Ordination of Rev James O’Reilly

Ordination of Rev James O’Reilly on 12 June 2016

James O’Reilly was ordained to the priesthood on Sunday 12 June 2016. Bishop Noel Treanor celebrated the Ordination Ceremony in James’s home parish of Christ the Redeemer in Lagmore, Belfast.

James is a son of Patricia and Patrick O’Reilly and has one sister and two brothers.

Before commencing studies for the priesthood in St. Malachy’s Seminary, Belfast, (2010) James, a graduate of St. Mary’s University Belfast had spent a year as part of a Missionary Team in Detroit, Michigan. On returning home, he spent a further year working for Youth Initiatives; a Christian youth organisation based in west Belfast.

In 2012, James proceeded to St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth to continue his studies and formation programme. As an integral part of his formation, James has spent several weeks on Pastoral Placement St Patrick’s Parish Belfast and in St. Patrick’s Downpatrick. He was Ordained as a Deacon on 31 May 2015

In his homily at the Ordination Ceremony, Bishop Treanor states,

‘There is an urgent need to work for, to pray for and to encourage vocations to the religious life and to the diocesan priesthood.’

“These consecrated lives of service to God and people stand as simple testimony to the burning love of God and to the loving service of individuals, families and society.

“May this day inspire and energize each one of us to encourage young women and men to explore that call that they may experience to the religious life or to the priesthood.”

Fr. James O’Reilly was appointed to the Parish of Antrim in October 2016.

We wish Fr James every blessing on his priestly ministry.

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