St Leonard's, East Kilbride
a parish in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell
 
ABOUT US
 
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 Parish Sister
Sister Sophie McGinness, our Parish Sister, was born in Motherwell. She was baptised in St Patrick's Church, Shieldmuir, and received her school education at St Patrick's Primary School and St Joseph's Secondary. Her studies for her vocation to the religious life began when she entered the Franciscan Apostolic School in Ireland in 1955. A year later she entered the Franciscans of Mill Hill, receiving her habit at Castleblaney before transferring to Mill Hill in London in 1957. Sister made her first profession of vows in 1960 and her final profession in 1963.
 
Sister Sophie has served a number of communities. After a spell at the International Training Hospital for nursing, she worked in general nursing in Drogheda, before undertaking specialist work with patients with mental disabilities in Rosewell. That was followed by a spell in psychiatric nursing in Dublin. Sister then devoted fourteen years to working with autistic people, first at the Irish Society for the Autistic and then at Dunfirth House and Farm. In 1991 she embarked on a Social and Pastoral Care Course before returning a year later to Scotland and to the service of the St Leonard's family.
 
Our Deacon
Rev Michael Killoran Ross BSc(Hons) MAppSci PhD, our Deacon, was born in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) on 7th August 1953 and attended St Joseph Composite High School there. Qualifying initially as a Registered General Nurse, he moved to England to study drama and pursue a career in acting. However, he later moved to the University of London to study Psychology where he graduated with a BSc(Hons) in 1989 and then to the University of Glasgow where in 1991 he obtained a Masters degree in Applied Science in Clinical Psychology and where in 1999 he went on to become a Doctor of Philosophy in Behavioural Sciences. A Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, Deacon Michael is Head of Psychological Therapies (Adult Mental Health) for Lanarkshire NHS. Deacon Michael is married (to Mary Keenan Ross) and is the father of two children (Carlo and Giulia).
 
Michael was ordained a Permanent Deacon in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, East Kilbride, by Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell, on 5th September 2008. Since that time, Deacon Michael has served at St Anthony's Parish, Rutherglen, and was appointed to St Leonard's Parish in January 2013.
 
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