Clergy - Past and Present

Fr. Harry McKay

Fr. Harry McKay

Parish Priest

Fr. Harry McKay (1991-present) is the current Parish Priest at St. Joseph’s. He became the seventh Parish Priest in 1991. Fr. Harry served at St. Martin’s (Castlemilk), Christ the King (Cathcart), and St. Flannan’s (Kirkintilloch), before becoming the Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s, Cumbernauld.

Fr. Francis Meagher

Fr. Francis Meagher

Former Parish Priest

Fr. Francis Meagher (1989-91) came to St. Joseph’s from St. Eunan’s, Clydebank, in 1989. He was later transferred from St. Joseph’s to St. Luke’s in the Gorbals. He retired from St. Luke’s and died in 2007.

Fr. George Gillespie

Fr. George Gillespie

Former Parish Priest

Fr. George Gillespie (1988-89) came to St. Joseph’s from Holy Cross, Croy, in 1988. He was then transferred to St. Mahew’s, Cardross,  the following year. He is currently the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Broomhill.

Fr. John McCabe

Fr. John McCabe

Former Parish Priest

Fr. John McCabe (1985-88) came to St. Joseph’s from Our Lady and St. Margaret’s, Kinning Park, in 1985. He was transferred from St. Joseph’s to Our Lady of Lourdes, Cardonald, in April 1988. He later retired to Moodiesburn and died in 1998. A short obituary, which originally appeared in The Herald, can be found here.

Fr. Thomas Mannion

Fr. Thomas Mannion

Former Parish Priest

Fr. Thomas Mannion (1981-85) came to St. Joseph’s from St. Eunan’s, Clydebank, to replace Fr. Strain in 1981. He retired at the end of 1984, having served the people of St. Joseph’s for over 4 years. He died in 2010.

Fr. Desmond Strain

Fr. Desmond Strain

Former Parish Priest

Desmond Strain (1975-81) came to St. Joseph’s from St. Mary’s, Duntocher, to replace Fr. Quinn in 1975. Fr. Strain was later transferred from St. Joseph’s to St. Saviour’s, Govan, in 1981. He died in 1986.

Fr. James Quinn

Fr. James Quinn

Former Parish Priest

Fr. James Quinn (1967-75) was the first Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s. He arrived in September 1967 with the task of establishing the newly formed parish. Fr. Quinn oversaw the establishment of the parish before being transferred to St. Gabriel’s, Merrylee, in 1975. He retired in 1982 and died in 1990.

Fr. Alfred McKenzie

Fr. Alfred McKenzie

Former Curate

Fr. Alfred McKenzie (1990-1995) came to St. Joseph’s from Our Lady and St. George’s, Penilee. He followed in the footsteps of Frs. McGuire and Donnachie when he was appointed chaplain to Our Lady’s High School. He left St. Joseph’s in 1995 and is now serving as chaplain to the Carmelite sisters.

Fr. Michael Gallagher

Former Curate

Fr. Michael Gallagher (1990-1991) came to St. Joseph’s from St. Mary’s, Duntocher. He left St. Joseph’s and the Priesthood the following year.

Fr. Gerard Barnes

Fr. Gerard Barnes

Former Curate

Fr. Gerard Barnes (1988-90) came to St. Joseph’s from St. Maria Goretti’s, Cranhill, to replace Fr. John in 1988. He was transferred to Cardonald in 1990. He is currently serving as the Parish Priest of St. Benedict’s, Drumchapel.