Introducing the newly appointed rector of Dunboyne and Rathmolyon Group of Parishes

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Dublin born Eugene has been a curate-assistant in the parishes of Castleknock and Mulhuddart with Clonsilla since September 2014.

Prior to being ordained to the deaconate in 2013, he was an accountant in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin and an auditor in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General in Dublin Castle.

Music has always played a big part in his life and it is through choral singing that Eugene met his wife Joanna. They will be celebrating 25 years of married life later this year.

Eugene came to faith when he was a Lay Vicar Choral in St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, where he currently holds the position of Treasurer’s Vicar.

Children’s ministry is very important to him. Over the term of his curacy, he founded The Dublin and Glendalough Schools Choir Competition as a new diocesan initiative. He also had the pleasure of co-ordinating and leading the annual Primary Schools Service for the last two years. On a parish level, he enormously enjoys engaging with children, their parents and people of all ages. Ecumenically, he has brought churches of various denominations together in Castleknock to celebrate the start of Advent and a walk of witness on Good Friday.

Relationships are at the core of his ministry. He says: “Our relationships with one another form the basis of any faith community. Underpinning all these relationships is our own relationship with God who is the anchor upon which we build everything in life. Jesus asks us all, as his disciples to ‘get out of the boat’ just as Peter did. I am very glad that the Holy Spirit gives me the courage to follow the examples of countless men and women down through the centuries and to put my trust and hope in God’s divine purpose.”

Eugene says that both Joanna and he are “delighted to be given the opportunity to put down roots in the Dunboyne and Rathmolyon Group of Parishes.  to live, work and worship among you and they are really looking forward to getting to know its people and places over the coming years, especially all the best places to bring our dog Jessie for her walks.”