Biography

 

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Most Rev Alan McGuckian, SJ

 

Fr Alan McGuckian was born in 1953, the youngest of six children of the late Brian and Pauline McGuckian in Cloughmills, Co. Antrim.

Schooling in Cloughmills and in St MacNissis College, Garron Tower was followed by a year of First Arts in Queens University, Belfast, where he studied Irish and Scholastic Philosophy.

Tháinig sé go Rann na Feirste den chéad uair sa bhliain 1968 agus tá sé ag teacht go rialta chuig Gaeltacht Dhún na nGall ó shin.

In October 1972 he joined the Jesuit novitiate in Clontarf in Dublin. His training for the priesthood involved Philosophy in the Milltown Institute in Dublin and Theology in the Toronto School of Theology.

After ordination to the priesthood in 1984 Fr Alan worked in secondary education for four years in Clongowes Wood College. In the 1990s he ran the Jesuit Communication Centre in Dublin. During this period he was involved in setting up the web sites www.sacredspace.ie and www.catholicireland.net. Along with Mr Tony Bolger he set up Church Resources and Church Services TV. San am céanna bhí sé ag obair in earnáil na Gaeilge mar Eagarthóir ar An Timire agus Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta.

I mBéal Feirste dóó 2006 bhí sé ag tabhairt seirbhís seiplíneachta do chuid mhór Gaelscoileanna agus ag freastal ar Phobal an Aifrinn Ghaeilge.

Fr Alan served for a few years as Chaplain in the University of Ulster at Jordanstown and Belfast.

For the last six years he has worked closely with the Diocese of Down and Connor in the Living Church project. This began in 2011 with a Listening Process in all 87 parishes which led to the publication of a document known as the Living Church Report in 2012. On foot of this report Bishop Treanor asked Fr Alan to set up and lead the Living Church Office whose goal has been to make concrete the hopes and aspirations expressed first of all in the Living Church Report and then in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. One element of the Plan was the establishment of the Permanent Diaconate.

In recent years a key element of the work of the Living Church has been the rolling out of Facilitative and Discerning Leadership training which aims to foster a culture of co-responsibility for the mission of the church between clergy and laity.Fr Alan McGuckian was born in 1953, the youngest of six children of the late Brian and Pauline McGuckian in Cloughmills, Co. Antrim.

Schooling in Cloughmills and in St MacNissis College, Garron Tower was followed by a year of First Arts in Queens University, Belfast, where he studied Irish and Scholastic Philosophy.

Tháinig sé go Rann na Feirste den chéad uair sa bhliain 1968 agus tá sé ag teacht go rialta chuig Gaeltacht Dhún na nGall ó shin.

In October 1972 he joined the Jesuit novitiate in Clontarf in Dublin. His training for the priesthood involved Philosophy in the Milltown Institute in Dublin and Theology in the Toronto School of Theology.

After ordination to the priesthood in 1984 Fr Alan worked in secondary education for four years in Clongowes Wood College. In the 1990s he ran the Jesuit Communication Centre in Dublin. During this period he was involved in setting up the web sites www.sacredspace.ie and www.catholicireland.net. Along with Mr Tony Bolger he set up Church Resources and Church Services TV. San am céanna bhí sé ag obair in earnáil na Gaeilge mar Eagarthóir ar An Timire agus Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta.

I mBéal Feirste dóó 2006 bhí sé ag tabhairt seirbhís seiplíneachta do chuid mhór Gaelscoileanna agus ag freastal ar Phobal an Aifrinn Ghaeilge.

Fr Alan served for a few years as Chaplain in the University of Ulster at Jordanstown and Belfast.

For the last six years he has worked closely with the Diocese of Down and Connor in the Living Church project. This began in 2011 with a Listening Process in all 87 parishes which led to the publication of a document known as the Living Church Report in 2012. On foot of this report Bishop Treanor asked Fr Alan to set up and lead the Living Church Office whose goal has been to make concrete the hopes and aspirations expressed first of all in the Living Church Report and then in the Diocesan Pastoral Plan. One element of the Plan was the establishment of the Permanent Diaconate.

In recent years a key element of the work of the Living Church has been the rolling out of Facilitative and Discerning Leadership training which aims to foster a culture of co-responsibility for the mission of the church between clergy and laity.

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Born in Downings, Co. Donegal on the 25th January 1940. Educated at Derryhassen school in Meevagh (Downings) parish and at Castlremartyr College, Co. Cork.

He joined the noviciate of the Discalced Carmelites in Loughrea, Co. Galway, making his first profession in 1959.

Having completed philosophical studies in Dublin, he studied theology at the Teresianum in Rome, where he was ordained on the 17th April 1966. He received a doctorate in theology (DD) in 1977 with a dissertation the spirituality of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

During his twenty years on the teaching staff of the Pontifical Theological Faculty of the Carmelites in Rome, he taught spirituality and dogmatic theology, and for many years was engaged in the work of formation of students preparing for the priesthood or doing postgraduate studies.

Bishop Boyce was ordained Bishop of Raphoe on 1st October 1995 in the Cathedral of Ss. Eunan and Columba.

His Motto “In the Service of Mother Church” is of Carmelite origin. It sums up the mission he sees entrusted to him in the Episcopal ministry: one of service tot he people of God in the diocese of Raphoe and to the whole family of the Church.

He is a member of various Episcopal Commissions. He has been a consultor of the Congregation for the causes of Saints since 1985. In May 1999 the Holy Father appointed him a member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.