First Caymanian priest to be ordained Saturday

Deacon Joseph Kirkconnell will make history on Saturday when he becomes the first Caymanian Catholic priest. 

His ordination to the priesthood will be held at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, next door to the school he attended from kindergarten to high school. 

Deacon Kirkconnell, 30, who is the son of Gerry and Deborah Kirkconnell, had not always planned on becoming a priest, but now he says, “I am very excited. I’m very much at peace with it.”  

On Saturday, he will be officially welcomed into the priesthood by Bishop Francis Reiss, the auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit.  

The public is invited to attend the ordination at 10 a.m., followed by a reception at Loyola Hall.  

The newly ordained priest will host his first Mass of Thanksgiving at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday at St. Ignatius Church. 


Deacon Joseph Kirkconnell will become the first Caymanian priest on Saturday at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church.


  1. Joseph we surely cried of happiness with this news! Maybe you didnt always plan on becoming a priest but for sure was something you said when being a little boy. We are very happy for you but mostly for HIM, since most of us dont follow HIM all the way we should and the way you are taking a step towards it. Jo-Jo (a name that came from your grandparents house) from HONDURAS your nanny Vilma and Carmen will keep praying for you. Love,

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