For the first time in twelve years, the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly had ordained a priest to act ‘in persona Christi ‘- in the person of Christ, following a joyous ceremony in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Sunday.
Rev Fr Dominic Meehan was encloaked in a spirit of support, goodwill and celebration after Archbishop Dermot Clifford had Ordained him to the priesthood in the presence of family, friends, the community and his new presbyterate colleagues who turned out in force to witness the great occasion.
Pope Paul VI said, “A priest is a man who radiates the joy of Christ”. Well, Dominic certainly radiated joy as he presented for the Rite of Ordination - he had the privilege of being vested by his mother Fidelma and his sister Jane and they were filled with a sense of pride as the ceremony proceeded through the Examination, Promise of Obedience,the Laying of hands, Investiture, Anointing of hands and the Kiss of Peace sections. He was joined by his brother Paul and sisters Francis, Ann and Alison as well as extended family members on the day.
The Thurles Cathedral Choir together with uilleann piper Cillian de Roiste, Templemore and harpist Muireann O’Dwyer, Foskin, Drom enhanced the ceremony with their presence - Monsignor Hugh Connolly, President of St Patrick’s College, maynooth was also present.
“There will be no Eucharist unless there are priests like Dominic to stand in the person of Christ at our altars. I pray that he is the first of many to answer Christ’s call to Priesthood in the Diocese in better times ahead,” Archbishop Clifford said.
He added, “The joy we are all experiencing here today at the Ordination of Dominic – the first for twelve years – spreads through him to his family and friends, to all the priests here, who will impose hands one by one as a gesture of welcome into the presbyterate – the priestly family, and this joy extends to the whole Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly and beyond this afternoon. Ad multus annos Dominic,” Archbishop Clifford announced during his Homily.
Dominic, who has been living in Thurles for many years but previoulsy lived in Leitrim, New York and London, had been a Deacon in Templemore since June and is now taking up position as the new CC in Templemore. The Tipperary Star joins in congratulating him and his family.