There are two priests belonging to our Diocese of Dromore currently serving in our parish. Two Polish priests also serve in Newry, one from the Society of Christ and one diocesan priest. There is also a community of Dominican priests and brothers. Together, they serve the needs of some 29,000 people in Newry Parish.
Acting Administrator: Fr. Desmond Loughran
In June 2018, Bishop Boyce appointed the Very Rev. Desmond Loughran, Parish Priest of Dromore, as acting Administrator of Newry Cathedral Parish.
Canon Michael Hackett
Canon Hackett was born in Augher, Co Tyrone and attended Aughadarragh Primary School and St Colman’s College before studying for the priesthood.
Fr Krzysztof Kosciolek SChr
Born in Piwniczna in the Polish mountains, Fr Krzysztof has been based in Newry since 2013. Fr Krzysztof is a member of the Society of Christ.
Fr Colum Murphy (On sabbatical)
Fr. Colum Murphy is from Rostrevor and attended St. Mary’s Boys Primary School in Rostrevor, St. Louis Grammar school, Kilkeel and St. Colman’s College, Newry. Father Murphy is currently on sabbatical leave for training.
Fr Robert Markuszewski
Fr Robert was born in 1973 in Poland and was ordained to the priesthood in May 1998. Before coming to Newry Parish in Autumn 2018, he served as a curate in the diocese of Down and Connor, ministering to both the local congregation and Polish migrants.
The Dominican priests are responsible for the pastoral needs of parishioners in St Catherine’s Church. Click here for further details.