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Priors of Lough Derg

List of Priors dating back to 1780 when the Pilgrimage became the responsibility of the Diocese of Clogher.

2017 (October) 

Rev Laurence (La) Flynn. 

A native of Roslea, Co Fermanagh. Became Administrator of Pettigo Parish when appointed Prior of Lough Derg.

Fr La was born in Roslea in 1950. From St Tierney’s Primary School he went to St Michael’s College, Enniskillen. His seminary training was in Maynooth and then in the Irish College in Rome. He was ordained priest in 1976 and first ministered on Lough Derg during the three-day pilgrimage season of 1978. He has served each summer since then, apart from 1992 – 98, which included his four years as a volunteer priest in Kitui Diocese in Kenya. From 1979 to 1991, while he taught in St Macartan’s College, Fr La regularly covered the July-August weeks of the pilgrimage season as well as the opening weekend of the season in June, so he is no stranger to pilgrims over many years.

His appointments have included CC Monaghan Town, CC Carrickmacross and CC Clogher, before becoming PP Tullycorbet Parish (Ballybay) in 2004. Fr La has trained in spiritual direction in Manresa. His areas of engagement include liturgical renewal and church music, ecumenism (he was a founder member of Fermanagh Churches Forum), and adult faith development, especially in the New Heart New Spirit programme which ran in various venues across Clogher Diocese for twelve years from 2003.

2013 – 2017 (Sept) Rev. Owen J McEneaney

A native of Raferagh, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan. Now Parish Priest of Tullycorbet Parish (Ballybay), Co Monaghan.

1991 – 2013 Monsignor Richard Mohan
A native of Coonian, Co. Fermanagh. Now Parish Priest of Clones, Co Monaghan 

1980-1990 Monsignor Gerard McSorley
A native of Newtownsaville, Co. Tyrone. Now Pastor Emeritus of Ballybay, Co. Monaghan

1979 Rev. Sean McNaboe
A native of Dromore, Co. Tyrone. Parish Priest of Clones Co. Monaghan from 1976-1998. Died 23 January 2000. Buried in Clones.

1961-1978 Monsignor Thomas Flood
Parish Priest of Dromore, Co. Tyrone from 1961-1987. Died 29 January 1987. Buried in Dromore

1942-1960 Monsignor E. C. Ward
Parish Priest of Latton, Co. Monaghan. Parish Priest of Clones. Died 6 October 1973. Buried in Clones

1909-1942 Dean Patrick Keown
Parish Priest of Carrickmacross and Dean of Diocese of Clogher. Died 18 October 1946.

1877-1909 Rev. James McKenna

1857- 1876 Rev. Edward McKenna

1831-1856 Rev. Patrick Moynagh

1830 Rev. Daniel Boylan

1800 – 1829 Rev. Patrick Bellew

1780-1800 Rev. Patrick Murray

1780 – Clergy from the Diocese of Clogher, appointed by
the Bishop of Clogher


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