ROME, December 23 -- Fr. Dominic Farrell LC is one
more than 50 men who were ordained Catholic priests of
the Legionaries of Christ today in Rome.
Franc Cardinal Rode CM,
prefect of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of
Apostolic Life, presided over the ordinations at the famous Basilica
of St. Mary Major. The newly ordained priests join the
650 Legionary priests already working around the world in a
wide variety of apostolic works to help the Church and
Fr. Dominic, 33, is from the diocese of Down and
Connor, Northern Ireland. He was born in Newtownards, County Down.
He spent nine years of his childhood in Scotland, living
mainly in Glasgow. Back in Ireland he finished primary school
at St. Joseph’s Carryduff. At St. Joseph’s Parish he was
an altar boy under Fr. Joseph Campbell. Thanks to that
priest’s example he began to feel drawn to the priesthood.
From 1985-1992 he studied at Our Lady and St. Patrick’s
College Knock in Belfast. He entered the Dublin novitiate of
the Legionaries of Christ right after secondary school.
acquainted with the Legionaries of Christ because a couple of
classmates played a practical joke during a vocations talk,” Fr.
Dominic said “They put my name and address on a
request-form for further information. At that moment I wasn’t interested
at all in being a priest. Then God began to
shake me up. I can’t account for it. I began
to feel God’s presence and he virtually led me through
the seminary door.”
Soon after he was sent to do
the two-year novitiate in Germany. In 1994, he took his
vows in the historic cathedral of Aachen. He then studied
humanities and classics in Salamanca , Spain, for two years,
before having to teach these subjects from 1996-1999 in the
Legionary seminary in Cheshire, Connecticut. “I’m not the teacher-type, but
I really enjoyed forming future priests.”
During the last seven years
he has been studying philosophy and theology at the Pontifical
Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome. At the same time he
has been working as assistant to the head of that
university’s philosophy department. He has also spent several summers working
Fr. Dominic is now working on a doctorate in