Fahan father of two ordained deacon in Cork

Damian McCabe, second from right, pictured with his mother Rebecca and uncles John and Liam McElhinney following his ordination as a deacon.

A FAHAN native, who has recently been ordained as a deacon, said he is looking forward to serving his parish and working closely with priests in his new parish.

Damian McCabe, who now lives in Cork, was among six married fathers who were ordained as permanent deacons in the diocese of Cloyne.

Damian, who is father to two daughters aged three and nine, said his wife Rachel encouraged him to pursue the idea of becoming a deacon.

“Between the education side, the lectures, prayers and retreat, it was a big commitment.” Damian said in an interview with the Inishowen Independent.

“But my wife Rachel said it was a perfect fit because of my faith. She said I should 100 per cent go for it and supported me all the way.”

Damian said his faith has always been important to him and he is looking forward to the opportunity of working in a parish alongside the priests.

“I have always had faith but when I was in secondary school in Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana I turned away from God, but thankfully I met the right people in my life who turned me on the right journey and I’m excited to see what it will bring,” he said.

“I will meet with the Bishop at the weekend to find out where my parish will be.

“I will be sent to a nearby local parish within our diocese so it’d won’t be a big change – for us deacons it will be family first, then our jobs and then serving the deaconate.”


For the full interview, see this week’s Inishowen Independent

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Damian Dowds

Damian studied at NUI Maynooth and worked with Intel Ireland on graduation. Followings stints as a civil servant in Leinster House, and with magazine publisher Ashville Media, he returned to Inishowen to set up the Inishowen Independent in 2007.