A hearty welcome to our new Rector of Esker Redemptorist Community, Fr. Brendan Callanan.
Brendan is a proud Cork City man, and proud too of his education in the ‘North Mon’ Secondary School. He took his first vows as a Redemptorist, here in Esker on September 15th, 1964, and after his studies (including a Science degree at UCG/ NUIG for four years) he was ordained on 2ndJuly 1972. Following his Ordination to the priesthood, Brendan worked for many years in Brazil, in our Redemptorist Vice Province of Fortaleza. In 1993, he was elected Provincial of the Dublin Province of Redemptorists, where he served for six years, 1993-1999. He then worked for two years in Clonard Monastery Belfast, before returning again to Brazil in 2002. Later, from 2007 to 2011, he worked in Suriname, in the Redemptorist mission in that country north of Brazil. He learned enough Dutch to be able to minister there in that remote area which is dear to the memory of Redemptorists everywhere: that is where the Redemptorist, Blessed Peter Donders, worked and died, ministering for years in a leper colony there.
Brendan returned to Ireland four years ago, and was appointed Administrator of St. Joseph’s Redemptorist parish in Dundalk. He now comes to Esker, his newest place of ministry to God’s people including the Redemptorist Community. Rath Dé ort, a Bhreandáin! Céad Míle Fáilte romhat!
P.S. Brendan has a great knowledge of all things GAA, most especially the Hurling. Being from Cork, ‘tis no wonder!