A widower in his 70s has been ordained a priest in the Diocese of Cloyne.
John Magner was born into a farming family in Castletownroche and was educated in both CBS Doneraile and St Colman's College in Fermoy. He first entered the seminary at St Patrick's College in Carlow in 1964, when he was 18. However, he left before taking holy orders.
Some years after leaving the seminary, he went on to marry Maria O’Mahony and become father to two daughters, Gemma and Emily.
John spent most of his working life as a credit controller, working at Sunbeam Ltd Cork for 15 years. He was also a director of Blackpool Credit Union for seventeen years, fulfilling roles such as honorary secretary and chairperson.
For the last 11 years of his working life he was employed with the Credit Union as a full time credit controller. Much of this work involved providing financial counselling to people who were experiencing financial difficulties.
Sadly, John's beloved wife Maria passed away in 2005. In 2012, John applied to the Diocese of Cloyne to resume his studies for the priesthood. His application was accepted and he undertook Philosophy and Theology studies in St Patrick's College in Maynooth, finishing a Baccalaureate in Divinity in 2017.
Rev. Magner was ordained to the priesthood on Sunday by Bishop William Crean.
He was the first priest ordained in the Diocese this year and his daughters sang at the ceremony.
He is currently resident in Whitechurch and celebrated his First Mass of Thanksgiving on Monday June 26 at 7.30pm in St Patrick's Church, Whitechurch.
His first parish will be Kanturk, where he will minister alongside Canon Jackie Corkery.
Anyone interested in applying to study for priesthood in Cloyne should contact their local priest. Alternatively, they can call Fr. Brian Boyle, Director of Vocations, at 029 50061, or firstname.lastname@example.org.