Priests and Parish Deacon

Fr Peter McKiernan (Parish Priest) – Fr. Peter hails from Ballyconnell in the Parish of Kildallan. He was ordained in 1976 and served in the parishes of Corlough – Drumreilly Lower, Ballaghameehan, Glenade, Knockbride and Denn. He was appointed as Parish Priest of Crosserlough in autumn 2018 following the unexpected passing of Fr Micheál Quinn in July 2018. 

Fr Darragh Connolly (Priest in Residence) – Fr. Darragh Connolly is a native of the parish of Killashandra. He studied for the priesthood in St. Patrick’s College Maynooth and was ordained on the 23rd of June 2002. He was then appointed as Chaplain to Bailieborough Community School and resident priest in Tierworker in the parish of Kilmainhamwood and Moybologue. In 2006 he was assigned as full-time chaplain to the organisation ‘Direction for Our Times and The Apostolate of the Returning King’, a lay church movement which was founded in the diocese by a woman from the diocese, Anne, a lay apostle. The organisation has it’s headquarters at Tearmann Anama (formerly Holy Trinity Abbey) in the parish of Crosserlough. Fr. Darragh holds this full time position to date. Since 2006 he has been resident priest in the parishes of Killinkere, Urney and Annagelliffe and now the parish of Crosserlough, living in Crenew, Kilnaleck.

Monsignor PJ McManus (Pastor Emeritus) – Born in the townland of Greaghnagee (Parish of Lavey), Monsignor McManus was ordained in Maynooth on 22nd June 1947. Having ministered in Ireland and England for almost thirty years, he became Vicar General of Kilmore Diocese in 1976. He celebrated seventy years of church ministry in 2017 and almost forty of those years have been spent in Crosserlough Parish. The parish community, together with his family and friends, gathered in St Mary’s Church (Crosserlough) for a Mass of Thanksgiving in his honour on 2nd July 2017. He continues to celebrate daily Mass in Kilnaleck.

Deacon Andy Brady – Andy Brady was ordained as a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Kilmore on Sunday 5th October 2014. He is a Crosserlough native and resides in the townland of Derrylahan with his wife and their family. As a permanent deacon, Andy is primarily involved in works of charity and service. He also proclaims the Gospel and from time to time he delivers the homily at Sunday Mass. Andy assists at the altar, performs baptisms and presides at weddings and funeral services, not alone in our parish, but in other parts of the diocese as well.