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Our Parish Priest, Father Oliver O’Doherty, was born in Co. Tipperary in Ireland and was ordained in 1972. He began his priestly ministry in the Diocese of Shrewsbury in the same year, serving as assistant priest at Holy Cross, Birkenhead and later as assistant priest at St Hugh of Lincoln, West Timperley. His first appointment as parish priest was in May 1982 in the new parish of St Margaret Ward, Sale where he served for 10 years. In 1992 he was appointed parish priest of St Mary’s, Dukinfield. During this time he has been responsible for the refurbishment of St Mary's church and presbytery, and oversaw the rebuilding of St Mary's Catholic Primary School. His ministry is strongly focussed on nurturing and strengthening the links between home, parish and school. In September 2015 he was also entrusted with pastoral responsibility of St Paul's, Hyde, serving both parishes from Dukinfield. As the two parishes come together, the opportunity for collaboration and cooperation between the communities will surely enrich and enliven all.
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