Understanding God's Call

Year for Vocations to the Diocesan Priesthood

“Whom shall I send?’…‘Here I am…send me!’”

– The Call of Isaiah (Isaiah 6:1-13)


The Diocese of Killaloe has commenced a year-long initiative to encourage men to consider joining the priesthood.

We are very hopeful that we can build on recent progress whereby three men from the Diocese will enter the seminary at Maynooth over the next 12 months.

Our vocations initiative includes visits by our Vocations Director Fr. Ignatius McCormack to parish churches where we will be seeking to kickstart conversations within family groups, with local priests and in communities across the Diocese on the vocation of priesthood.

We are encouraging any man who has been considering a vocation and is exploring their calling to make contact today with the Vocations Office or to speak with their local priest. Most newly ordained priests will comment on how the encouragement and counsel they received from their local priest greatly assisted in commencing their journey to priestly ministry.

Pictured at St. Flannan’s College in Ennis is Diocese of Vocations Director Fr. Ignatius McCormack and Mark Nestor of Ennis, Co. Clare, who entered the seminary at Maynooth in September 2023. Mark is a former student of St. Flannan’s College where Fr. Iggy currently is Principal.


The remarkable story of Mark Nestor – Student for Killaloe Diocese










For information on Vocations to the Priesthood or Religious Life contact: Vocations Director Fr. Ignatius McCormack, President, St Flannans College, Ennis, Co. Clare or any one of the Diocesan Vocations Committee:Bishop Fintan Monahan, Fr. Iggy McCormack, Mr. Jimmy Carmody, Ms Marian Nixon, Fr. Brendan Quinlivan, Mr. Jimmy Morris, Fr. Ger Jones, Mr. Ray McInerney, Ms. Chris Lemass.

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