There are three 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.

Administrator: Canon Francis Brown

Canon Francis, a native of Hilltown, was ordained on 9th June 1974. He is the former President, and a past pupil, of St. Colman’s College, Newry.

Fr. Desmond Loughran

Fr. Desmond Loughran, Parish Priest of Dromore, is a native 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 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.

Dominican Community


The Dominican priests and brothers have a priory in Newry and the beautiful Church of The Sacred Heart and Saint Catherine of Sienna.  Click here for further details.