New rector appointed to Naas Union of parishes

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Archdeacon Craig McCauley has been appointed to be the new rector for Naas Union of parishes.

Currently rector of Virginia group of parishes in Kilmore diocese, he married to Vida and we have two children, Laura who is 22 and is a final year business studies student at Dublin City University and Matthew who is 18 and in 6th year at the Royal School Cavan.

Craig was born in Dublin but grew up in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Vida is originally from near Boyle in Co. Roscommon. Describing his faith journey he says, ”I became a committed Christian when I was 18 and at that time, I also sensed a call to ordained ministry. I was ordained in 1999 and have served in Banbridge, Co. Down, Kill O The Grange in Dublin and for the last 18 years as Rector of the Virginia Group of Parishes in Co. Cavan. 

Craig says, ”As I person I would describe myself as down to earth, what you see is what you get. Family is very important to me. I am a keen follower of Leinster Rugby and Liverpool FC and since September 2019 I’ve taken up running via the local parkrun and at the end of October 2022, I completed my first marathon in Dublin.” He continued, ”My passion is building through word, deed and action a welcoming, caring,Christian community centred on the person of Jesus Christ within the parish and out in the community.”

Talking of the move he commented, ”I am sad of course to be leaving the Virgina Group of Parishes and Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh diocese but I am excitedly looking forward to coming to Naas and to the Diocese of Meath and Kildare in early February 2023 and seeing what God has in store as we begin this new chapter of ministry. Until then I ask you to pray for me and my family as I will be praying for you.”