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Father Brian D'Arcy C.P. (born 1945) is a Passionist priest based in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. A noted author, newspaper columnist, broadcaster and preacher, he serves as Rector of St. Gabriel's Retreat, the Graan.

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Early life

D'Arcy grew up in the village of Bellanaleck in County Fermanagh.[1] His father Hugh worked at Enniskillen railway station[2] and had been a notable Gaelic Athletic Association footballer in his youth.[3] The young D'Arcy's education began in a local school before he was sent to the Christian Brothers School in Omagh.[4] Having successfully sat the Eleven Plus exam, he entered St. Michael's College, Enniskillen.[5] He later studied scholastic philosophy at UCD.[6]

Pastoral life

In September 1962, at the age of 17, D'Arcy became a novice at the Passionist monastery in Enniskillen.[7] A year later he was transferred to Mount Argus in Dublin.[6] He was ordained a priest in December 1969.[8]

In his early years as a priest, D'Arcy became an unofficial chaplain to the showbusiness community in Dublin, visiting dancehalls seven nights a week and hearing confessions from musicians and fans alike.[9] Such was his fame during this period that he reportedly became the inspiration for Dermot Morgan's character, Father Brian Trendy.[10]

Father D'Arcy has publicly opposed the existing displinary norms regarding clerical celibacy and has sought the possibility to ordain married priests.[11][12]

Media career

D'Arcy hosts a weekly radio programme on BBC Northern Ireland[13] called Religion and Ethics on the air. Since July 1976 he has written the "Father Brian's Little Bit of Religion" column for the Sunday World.[14].

On Sunday 15 April, 2007, D'Arcy replaced Canon Roger Royle on the long standing BBC Radio 2 Show, Sunday Half Hour.[15]

Awards

D'Arcy received the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of his services to the promotion of religious understanding on 30 June 2009 from the University of Ulster [16].

Response to Murphy Report

After the publication of the Murphy Report Fr. D'Arcy accused the Vatican of hiding behind legal procedures in not dealing with allegations of child abuse within the church.[17] He also called for resignations of high-ranking figures in the Catholic Church in Ireland following the publication of the report.[18]

References

  1. ^ D'Arcy, Brian, A Different Journey, (Sliabh Bán Productions, 2006, ISBN0-9545829-5-0) p.17
  2. ^ A Different Journey, p.18
  3. ^ A Different Journey, p.19
  4. ^ A Different Journey, p.20
  5. ^ A Different Journey, p.21
  6. ^ a b A Different Journey, p.38
  7. ^ A Different Journey, p.27
  8. ^ A Different Journey, p.46
  9. ^ A Different Journey, p.55
  10. ^ Connection with Brian Trendy
  11. ^ Priest resigns over relationship
  12. ^ Why Ireland Is Running Out of Priests
  13. ^ Weekly radio program
  14. ^ Link to recent article
  15. ^ Press Release from the BBC
  16. ^ Honorary Degree for Fr Brian D'Arcy University of Ulster, 30 June 2009
  17. ^ 'I was not in a position to comment. The report was already done', Ronan McGreevy, The Irish Times, 1 December 2009, retrieved 4 December 2009.
  18. ^ Brian D'Arcy: Senior Church figures should step down, Ireland On-Line News Headlines, 27 November 2009, retrieved 4 December 2009
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