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Dublin's newest priest spent ten years as a car saleman

Fr Seamus McEntee, who is 48 ,was ordained by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin today.

DUBLIN’S NEWEST CATHOLIC priest has something of an unusual background.

Fr Seamus McEntee, who is 48, was today ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Dublin at the Pro-Cathedral by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin after studying and ministering as a deacon for several years.

However, before entering the seminary, Fr McEntee worked in sales in the motor industry in Dublin for more than a decade.

The priest, who was brought up on a farm in Rathcoole in south county Dublin, studied business and marketing management at the College of Marketing and Design in Mountjoy Square  -  now part of DIT –  in the 1980s before emigrating to London, where he worked in HR and retail.

During the 1990s, he changed direction and spent five years with the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order founded by Mother Teresa,  and began studying philosophy.

When he came back to Ireland, he took up a job as a car salesman for more than ten years, before joining St Patrick’s Seminary in Maynooth in 2009.

Fr Mcentee said he was inspired to become a priest “to share the love and mercy of God that I have experienced in my life,” which he attributed to his time working with the Missionaries of Charity.

Speaking at the ordination, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin praised Fr McEntee for his work and said that  ”being a priest today is not easy. It was never easy”.

There are currently eight men studying to become priests for the Dublin Archdiocese.

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