Fr Paul Dempsey P.P., V.F.
Fr Paul Dempsey became our parish priest on 1st September, 2015. He is originally from Carlow Town but his family moved to Athy in later years. Ordained in 1997, Fr. Paul served in Clane, Kildare, Naas & Two Mile House parishes. He was Youth Director and Vocations Director for the Diocese from 2004 to 2008. He has also worked in local media, has had a column in the “Leinster Leader” and a religious affairs programme on KFM Radio. He completed an honours Masters Degree in Theology in “Faith & Culture” in 2009.
Bishop Nulty appointed Fr. Paul “Vicar Forane” (V.F.) for Kildare & Leiglin North Deanery in 2014. There are 17 parishes in this deanery and the “Vicar” is given certain responsibilities on behalf of the bishop in the deanery.
He lives in the Parochial House, Chapel Lane and can be contacted at 045 431741.
Priest on Duty
Newbridge has a priest on duty 24/7. If you need to contact a priest please phone;
Fr. Michael Cudzillo C.C.
Fr Michael is a native of Lublin in Poland and it was at the Catholic University in Lublin that he studied for the priesthood. His family live on the outskirts of the city.
He came to serve in Newbridge in 2012. He lives in the Curates’ House on Chapel Lane and can be contacted at 045 438036.
Fr. Paul Lawlor O.P., C.C.
Tel: 045 487200
Fr. Paul hails from Tralee, Co. Kerry. He is a member of the Dominican Community and joined the Parish Team in June, 2018. Fr. Paul brings a vast amount of experience to his ministry in Newbridge having taught Church History in Rome for many years and also worked in a parish there. For the past twenty years or so, Fr. Paul worked in a parish in Tehran. We are delighted to have him ministering among us in Newbridge!
Fr. Eugen (Eugene) Dragos Tamas C.C.
Tel: 045 433979
Fr. Eugen took up his appointment in Newbridge on the 1st of August, 2018. He is from Bacau, Romania. Fr. Eugen is three years ordained and comes from the Diocese of Yasi in Romania. He came to Kildare and Leighlin Diocese a year ago and has done supply work in the parishes of Tinryland in Carlow and Stradbally in Laois. It is great to have Fr. Eugen on our Parish Team and look forward to working with him over the coming years.
Fr. Joe McDermott PE, CC
Tel: 045 903889
Fr. Joe is originally from Carlow Town. After ordination Fr. Joe spent a short time in Knockbeg College and then came to Newbridge to serve as curate in 1970. In the 1980s Fr. Joe served in Naas and then set up Teach Brid in Tullow, Co. Carlow, to serve the needs of young people in the Diocese. In 1993, Fr. Joe returned to Newbridge as Parish Priest. On the 1st of September, 2015, Fr. Joe retired as Parish Priest and continues to serve as curate in Newbridge and Caragh.
Rev. Jim Stowe, Parish Deacon
Tel: (045) 431 394
Deacon Jim has lived in Newbridge since 1999 with his his wife Carmel. He has two adult children Emma and Philip and three grandchildren. He has been actively engaged in Church ministry from his teens when he studied for the priesthood with the Salesians in Dublin & Maynooth. He subsequently pursued a career in HR Management and ICT Support in various companies. He currently works in Human Resource Management in Dublin.
On October 13th 2013 he was ordained for the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin by Bishop Denis Nulty. Jim has been appointed by Bishop Denis to serve in the parish of Newbridge.
You can contact Deacon Jim through the Parish Office at 045 431394.
Parish Office, Station Rd.
Office Opening Hours Monday-Friday 10.00 am – 4.00pm. Office closes for lunch on Friday only from 1.30 – 2.30 p.m.
Phone 045 431394.
Our Parish Centre is situated on the Station Rd. The Centre houses ACCORD. It also houses the Parish Shop, where people can purchase various religious items and gifts.
Parish Centre Opening Hours are as follows;
Monday & Friday: 10.00am – 9.00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10.00am – 10.30pm
(The Parish Centre remains open between 5.00pm & 7.00pm Monday – Friday.)
You can contact the Parish Centre at 045 431121, where either Anne or Josh will help you with any queries.
Pastoral Ministers: Margarita Bedding and Donal Mahon
Pastoral Secetary: Marie Malone
Donal Mahon, Parish Administrator
Parish AdministratorParish Office,
Tel: (045) 431 394
Donal is a native of Wexford, he left there at the age of 19 to join the army where he served for 22 years,
On the 1st of September, 2015, Fr. Paul appointed Donal to the post of Parish Administrator. He also acts as Parish Centre Manager and works in the area of pastoral ministry.
Pastoral MinisterParish Office,
Tel: 045 431394
Mobile: 087 610 7528
Margarita is a native of Newbridge and was educated by the Holy Family Sisters. She has worked in the area of pastoral ministry for many years and acts as our parish pastoral minister.
Margarita can be contacted through the Parish Office, at 045 431394.
Parish Pastoral Council
Tel: 045 431394
There has been a Parish Pastoral Council in Newbridge for many years. The Council is a partnership of priests and laypeople who together work to build up the Christian Community in Newbridge. It is concerned with deepening faith through education and celebration of the sacraments, future planning for the parish and developing lay participation.
Brenda Drumm is the Chairperson of the P.P.C. and can be contacted through the Parish Office, 045 431394
Parish Church- 045 432808
Tel: /045 432286 (045) 432 808
Tommy Whitley is the sacristan in St. Conleth’s Church. The sacristy in St. Conleth’s can be contacted at 045 432808 (during mass times)
Patricia McDermott is the sacristan in Cill Mhuire Church. The sacristy in Cill Mhuire can be contacted at 045 432286 (during mass times)
Donnacha Fox is our assitant sacristan.
Sr. Eileen Murphy H.F.C.
Sr. Eileen is a member of The Holy Family Association and comes from Kiskeam in North West Cork. She has worked as a Parish Sister in Newbridge Parish for a number of years and can be contacted at 045 431939.