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Fr. Billy Swan

Priest of Diocese of Ferns, Ireland

Fr. Billy Swan is a priest of the Diocese of Ferns, Ireland. He holds a degree in chemistry and worked for a number of years for a pharmaceutical company before entering seminary. Ordained in 1998, he served for four years as an associate pastor before further studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate and Doctorate in Systematic Theology from the Gregorian University. He served for four years as the Director of Seminary Formation at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome. He is currently based at St Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

He has a deep interest in the relationship between faith and science, the New Evangelization, early Irish Christianity and priestly formation.

Fr. Billy Swan Latest Blog Posts

The Gift of Baptism and Our Search for Meaning

A vacuum in the soul is evident in the lives of many today, even among those who are baptized.

by Fr. Billy Swan . January 14, 2019 . 0 Comments

As the Church celebrated the feast of the Lord’s baptism yesterday, my mind returns to a pilgrimage to the Holy Land I made a few years ago. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the banks of the River J...

How to Make a Holy Hour

Sometimes we need a little guidance that helps us to focus.

by Fr. Billy Swan . January 08, 2019 . 0 Comments

The most influential chapter of any book I have ever read has to be the one entitled “The hour that makes my day” in the autobiography of Venerable Fulton Sheen, Treasure in Clay. I remember reading it o...

The Problem of Loneliness

In January this year, the British Minister for sport and civil society received a new brief from her government: to tackle the growing problem of human loneliness in her country.

by Fr. Billy Swan . November 26, 2018 . 0 Comments

In January this year, Ms. Tracy Crouch, the British Minister for sport and civil society, received a new brief from her government: to tackle the growing problem of human loneliness in her country. Her appointment follow...

Love Has a Source

by Fr. Billy Swan . October 17, 2018 . 0 Comments

In the summer just past, I presided at quite a few weddings. At a typical wedding ceremony here at the parish, there are about two hundred people present with a wide range of faith commitment among them—some with n...

And I Will Give You Rest

by Fr. Billy Swan . September 19, 2018 . 0 Comments

As I write these words on vacation, I confess to be thoroughly enjoying a good rest—the break from routine, appointments, meetings, not setting the alarm clock, etc. That said, something I know I cannot afford to t...