December 5, 2023

Kilkenny without Bishop for second time in five years

Kilkenny is looking for a new bishop, a little over two years after previously filling the role following a long search.

It comes after the Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell was appointed as the new Metropolitan Archbishop of Dublin. Commenting on his appointment, Bishop Farrell said it was “the last thing in the world” he thought would happen.

The announcement was made this week after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the current Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.

Dermot Pius Farrell was appointed the Bishop of Ossory in early 2018.

Speaking on Newstalk’s ‘The Hard Shoudler’ moments after the announcement was made, Bishop Farrell said: “Taking over a Diocese the size of Dublin which is 197 parishes…is a daunting prospect in itself.

“The good thing about it is that there are great faith communities up and down every parish of this Diocese, urban and rural.”

Bishop Farrell later took to Twitter through the Catholic Bishop’s page and said: “As I take up this responsibility to be pastor and a teacher of the faith among you, I place my trust anew in God’s goodness, and in God’s providence out into the future. As we all learn in the end, everything is in God’s hands.”




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