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Fr Owen Gallagher ordained priest in Wirral church


The Bishop of Shrewsbury has ordained Fr Owen Gallagher to the priesthood during a Mass in a church on the Wirral.

Fr Owen Gallagher, 40, was consecrated in the Church of St Michael’s and All Angels, Woodchurch, on Saturday July 13 and he has begun his ministry as an assistant priest at Shrewsbury Cathedral.

In his homily, Bishop Mark Davies pointed to the example of St John Vianney, the patron saint of priests, whose heart was venerated as a relic in the same church some seven years earlier.

Bishop Davies said that every pope of modern times has recommended the Cure of Ars as a guide to the mission of priests and “indeed for a new evangelisation”.

Like St John and the other saints, all in the Church alike must “strive for holiness by every means”, said Bishop Davies, who has designated 2019 as a diocesan Year of Holiness.

Fr Gallagher, who comes from Northern Ireland, paid tribute to all the people who helped him in his journey to the priesthood.

“This is a very joyful occasion for me indeed, it has been a long time in the making,” he said in a note in the programme. “I hope that you can feel this joy too.

“As much as you are happy for me, as much as you might like to congratulate me, I ask you to do only one thing: please pray that I will always love God above all things and that I will give everything I have, everything I am, to the service of you, God’s people.”



(Photos by Simon Caldwell)