St Leonard's, East Kilbride
a parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell
Our Parish Priest
Father Dominic Quinn, who took up his position as our Parish Priest on 10 January 2017, was born on 5 September 1963. He was educated at St Kenneth's Primary School, the then St Bride's High School, East Kilbride, and Blairs College, Aberdeen, before continuing his studies for the priesthood in the Scots College, Rome. Ordained in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, East Kilbride on 6 July 1988, Father Dominic has served in several parishes in the Diocese of Motherwell and was responsible for a time for the former diocesan Pastoral Centre in Newmains. He also has experience as a Secondary School Chaplain and was Chaplain to Shotts Prison for three years. His priestly ministry has also included a spell in the missions in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. In the period immediately before joining us, Father Dominic was Parish Priest in St Peter's, Hamilton.
In addition to his responsibilities as our Parish Priest, Father Dominic is Coordinator of the Faith Sharing Ministry and the RCIA Ministry within the diocese and serves on the Marriage Tribunal.
Our Previous Parish Priests
The first Parish Priest was Father Kieran O'Farrell. Over the years, those who have served us in that role are Father Michael McCarthy, Father James McGill, Father Henry Allison, Father John Francis Givens, Canon Michael MacNamee and Father Gerard J. Chromy.
Canon Michael MacNamee was born in the parish of Glenroe in County Limerick. Baptised in the parish church, Our Lady of Ransom, he had three brothers and one sister. He and two of his brothers became priests; the other brother became a lawyer and the sister a teacher. The young Michael attended the local school, where his father was head teacher, before going on to study for the priesthood at Thurles seminary. Ordained on 14 June, 1959, Father MacNamee carried out his priestly ministry in a number of parishes in the Diocese of Motherwell. He served as assistant priest in St Mary's and then St Peter's in Hamilton, before moving to St Columbkille's in Rutherglen. After spells in St Barbara's, Muirhead, and here in St Leonard's, he was invited by the Bishop to be parish priest in St Michael's, Moodiesburn. He came 'home' to St Leonard's as our parish priest on the Feast of St Andrew in 1990. He was a well-known figure in the town, much respected not only by his own parishioners but by people of other faiths and none.
RIP 21 May 2013.
Father Gerard J. Chromy was born on 8 June, 1953. He was educated at St Charles's Primary School, Newton, and St Cadoc's Primary School, Halfway, before moving to Holy Cross High School in Hamilton for his secondary education.
Father Chromy studied for the priesthood at St Peter's Seminary, Cardross and was ordained on 2 July 1976. He served as Assistant Priest in St Patrick's, Shieldmuir, St Bride's Bothwell and the Cathedral in Motherwell. His first appointment as Parish Priest was to St Patrick's, Shieldmuir where he served for three years before moving as Parish Priest to St Margaret's, Airdrie. After one year there, Father Chromy was asked to return as Parish Priest to St Patrick's, Shieldmuir and was there for the next seventeen years, until he was appointed to be our Parish Priest in St Leonard's.
Father Chromy's involvement in the Church beyond his parish includes being diocesan Chaplain to the Society of St Vincent de Paul and serving as a Judge on the Scottish Catholic Inter-diocesan Tribunal.
Father Chromy left St Leonard's Parish on 10 January 2017 to take up his appointment as Vicar General in the Diocese of Motherwell and Parish Priest in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Good Aid, Motherwell.
Our Previous Assistant Priests
Assistant Priests who have supported them in looking after our spiritual welfare include Fathers Michael Gallagher, James Boyle, Hugh Bradley, Paddy Welsh, Richard J. Rodgers, Michael Maher, Raymond Dempsey, Joseph Brannigan and, of course, Father MacNamee who came back to us as Parish Priest late in 1990, just in time to organise the parish silver jubilee. As Bishop Devine said on the occasion of that jubilee, we are in their debt, and that of so many parishioners, for the foundations they laid.
Schools served by St Leonard's
We have two primary schools, St Hilary's and St Leonard's, associated with our parish. Our associated secondary school is St Andrew's and St Bride's High School. The parish also has links with Greenburn School.
Also served by St Leonard's
Forefaulds Nursing Home