Current & Former Priests of the Parish

St John the Evangelist, Ballinteer Parish

Former & Current Priests of the Parish


Welcome to our Section on the Former & Current Priests of our Parish.

Scroll down the page to read about
Fr Liam Belton P.P., Moderator of the Pastoral Area of Dundrum, Ballinteer, Meadowbrook.


Here you will see the names of the priests who served in our parish since the Solemn Blessing and opening of the church on Saturday, December 8th, 1973, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, by the Most Rev. Dermot Ryan, Archbishop of Dublin.

We have also captured some of the special celebrations of our priests which you can read about below or by clicking on their photographs.

You can read about our former Parish Priest, Fr Richard Behan's career since his ordination in 1984.
Fr Richard served as P.P. , Moderator, from 16th July 2006 to 31st July 2015 when he was appointed as Parish priest of Blessington.
Click on Fr Richard's photo below to read about his wonderful time here in Ballinteer.

You can read about the late Canon Carey's Diamand Jubilee & Funeral Mass.

Canon Battelle's Requiem Mass, his Golden Jubilee & retirement as Parish Priest are here.

The late Fr Jim O'Sullivan's Funeral Mass & Homily by Canon Battelle also read about Fr Jim's Golden Jubilee and 77th Birthday.

There is also a page about Fr Matty O'Farrell who moved as Rector of St. Nicholas of Myra Parish,
Kinsealy, Co. Dublin in August 2006 after 5 years in the Parish.

Fr Brian Edwards was appointed on a termporary basis to Ballinteer Parish on 5th May 2009 and left to take up a new apointment in Sandyford Parish on 1 Sept. '09.    Fr Brian returned on 1st September 2010 to take up duties as Co-Parish Priest to the Pastoral Area of Dundrum, Ballinteer, Meadowbrook.     Fr Brian moved to Tallaght and Bohernabreena where he took up his new duties on 7th Sept'13.    Fr Brian was then appointed Co-P.P. in The Good Shepherd Church, Churchtown, Dublin 14 from 13th December 2014.

Fr Stephen Dami Mamza was appointed Assistant Priest for the Pastoral Area of Ballinteer, Meadowbrook and Dundrum in September 2010.
Fr Stephen's appointment as Bishop required him to return on 2nd March 2011 for his ordination as Bishop in Yola Cathedral, Nigeria on 7th April 2011.

Fr Gerald replaced Fr Stephen on 3rd April 2011 until his return to Uganda on 30th October 2011.

Fr Richard Fasuyi took up duty in Ballinteer Parish on 1st November 2011 and served for two years
until he returned to Nigeria on 29th December 2013.

Fr. Danny MacLennan from Nova Scotia, Canada joined us in the Pastoral Area of Dundrum, Ballinteer and Meadowbrook
on 8th January 2014 until his return on 15th July 2014. He returnrd home to take up a new
and challenging appointment. We will miss his cheerful and very obliging presence. He has been a great
help to us all and we are most grateful. His good humour and cheerful disposition created a great atmosphere.

Fr Moses who replaced Fr Danny arrived on 5th August 2014 from Rome where is studying. He is originally from Jangbunu, Nigeria.
Fr Moses departed for Rome on 30th September 2014 and we wish him every happiness on his return. Fr Moses was very well received by our parishioners & we thank him for his good work during his stay with us.

Fr Moses returned for a second visit at the beginning of July 2016 and was with us until the end of September'16.    It was nice to have him back for his short stay with us until he returned to his communications study in Rome.

Fr Emmanuel & Fr Charles both arrived from the Diocese of Yola, Jangbunu, Nigeria on 2nd September 2014
and were appointed Assistant Priest's for the Parish Grouping of Dundrum, Ballinteer, Meadowbrook.
They were with us for two years and they returned home on 24th June 2016. We thank them for their good work here wish them well on their return home to their families & ministry.

Our current Parish Priest Fr Liam Belton was appointed as Parish Priest and Moderator
of the Pastoral area of Dundrum, Ballinteer, Meadowbrook on 5th September 2015.
Click on Fr Liam's photo below to read about him.



Priests Currently Serving in Ballinteer Parish

Click on their photos below for more detailes on each of our Priests.

Fr Liam Belton P.P.             Fr Christopher                       Fr Fidelis
Fr Liam Belton P.P. Moderator                Fr Christopher                Fr Fidelis







Fr Richard Behan's Life & Times
Fr Richard Behan P.P. V.F
Click on the link above to read about Fr Richard's life & times




 
 

The Priests of Ballinteer

The following are the priests who served in St John the Evangelist Parish, Ballinteer, Dublin 16, since the church opened in 1973.

Canon Sean Carey P.P, (Deceased),           1974 - 1992 and  1992 - 2001 Pastor Emeritus

Fr. Michael Loftus, 1969 - 1979                         Parish Priest in Kilmacud (Deceased)

Fr Owen Lynch, 1974 - 1980

Fr Michael Neenan, March 1980 - July 1980

Fr. Brendan Quinlan, 1978 - 1986

Fr Liam Murtagh, 1975 -1983

Fr Michael Hurley, 1986 - 1996

Fr. Paddy Barnard (Deceased), 1980 - 1988

Fr. Tony Maher (Deceased), 1988 - 1990

Fr Gerry Thornbery, 1990 - 1995

Canon John Battelle P.P., 1992 - July 2006.
He served as Pastor Emeritus until his death on 29/1/2012

Monsignor Patrick Keavney, (Deceased), 1995 - 1996

Fr Jim O'Sullivan, 1996 - 2009 (Deceased)

Fr Gay Slattery, 1996 - 2001

Fr Matty O'Farrell, 2001 - July 2006

Fr Richard Behan, P.P., Mod.,July 2006 - July 2015

Fr Brian Edwards, May '09 - August '09

Fr Stephen Dami Mamza, Sept'10 - March'11

Fr Gerald Byaruhanga, April'11 - 30th October'11

Fr Richard Fasuyi, 1st November'11 - 29th December'13

Fr Unoch Usifo, 1st July - 31st Sept 2012

Fr Danny MacLennan, 8th January'14 - 15th July 2014

Fr Moses, 6th August'14 - 30th September 2014

Fr Emmanuel, 2nd September'14 - 23rd June 2016

Fr Charles, 2nd September'14 - 23rd June 2016

Fr Liam Belton, P.P.,Mod., 5th September'15 - Present

Fr Moses, 1st July 2016 - 30th September 2016

Fr Christopher, 2nd September'16 - Present

Fr Fidelis, 2nd September'16 - Present

May God bless & protect each one of them. .





Canon Paddy Battelle's Life & Times
Canon Paddy Battelle
Click on the link above to read about Canon Paddy's life & times





Canon Carey
Canon Sean Carey's Life & Times


Fr Jim O'Sullivan RIP 30/5/1931 - 17/4/2009
Fr Jim O'Sullivan RIP
30/05/1931 - 17/04/2009
Click on Fr Jim's photo to read about his 1st Anniversary Mass also his Ministry and Funeral Mass





Fr Stephen Dami Mamza
Fr Stephen Dami Mamza

Click on Fr Stephen's photo to read about him and of his elevation to Bishop of Yola, Nigeria.






Fr Moses
Fr Moses

Click on Fr Moses photo to read about him.




Fr Gerald
Fr Gerald

Click on Fr Gerald's's photo to read about him and of the wonderful Orphanage he runs in Uganda.





Fr Brian Edwards               

Fr Brian Edwards was appointed on a termporary basis on 5th May 2009 and left
to take up a new apointment in Sandyford Parish on 1 September 2009.

Fr Brian returned on 1st September 2010 to take up duties as Co-Parish Priest to the Pastoral Area of Dundrum, Ballinteer, Meadowbrook.

Fr. Brian was appointed as Administrator to the Parishes of St. Martin de Porres, Tallaght and Bohernabreena and Church of the Holy Rosary, Ballycragh. On Saturday September 7th 2013 he took up his new responsibilities in Tallaght and Bohernabreena.
Fr Brian was then appointed Co P.P. in The Good Shepherd Church, Churchtown, Dublin 14 from 13th December 2014.


Click on his photo to read about him.


Fr Matty's Story

Fr Matty O'Farrell


Fr Matty O'Farrell

Click on "Fr Matty's Story" above to read about the life and times of Fr Matty.




Fr Gay Slattery P.P

Fr Gay Slattery

Fr Gay Slattery served in Ballinteer from 1996 to October 2001. He quickly endeared himself to people by his very pleasing personality and good humour. Each Sunday his Homily was inspiring and deeply appreciated by the congregation. In fact some parishioners made a point of finding out what mass Fr Gay was celebrating and attended to hear his homily.

Fr Slattery was appointed Parish Priest of St. John the Baptist, Clontarf, Dublin 3 by Cardinal Connell and took up his appointment in October 2001.


A Special Mass was held in St. John the Evangelist Church, Ballinteer
At 7:30pm on Friday 5 October 2001
To celebrate Fr Slattery's
Elevation to Parish Priest of Clontarf Parish

Fr Slattery's Farewell
Fr O'Sullivan, 
Fr Battell P.P (now Canon Battelle P.E) Fr Slattery, the late Canon Carey

L to R the late Fr Jim O'Sullivan, Fr Paddy Battelle P.P.,(now Canon Battelle P.E.) Fr Gay Slattery and the late Canon Carey

Fr Slattery arrived in our Parish on 14 September, 1996. Fr Slattery attended Blackrock College and was later ordained to the Priesthood in March 1968. He studied for a Doctorate in Freiburg in Switzerland. From 1973 - 1995 he was a Professor of Philosophy in Clonliffe College. After a sabbatical year in Jerusalem he was appointed as a Curate in the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Ballinteer.

He quickly endeared himself to people by his very pleasing personality and good humour. Each Sunday his Homily was inspiring and deeply appreciated by the congregation. In fact some parishioners made a point of finding out what mass Fr Gay was celebrating and attended to hear his homily.

A great tribute is due to him for the way he fulfilled his pastoral activities in Ballinteer while he lectured each week in UCD, Mater Dei and the Milltown Institute of Philosophy.

He has made a real and lasting contribution to the spiritual development of our Parish and community and we owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude.

We pray that he will be blessed in the future as he moves to the Church of St. John the Baptist, Clontarf.

Slan agus beannacht Fr Slattery, we will pray for you.





Fr Richard Fasuyi
Fr Richard Fasuyi

Click on Fr Richard Fasuyi's photo to read about him.





Fr Danny Mac Lennan
Fr Danny MacLennan

Click on Fr Danny's photo to read about him.


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