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Paul Thornton

Paul Thornton is the Parish Pastoral Worker employed by the Dublin diocese and was appointed to work here in the Greystones and Kilquade Pastoral Area. Previously he worked for 36 years in technical roles within eircom.

For many years he has been involved in parish work, Minister of the Word, Minister of the Eucharist and so on. In addition he was involved within the areas of Spirituality, involving prayer facilitation and adult faith formation.

Archbishop Dermot Martin introduced the role of Parish Pastoral Worker into the Dublin diocese a number of years ago. It is a role that answers a call from within Vatican II, for the church to utilise the many gifts of the spirit that grow out from the laity. Paul saw it as an opportunity to combine both his business skills and his existing activities in the church and to better use these to help in the development of the church here in Ireland.

As Paul says, “My role as a parish pastoral worker challenges me in my faith, and challenges me to look at how I support people in theirs. I endeavour to do this by showing my experience of God through what I say and do, to being open to express my beliefs, verbally and through liturgy, in the God we come together to worship in our communities.”

Paul was delighted to have been appointed to Greystones and Kilquade in 2011. He previously worked for six months in Kilquade parish as part of his formation programme from September 2010 to February 2011. In his time in the pastoral area he has got to know many of the people and activities here. He continuously aims to build upon previous work and activities, constantly working with individuals and groups to develop and evolve the faith communities in this pastoral area.

Paul Thornton is in place for the Pastoral Area of Greystones and Kilquade as a Parish Pastoral Worker. He may be contacted at paul.thornton@dublindiocese.ie.

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