Newbridge man David Vard will be appointed as a curate in Portlaoise after his ordination to the priesthood next week.
The announcement was one of several diocesan appointments made by Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Denis Nulty recently.
“David will not only be the youngest priest in the Diocese, but the youngest in the country and possibly the youngest on these islands. He knows he is welcomed warmly into the priesthood by his priest colleagues, religious and lay faithful,” Bishop Nulty said in a statement.
“We continue to pray for vocations and as promised last year over the coming months I look forward to travelling to the Diocese of Iasi in Romania to firm up a diocesan twinning that allows us to support projects in Romania in exchange for a couple of priests to work in our parishes for a number of years,” he added.