Fr Walsh 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Mass

50th Anniversary Photos

Biography of Fr. Walsh

Born: May 21, 1944 in Collinstown, County Westmeath, Ireland

To: Richard J. and Christina Brady Walsh

Brothers: Joseph F. and Michael P. Walsh


  • Glenidan National School, Collinstown, Co. Westmeath, Ireland
  • Joseph’s Christian Brothers School, Co. Laois, Ireland
  • Mary’s College, Mullingar, Ireland
  • All Hallows Seminary College, Dublin, Ireland
  • Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana (Masters in Theology)
  • Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana (Masters in Religious Education)

Ordination to the Priesthood:

June 16, 1968

All Hallows Seminary, Dublin, Ireland

By Bishop Joseph B. Houlihan, Bishop of Eldoret, Kenya, Africa

First Mass:

  • Mary’s Church, County Westmeath, Ireland on July 17, 1968


  • August, 1968 – March, 1972: Associate pastor, Church of Our Saviour, Cocoa Beach
    • Religion Teacher, Melbourne Catholic High School
  • March, 1972 – 1974: Associate pastor, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Winter Park
  • June, 1972 – February, 1974: Appointed Director of Religious Education for the Diocese
    • Resided at St. Margaret Mary Parish
  • February, 1974 – June, 1975: Associate pastor, Our Lady of Lourdes, Daytona Beach
  • June, 1975 – June, 1985: Pastor, Church of Our Saviour, Cocoa Beach
    • Appointed Priests’ Continuing Education Director
  • June, 1985 – Present: Pastor, St. Margaret Mary Parish, Winter Park
  • February, 2005: Appointed Director of Priest Personnel for Orlando Diocese
  • June, 2010: Elected by the Diocesan College of Consultors as Diocesan Administrator to serve until a new Bishop for the Diocese was appointed by Rome. Bishop John Noonan was appointed in October, 2010.
  • 2011: Appointed Vicar General for the Diocese of Orlando


  • 2007: Named “Distinguished Pastor” by National Catholic Educational Association for his support of Catholic education.
  • 2013: Received the “Hope and Diversity Award” from the Hope Community Center
  • 2014: Honored recipient at the Bishop Moore Catholic Legacy Gala for his outstanding commitment and support of Catholic education.
  • 2015: Received the Bishop Grady Villas Lifetime Legacy and Community Service Award
  • 2019: The Supreme Pontiff Francis enrolls Reverend Richard Marian Walsh of the Diocese of Orlando as Chaplain of His Holiness, making him a Monsignor

Photos of Fr. Walsh through the years