A YOUNG Kilkenny man was ordained a Dominican priest on Sunday at a special service in Dublin.
Fr Denis Murphy from Grain in the parish of Urlingford told the Kilkenny People that he realised that he had a vocation when he was in his late teens. “I suppose I was always a pious teenager but not overly so. However when I started college in Carlow it became stronger,” he said.
The 31-year old went to Urlingford National School and then to St Kieran’s College. He joined the Dominican Order when he was 23 and underwent a one-year noviciate in Cork. “I was the only one who joined the order that year. After Cork I went to the Dominican Priory and I went to the Miltown Institute where I studied a degree in philosophy. I then went on to spend two years in Oxford and Maynooth where I studied theology,” he said.
His ordination took place at St Saviour’s Church and his parents, Marie and Michael along with other family and friends attended the ceremony. His sister, Marie also flew back from Luxembourg with his husband Shane Mullally from Lisdowney and their two children Jake (3) and Caline (8 months).
Fr Murphy knows that his choice is somewhat unconventional but describes himself as being that way himself. “I am into film and art. I like all the arts and especially performance art. I like a variety of music from Mozart to Noah and the Whale,” adding that the band are playing next month in Dublin. “I am hoping to go see them for my birthday,” he said.
When asked about choosing not to have a family of his own Fr Murphy agrees that it is ‘a big sacrifice’. “I wasn’t that bothered by it (having a family) in my twenties but now I see my nephews and I wonder what it would be like to have children of my own. I have chosen to be a priest which means I dont have other choices. I look at it in the same way as if you marry someone then you dont choose to be with someone else,” he added.
Fr Murphy celebrated Mass at Grain Church on Monday evening and family and friends joined him in celebrating the occasion afterwards in Langtons.