Ordination of Fr John O’Laverty to the Priesthood

    Congratulation to Fr John O’Laverty who was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Noel Treanor on  Sunday 31st July, in St Patrick’s Church, Legamaddy.

    Fr John (30), a native of the parish of Bright, following his early studies in St Nicholas’ Primary School, Ardglass and St Patrick’s Grammar School, Downpatrick, completed a degree in accountancy at Queen’s University Belfast in 2013.

    In 2015, John entered St Malachy’s Seminary, Belfast where he commenced his formation and preparation for the priesthood, studying scholastic philosophy. In 2017, John was sent to the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, to continue his priestly formation, where he completed a degree in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University (2020) before continuing his formation at the Venerable English College, Rome and post-graduate studies in the field of Canon Law. Fr John O’Laverty will return to Rome this September to complete his Licentiate studies in Canon Law.

    During the course of his formation, John has also assisted in various parishes across the Diocese of Down and Connor.