At a meeting of the Diocesan Chapter on Thursday 21st April 2016 the Very Rev Sean Canon O’Doherty was elected Archdeacon of Ossory by the Canons of the Diocese.
The role of Archdeacon is an honorific appointment. It is a role that can be found in the emerging christian communities from as early as the end of the third century. The Archdeacon was to act as an assistant to the bishop in the administration of the local church, in the care of the poor, as a leader of the priests and the Diocesan Chapter. It is a role that is now largely carried out by the Vicars General but the honour is still conferred on a senior priest of a diocese by his peers.
Archdeacon O’Doherty was born in 1941 in the parish of Rosbercon. He received his education in our Diocesan secondary school and college, St Kieran’s College, and was ordained from there on the 6th June 1965. Since his ordination Sean has served in the parishes of Tullaroan, Conahy, Callan, as Chaplain in St Luke’s Hospital and in Ballycallan. He was appointed Parish Priest of Durrow in 1991 and he continues to minister there caring for the people of the parish. Sean was elected to the Diocesan Chapter in 2015 and is now elected by his peers as Archdeacon of the Diocese of Ossory. We wish Sean all of God’s blessing in his new role in our Diocese.