Fr Ian ByrnesI was born in Dublin in November 1946 and grew up there. I was educated by the Jesuits and this influenced me to consider the Priesthood. I went for some advice when I was 18 and both the Priest and I realised that it was not the right time.

For the next nine years I found myself training and running hotels as a manager. During that time I was engaged to be married, but during the preparation I realised that the Lord was once again reminding me about my call to Priesthood. We decided to part and I am glad to say that she is married now with two children.

I went into All Hallows College, Dublin and was ordained on 8th June 1980 for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.
In 1984, I was delighted to have the opportunity to go to Latin America (Bolivia for college and Peru for ministry) until 1991. I am back in my diocese ministering in my third parish.

From my life experience, I am really delighted to have had the opportunity to truly reflect with God's family in different languages and cultures about Our Father, the God of Compassion and the God of Law. This is especially felt when we are celebrating the 50th year since the Second Vatican Council which had great vision of a living Church.

Our Church should be full of compassion, expressed in worshiping, teaching, and shepherding (our Baptism). We only see the Compassion of God, when we wish to become the compassion God in human form.

Be assured of my prayers for our pilgrimage journey to the Kingdom of God here on earth as it is in heaven. "