Former antique trader ordained to priesthood in Limerick

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsLocal NewsFormer antique trader ordained to priesthood in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – July 24, 2014 1544 Advertisement Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter WhatsApp Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories TAGSBishop Brendan LeahyFr David CasesylimerickLimerick DioceseSt John’s Cathedral WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Previous articleThe Way of the Fight 2.0Next article#newmusic CHANGING TRAINS – ‘Won’t Let You Down’ Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Fr David Casey with Bishop Brendan Leahy during the ordination ceremony in St John’s Cathedral on SaturdayFIFTY six-year-old Limerick city native David Casey, the only priest ordained in the Limerick Diocese this year, is looking at his ministry and the challenges facing the Church as an opportunity for a “new beginning”.Fr Casey was ordained by Bishop Brendan Leahy at St John’s Cathedral last Saturday to fulfil a call he got as a child but put to one side until he felt the time was right. Son of the late Noel and Teresa Casey from O’Connell Avenue, he said he regards his ordination at the age of 56 as more of a “slow response” than a late vocation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I did feel this call as a young man but I put it aside. I had a friend who gave the homily at my first Mass and he spoke about the Pre-Vatican II approach to priesthood when ordination was seen as an ‘arrival’ but it is now looked at as more of a launch, an entry into a ministry of service,” Fr David commented.“There is a great sense of fulfilment, having put it off for so long and then having answered the question. This is the way for me,” he added.One of six children, four brothers and one sister, David worked in real estate and in the antique trade before planting the seeds of his future priesthood back in the 1990s when he studied Philosophy and Theology and did a Masters in Spirituality at the Milltown Institute; graduating with his Masters in 1997.He responded to ‘the call’ over four years ago when he began his studies for the priesthood at The Pontifical Beda College in Rome, which was founded in 1852 to form older men and often convert clergymen for Catholic priesthood.Fr David says he fully appreciates the challenges facing the Church but that they present an opportunity to build again.“I am definitely making a new beginning, coming into ministry at this hour of my life.  It is also a time of new and much needed beginning for the Church and we are seeing the seeds of that being sown,” he said.last_img

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