Dundalk as it Happens
Packed crowd fills St Patrick’s for ordination of Barry Matthews to the priesthood
A packed audience descended upon St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dundalk yesterday to celebrate the ordination of local man Barry Matthews to the priesthood.
The Point Road man was ordained at a special Mass celebrated by Archbishop Eamon Martin.
Barry hails from the St Joseph’s Redemptorist Parish in Dundalk where he was an altar server for many years. The son of Noel and Joan Matthews, he entered the seminary at the age of 29 having previously qualified as an accountant.
The 35-year-old will celebrate his first Mass this evening at 7pm, also at St Patrick’s. He will also preside and preach at the 11am Mass in St Joseph’s Redemptorist Church on Sunday.
The Redemptorist congregation were amongst those to wish him well yesterday, saying: “We extend our warmest congratulations to Fr. Barry and wish him every blessing in his ministry in the Archdiocese of Armagh. Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for him.”
Rev Matthews, who was made a Diaconate at St Patrick’s College in Maynooth this time last year, has become the second Dundalk man in as many years to join the priesthood. Last June Damien Quigley from Cedarwood Park in Cox’s Demesne was ordained in his home church of the Holy Redeemer in Ard Easmuinn.
Best wishes to Barry on his new role as a priest.
— Eamon Martin (@ArchbishopEamon) June 18, 2017