning Experience West of Ireland ministry is to facilitate the grief resolution process for adults who have suffered the loss of a spouse or life partner through death, divorce or separation, thereby enabling them again to love themselves, others and God. Beginning Experience West of Ireland currently offers the Beginning Experience Residential Weekend  Spring and Autumn Programme, run twice yearly in April and October, from Friday 6.00pm to Sunday 4.00pm in Esker Monastery and Retreat House. This programme is presented by teams of volunteers from the whole of the west of Ireland, who are themselves widowed, separated or divorced.
Contact: Maureen Lydon
Tel. 087 6646896

Mondays 8.00pm

Tuesday & Wednesday: 1.00pm–2.00pm
Saturday: 11.30am–1:00pm
For more information see:

Pastoral Centre Administration:

Phone:  Eilish 091-565066
Address: Galway Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith, Galway.