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Antun Pasalic pictured assisting Fr Tom Ryan and Bishop of Killaloe Fintan Monahan during St Patrick's Day Mass in 2020. The Croat is to be ordained this Sunday Photograph by John Kelly

Priest to be ordained at Ennis Cathedral this Sunday

Antun Pasalic will be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Killaloe by Bishop Fintan Monahan in the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul in Ennis this Sunday, April 24, (Divine Mercy Sunday), at 3pm.

Antun is a native of Zagreb, Croatia. He first came to Ireland when he was 18 years old and worked for some time in the Cistercian Abbey in Roscrea.

He began his studies for the priesthood in St. Patrick’s College Maynooth in 2015. Ordained as a deacon in September 2021, he has been ministering in the Ennis Parish and Abbey Pastoral Area since then. During his time of formation Antun has ministered in Ennis, Nenagh and at Knock Shrine.

Antun’s parents, Marko and Anđa, and his family, will travel from Croatia to be present at his ordination on Sunday. Mr Davor Vidis, the Croatian Ambassador to Ireland will also be in attendance.

Fr. Antun will celebrate his First Mass of Thanksgiving in the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul on Monday evening at 7.30pm. Both the Ordination and First Mass may be viewed online on the Cathedral Webcam at www.ennisparish.com

Speaking about Sunday’s ordination Bishop Monahan said; “Antun’s ordination on Sunday is a cause of great joy and source of renewed hope for all of us in the Diocese of Killaloe.

“He is among the many faithful people who have made their home in Ireland from other nations in recent years and I pray that his priesthood will enrich the life of the Church in Killaloe Diocese for many years to come. Ad Multos Annos.”

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