Welcome to the latest member of our clergy team

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We are delighted to welcome Rev Fran Grasham as she joins our diocesan clergy team. She is also the first female Chaplain to the Forces in Ireland.

Fran will serve as an Non-Stipendiary-Minister – 1½ days a week across the Kildare and Newbridge Group of Parishes and as Chaplain to the Curragh for ½ a day a week. Father Seamus Madigan, Head Chaplain to the Defence Forces said, “On behalf of the Service I wish to express a very warm welcome to Rev Fran and I hope that she will have a long and fulfilling ministry within the Defence Forces”. Rev Grasham will be based in the Curragh in the DFTC

Originally a primary school teacher she was previously a priest in the Church of England. Fran is married to Steve (CIYD Youth Ministry Development Officer for the South of Ireland). They have two children – Katherine (23) and Joseph (20).

Fran enjoys reading, knitting, the countryside and American crime drama!

Her service of Introduction will be held in St Brigid’s Cathedral,Kildare on 19 January 2017.