The Catholic School in a Missionary Church

Benjamin Tonna Lecture 2014 by Donal Mckeown Bishop of Derry, Ireland

    • The Catholic School in a Missionary Church

      Benjamin Tonna Lecture 2014 by Donal McKeown


      H.L. Donal McKeown is the Bishop of Derry in Ireland. He previously served as Titular Bishop of Cell Ausaille and auxiliary bishop in The Diocese of Down and Connor. He was born on 12 April 1950 in Belfast.

      Mgr. McKeown was educated at St. MacNissi's College, Garron Tower where he was a boarder from 1961-1968. He entered the Seminary, Saint Malachy's College, in 1968, studied at Queen's University, Belfast, where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree with Honours in German and Italian in 1973.

      From 1970 to 1971 he taught at a school in Dieburg, Germany. Then he obtained the degree of Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained a priest in 1977 and a year later began a 23-year carreer as a teacher.

      He was appointed to teach Religous Education, and German at St. Patrick's College, Knock, while assisting in the parish of Derriaghy. Then, Cardinal Cahal Daly appointed him full-time teacher and Dean  at St. Malachy's College, Belfast, and in 1995 he became President of the same College.  While in the post of President, Mgr. McKeown continued his education, and in 2000 he graduated from the university of Leicester obtaining a Master Degree in Business Administration specializing in educational management.