Saint Vincent de Paul Parish Ligoniel

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169-171 Ligoniel Road Belfast BT14 8DP - 02890713401 -

Deaf Chaplaincy

Who is Who?

Denise Flack - Co-Ordinator of the Northern Chaplaincy to the Deaf.


Denise took up her present position as a Chaplain with the Deaf Community in August 2007 and is a member of the Northern Ireland Healthcare Chaplains’ Association.  She continues to be an active member of Viatores Christi, and maintains links with Bolivian colleagues as they develop services to deaf people in that country.


Denise is a member the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People Team with responsibility for the Northern Dioceses.  She works closely with clergy throughout the North and is always happy to hear from parishes that may need her assistance in ministering to the Deaf Community.

Very Rev. Patrick Devlin, Parish Priest of Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, Ligoniel & Full-Time Chaplain to the Deaf


Father Patrick was ordained by the Most Reverend Michael Dallat on the 12th October 1998 in Saint Michael's Parish. Fr. Patrick Devlin is a native of St Michael the Archangel Parish, Belfast.  He was educated at St John the Baptist Boys’ School and La Salle Boys’ School.

Fr Devlin commenced his seminary studies at St Joseph’s Seminary whilst studying philosophy at Queen’s University, Belfast.  He then continued his studies with theology at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth.


His first appointment was to St Patrick’s Parish, Belfast followed by St Anne’s.  In August 2002 he was appointed to the Parish of St Oliver Plunkett, Belfast.  In October 2008 he was appointed as curate in the Parish of Downpatrick, residing at St Colmcille’s. On 2nd August 2010, he was appointed as Parish Priest of St. Vincent De Paul, Ligoniel and in August 2013, he was appounted "Full Time Chaplain to the Deaf of the Diocese.

Very Rev. Darach Mac Giolla Catháin, Parish Priest of Corpus Christi & Assistant Chaplain to the Deaf.


Fr. Darach Mac Giolla Catháin is a native of St Michael the Archangel Parish, Belfast.

He studied Accountancy at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown before studying Philosophy at the Queen’s University of Belfast and commencing formation for the priesthood at St Joseph’s Seminary.  His formation continued in the Pontifical Irish College, Rome where his Undergraduate Theological studies were at the Gregorian University and Postgraduate studies in Spirituality were at the Angelicum University.

Following a Deaconate year in the parish of Upper Mourne (Kilkeel), Fr Darach was ordained to the Presbyterate of Down & Connor in the Church of St Michael the Archangel by Most Reverend Patrick Walsh D.D. on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, 13th of May 2000.


His first appointment was as a curate to St Paul’s Parish on the Falls Road and as a chaplain to the Deaf community.  On the 9th of August 2002 he was appointed as a curate in the Parish of St Luke. On the 2nd August 2010, he was appointed as Parish Priest of Corpus Christi in Belfast



St Joseph’s Centre for Deaf People

321 Grosvenor Road


BT12 4LR

Tel. 028 9071 3401


Mob. 07910833699



Sr. Maeliosa Byrne O.P.


Sister Maeliosa also provides help and support to the Chaplains at our weekly Mass and with other events that may be happening within this ministery


Sister Maeliosa can be contacted at Saint Joseph's Centre for Deaf People, Grosvenor Road.

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