Priests and Religious

There are three priests belonging to our Diocese of Dromore currently serving in our parish. Two Polish priests also serve in Newry, one from the Society of Christ and one diocesan priest. There is also a community of Dominican priests and brothers. Together, they serve the needs of some 29,000 people in Newry Parish.

Administrator: Canon Francis Brown

Canon Francis, a native of Hilltown, was ordained on 9th June 1974. He is the former President, and a past pupil, of St. Colman’s College, Newry.

Fr Alphonsus Chukwunenye

Fr Alphonsus is a Missionary of St. Paul from Nigeria. He was appointed as curate in Newry Parish in September 2020.

Fr Carlos Esteban Rojo

Fr Carlos Esteban Rojo (from Spain) is on loan from the Archdiocese of Armagh. He was ordained in May 2023 by Archbishop Eamon Martin.

Fr Wojciech Stachyra SChr

Polish chaplain

Francesco Campiello

Francesco (from northern Italy) is a seminarian of Redemptoris Mater Archdiocesan Missionary Seminary, Dundalk. He is on loan from the Archdiocese of Armagh. He will be ordained to the diaconate in October 2023 by Archbishop Eamon Martin.

Dominican Community


The Dominican priests and brothers have a priory in Newry and the beautiful Church of The Sacred Heart and Saint Catherine of Sienna.  Click here for further details.

Sisters of Saint Clare

The Sisters of Saint Clare have had a community in Newry since 1830. You can learn more about the history of the Poor Clares in Newry by clicking here. Today they have convents at Ashgrove and Glenvale.

Sisters of Mercy

The Sisters of Mercy have had a community in Newry since 1855. Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy. Convent of Mercy, Catherine Street, Newry, Co. Down, BT34 6JG. Click here to learn more about the Sisters of Mercy.