St. Joseph’s Parish Wilton consists of approximately 800 households.
The Parish includes Lower Bishopscourt, Donscourt, Cardinal Court, Wilton Court & Manor, Clashduv & Riverview Estate, Sandymount, Southbury Road, Summerstown, Green Park, Wilton Lawn & Villas, part of Glasheen Road, Wilton Park Villas, part of Bishopstown Road.
St. Joseph’s Church, Wilton was built in 1897. It was attached to the adjacent St Joseph’s College which for many years was a house of formation for students of the Society of African Missions (SMA) preparing for priesthood in Africa. It is now a retirement house for missionaries as well as a house of mission animation.
The Parish was formally erected in 1982 by the Bishop of Cork & Ross, Rt Rev Michael Murphy. On 1 December 2007 the Parish celebrated its Silver Jubilee. The occasion was marked by a special Thanksgiving Mass at which the then Bishop of Cork & Ross, Rt Rev John Buckley, was the principal concelebrant and was joined by a number of SMA and diocesan priests. Among them was the Provincial Superior of SMA, Fr Fachtna O’Driscoll, the Vicar General of the diocese, Canon Kevin O’Callaghan and the Dean of Cork, Canon Denis O’Connor.
Five Parish Priests have served the parish:
Fr James O’Kane SMA : 1982-1992
Fr Maurice Kelleher SMA : 1992-1998
Fr John O’Brien SMA : 1998-2004
Fr Cormac Breathnach SMA : 2004-2015
Fr Michael O’Leary SMA : 2015
Next to the church is a large two-storey Community Centre which has a daily morning coffee dock, a Parish office, large community hall and various meeting rooms. This vibrant Centre hosts many groups and activities. St Joseph’s is fortunate in the number of volunteers etc., who are involved in so many activities, both parish-based and beyond.
Bingo is run on Monday nights in the Centre and Parent at 8 pm and Toddlers meet on a Monday morning, together with numerous activities carried out there during the week.
The Parish has a number of active volunteer groups assisting with the work of the parish on various days of the week, including the following, Baptism team, Bible study group, Meditation group, Prayer Group, Church choir, Bereavement Group, Altar Flower Group, Ministers of the Eucharist, Ministers of the Word, Money collectors & counters.
GPS Coordinates: 51.89861, -8.49583
- Added: 23 Nov 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2655928
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