Sruleen is a fast growing area in West Dublin bounded by the original parish of Clondalkin and the outer ring road, the N7 and the river Camac from which the parish gets its name (little stream). Fr. Brenmdan Kieran sscc (RIP) was the first Sacred Hearts priest to serve regularly in the main Clondalkin parish and sowed the seeds for Sruleen to develop as a parish. The land for the parish was purchased by Archidiocese of Dublin as early as 1977 but only formally became a parish in 1991. The first PP of the parish was Fr Fintan Crotty SSCC. As with many housing developments Sruleen initially suffered from social challenges and high levels of unemployment. However, the area has matured over the years and today the parish boasts a population of over 2,000 households some of whom are recently arrived immigrants. The parishioners are very active with a parish pastoral council and various ministry groups meeting on a regular basis. The parish is part of the Combined Catholic Parishes of Clondalkin (CCPC).
Fr Vincent has six siblings and was born and raised in Clara in the Irish midlands. He learned of the Congregation from a lifelong family friend, which led him to speak to the late Fr Jack McArdle sscc. Jack asked him a question which proved pivotal on so many levels: “did you have anything to eat?” It completely threw his plans in the air and consequently helped reshape the direction of his life. Ministry and studies have taken Vincent to the States and back, where he has worked in High Schools, Parishes and as a University Campus Minister. Further studies led Vincent to receive a license as a psychotherapist, which compliments his current ministry as Parish Priest.
Fr Ultan is a native of Roscommon Town, where his parents still live. Prior to joining the Congregation he worked within the financial services industry in New York and later in Dublin, Ireland. He has a twin brother and two sisters and now two nieces and two nephews. He was professed in Seville, Spain after completing his novitiate there in 2009 and ordained in Roscommon Town in 2013. Ultan has lived or worked in communities in Ireland, Indonesia, Philippines, Spain, USA, and England.