Mission Statement:

St. Mary's Parish Pastoral Council is a team of priests and laity, called to discern the spiritual and pastoral needs of the people of the parish.
The team strives to address these needs and foster spiritual values through effective dialogue and involvement of the whole parish.
The Council gets its core values from the life and teaching of Jesus Christ.

'Simply reverence the Lord Jesus in your hearts, and always have the answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have.' (1 Peter 3:15)


Current Parrish Pastoral Council:

  • Sandra Costello
  • Marie McGovern
  • Gilbert Barrington
  • Anne Blackie
  • Philip Gillen
  • Sean Heneghan
  • Tommy Lynam
  • Alice Maher
  • Joan Fleming
  • Sean Reidy
  • Kathleen Brady
  • David Murray
  • Suzanne Doyle
  • Wieslawa Gorska
  • Justyna Kosmulska


Group photo of Priests

From left to right:
Fr Mark Bennett, Fr Padraig Kelliher,
Fr Declan Shannon, Fr Turlough Baxter,
Fr. Krzysztof Przanowski.

Fr Declan Shannon

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Ordained 1995; Chaplain to Moyne Community School 1996 – 2005; Athlone 2005-present

Fr Turlough Baxter

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Ordained 1997; Newtown Forbes; Carrick-on-Shannon; Athlone Sept 2011

Fr Padraig Kelliher

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Ordained 2004; Rome; Longford; Athlone September 2015

Fr Mark Bennet

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Ordained 1999;
St. Mel’s College; Athlone 2002

Fr. Krzysztof Przanowski

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Ordained 2001 for diocese of Kielce, Poland;
Dublin 2010; Athlone June 2011

Parish Office - St Mary's

Presbytery Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Tel: 090 6472088

Email: stmarysparishathlone@eircom.net

Booking of Anniversary Masses--bookings for the following year from November 2nd. You may ring or visit to obtain Baptism, Confirmation and Marriage Certificates. Notices for the Parish Newsletter to be in by 6pm, Wednesday. Bookings of Baptisms and Marriages. Genealogy requests followed up, if records available.