Diocesan Administration

DIOCESAN CHAPTER

The Diocesan Chapter is made up of Canons who are appointed by the bishop to carry out functions that are entrusted to it by Canon Law or by the bishop. The twelve members of the Diocesan Chapter also fulfill the role of College of Consultors in the Diocese of Clogher, thereby acting as senior advisers to the bishop and, in the event of a vacant See, electing a Diocesan Administrator when required to do so. (See Code of Canon Law, no’s 502-510).

The members of the Diocesan Chapter are:

Rt Rev Mgr Peter O’Reilly VG (Dean)

Rt Rev Mgr Joseph McGuinness VG (Archdeacon)

Very Rev Ramon Munster

Rt Rev Mgr Richard Mohan

Very Rev Patrick McHugh

Very Rev Shane McCaughey

Very Rev Patrick McEntee

Very Rev Michael Daly

Very Rev Patrick McGinn

Very Rev Jimmy McPhillips

Very Rev Noel McGahan

Honorary (Retired) Canons

Rt Rev Mgr Seán Cahill
Very Rev Philip Connolly
Rt Rev Mgr Vincent Connolly
Very Rev Laurence Dawson
Very Rev John Finnegan
Very Rev Patrick Lonergan
Very Rev Brian McCluskey
Very Rev Michael McGourty
Very Rev John McKenna
Very Rev Macartan McQuaid
Rt Rev Mgr Gerard McSorley
Very Rev Patrick Marron
Very Rev Joseph Mullin

COUNCIL OF PRIESTS

The origins of the Council of Priests go back to the aftermath of the Second Vatican Council when the concept of collegiality became dominant in church discourse. This meant that in the discharge of their duties, church leaders at all levels share their responsibilities with others, clerical, religious and lay. The first Council of Priests in the Diocese of Clogher met on 12 November 1969. 

The Council of Priests is provided for in the Code of Canon Law (1983) and, specifically, in Canons 495-502 and it is governed by Statutes dating from 2001. 

The Council of Priests consists of nine elected members and four members nominated by the bishop, together with the two Vicar Generals of the diocese. Additionally, a secretary is appointed as a non-voting member. Its term is for five years. The role of the council is to assist the bishop in the discharge of his episcopal duties and to the represent the views of priests across the diocese in that function. While it can never act apart from the bishop, the council had certain defined functions laid out in Canon Law, making it a body which the bishop is obliged to consult when certain important strategic decisions are being made in relation to the life of the diocese.

Members of the new Council of Priests (2019-2024)

Canon Michael Daly (Chairman)

Mgr Peter O’Reilly VG

Mgr Joseph McGuinness VG

Fr Brian Early

Fr Peter Corrigan

Mgr Richard Mohan

Canon Patrick McEntee

Fr Brendan Gallagher

Fr Seamus Quinn

Fr Padraig McKenna

Fr John Chester

Fr John Flanagan

Fr Stephen Joyce

Fr Seán Mulligan

Fr Stephen Duffy

Fr Owen Gorman (Secretary)

VICARS GENERAL

Right Rev Joseph McGuinness PP, VG, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan

Right Rev Peter O’Reilly PP, VG, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

 

DIOCESAN CHANCELLOR

Very Rev Canon Shane McCaughey PP

Diocesan Office, Bishop’s House, Monaghan.

Tel. 047-81019; Email: diocesanoffice@clogherdiocese.ie

 

DIOCESAN SECRETARY

Very Rev Canon Shane McCaughey PP

Diocesan Office, Bishop’s House, Monaghan.

Tel. 047-81019; Email: diocesanoffice@clogherdiocese.ie

 

FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATOR

Mrs Aileen Hughes

Diocesan Office, Bishop’s House, Monaghan.

Tel. 047-81019; Email: diocesanoffice@clogherdiocese.ie

 

DIOCESAN FINANCE COMMITTEE:

Bishop Larry Duffy (Chair), Mgr Joseph McGuinness, Mr Eamon McArdle, Mr Michael Duffy, Mr Cormac Meehan, Mr Martin McVicar, Mgr Peter O’Reilly, Canon Shane McCaughey, Mr Fintan Timoney and Mrs Aileen Hughes.

 

DIOCESAN DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Dr Gary Carville
Diocesan Office,
Bishop’s House,
Monaghan.

Tel. 047-81019; Email: communications@clogherdiocese.ie 

 

DIOCESAN ARCHIVIST:

Dr Gary Carville
Diocesan Office,
Bishop’s House,
Monaghan.
Tel. 047-81019; Email: gary@clogherdiocese.ie