Ballymacormack native, Naomi Quinn was ordained a Reverend and appointed Curate of Derg and Termonamongan at a ceremony at The Cathedral of Saint Columb, Londonderry on September 9 last.
The event was attended by a strong Longford and Cavan contingent including her mother Sylvia, father John and three bothers as well neighbours, friends and parishioners from her last parish, Belturbet, Co Cavan. The Reverend Naomi Quinn, who attended St John’s Primary School, Battery Road, Longford and St Joseph’s, Newtownforbes was ordained along side The Reverend Arthur Burns, NSM Curate of Glendermott and will serve in Castlederg and Killeter, Co Tyrone.
“I am in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe now,” The Reverend Quinn told the Leader from her new parish last Friday.
“So many people came to the ordination from Longford and Cavan and it was a very special day for me.”
Having studied Biblical and Theological Studies after finishing secondary school, The Reverend Quinn contemplated taking up a career in teaching, however it was in the Autumn of 1996 when she began thinking about Ministry.
“In 2007, I took my first steps to becoming a Minister and started studying then in 2008,” she explained further. “I attended the Church of Ireland Theological Institute in Dublin and last year was ordained a Deacon. The final year of study afforded me the opportunity to engage in an intership and I was assigned to the parish of Belturbet in Co Cavan.”
Now as she settles in at her in parish in Northern Ireland, The Reverend Quinn looks back at the journey she undertook to get to where she is today and is definite that God was guiding her gently along the way.
“I did feel a definite call, there is no doubt about that,” she affirmed. “I engaged in a lot of prayer and bible study and there is no doubt that I was getting pointers as well from God. I love working with people and helping them to understand more deeply where God is in their lives and here in Castlederg and Killeter, I will be involved in pastoral work, leading worship and visiting people and the schools; I will be trying to encourage people forward in their faith.”
With the evident decrease in church goers in recent times as more and more people question the relevance of God and the value of prayer in their own lives, the new Reverend Quinn believes that the journey with God is a deep and powerful one, a journey filled with joy and treasures that bind us from deep within.
“I think that when things get tough, people question their faith more and there are a lot of people now who are questioning what they are going through personally,” she added. “I believe that many, many people will continue on a journey with God and that is a journey that is deeply enriching.”