Hi, I'm Fr Robert Sloan. I am a native of Newcastle, County Down.
I am the eldest of four children, and uncle to seven nephew and nieces. I’ve been a priest for ten years having been ordained in Rome on Christmas Eve 2005. I studied in Dublin, Salamanca (Spain), Rome and New York. Since ordination I have worked in various countries and in different ministries; most recently as curate of St Agnes' Parish, in Andersonstown. However, when Bishop Noel Treanor asked me to become Chaplain in the Royal Victoria Hospital I was quite surprised; this would indeed be a whole new adventure in my life of ministry!
As a priest I have spent many a time attending to the sick and bereaved but ministering in a hospital as complete and as big as the Royal Victoria Hospital has been a blessing thus far. Since I began in the RVH in 2014 I have learnt many new things and have greater appreciated the experiences gathered in ministry over the years and how they can certainly help us in our hospital ministry. One aspect of chaplaincy that I am particularly grateful for in the Royal is the wonderful team spirit among all the chaplains on the site. I have been a member of the NIHCA since beginning ministry at the Royal and recently been appointed liaison chaplain for the Ecclesiastical Province of Armagh at the Support Network of Catholic Healthcare Chaplains. My the Lord continue to bless us and those we minister to.