Fr Terence McGovern, a native of Carlow, was ordained to the priesthood on Sunday June 23rd by Bishop James Moriarty in the Cathedral of the Assumption. Deacon Sean Hyland from Kildare & Leighlin diocese and Deacon Barry Larkin from Ferns diocese assisted in the cermony which was also attended by a large number of priests and our Bishop Elect Fr Denis Nulty.
Fr McGovern is the youngest of three boys, all of whom live in Carlow as does his mother Mona. His father John passed away in 1998. Terence attended school in Carlow and went to UCD, while there he was offered a job in Carlow Council which he took and so cut short his studies at that time. It was during his time working in the Council that he decided to study law which he did at University College Galway and at the Law Society in Dublin. He worked for 15 years as a solicitor, initially at Lanigan, Malcomson & Law and then on his own at an office on the Athy Road in Carlow.
Having found himself drawn to the priesthood Terence spent a year in All Hallows College while waiting to commence his studies in the Beda College in Rome in 2009. The Beda College forms older men, often convert clergymen, for Catholic priesthood. Their period of study is four years because they are seen to have significant knowledge and experience already.
The newly ordained Fr McGovern said his first mass in the Cathedral on Monday night June 24th and gave his blessing afterwards. He is awaiting an appointment in the diocese.