On Sunday 12th September the Revd Martin Steele was made Deacon in the Cathedral
Church of St Patrick, Killala, by the Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, the Rt Revd Patrick
The preacher for the occasion was the Ven. Stephen McWhirter, who will be Martin’s training
rector for his deacon-intern year.
While numbers attending were small, Martin, who hails from Belfast, was supported by his family,
friends and some parishioners from his home parish of All Saint’s, Eglantine.
We wish Martin all God’s blessings and he begins his ordained ministry among us.
Martin was born in Belfast and spent his formative years in Belfast and Bangor
County Down. Educated at Gransha Boys High and The University of Aberdeen
he is currently reading a Master’s in Theology at Trinity College Dublin under the
auspices of The Church of Ireland Theological College. During his time in
Scotland Martin attended the Scottish Episcopal Church and returned to Ireland
after the completion of his studies. It was during this period that Martin joined the
Church of Ireland and eventually found his spiritual home in All Saints’ Eglantine.
Throughout his life Martin has discerned the call of God to the ordained ministry
which he committed to prayer and reflection. Having worked in hospitality,
customer services and latterly BBC Audience Services he offered himself as a
candidate for the ordained ministry in 2019. He enjoys reading, long walks, local
league football and being out and about in the parish.