New Bishop of Killaloe 'completely surprised and shocked'

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

New Bishop of Killaloe 'completely surprised and shocked'

Bishop of Killaloe, Fintan Monahan and His Excellency Archbishop Charles J Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland

THE NEW Bishop of Killaloe, Fintan Monahan said he was “completely surprised and shocked” when he was called to serve by the Papal Nuncio. 

His Holiness Pope Francis made the announcement in the Vatican recently. At the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Ennis, Bishop Monahan said it was “with great humility and a deep sense of unworthiness” that he came to join well-wishers.

Local parishioners; His Excellency Archbishop Charles J Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland; Dr Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly and former Bishop of Killaloe; Bishop William Walsh, Bishop Emeritus of Killaloe and Fr Des Hillery, diocesan administrator of Killaloe diocese, came together to warmly welcome the 49-year-old Offaly man.

“Having worked in a diocesan office for almost eleven years [10 years as diocesan secretary for the Archdiocese of Tuam]  – I know only too well the magnitude of the responsibilities and challenges that arrive on the desk of a bishop in Ireland today.

“However, aware of the presence and providence of the Lord, the good will and cooperation of so many people so willing to help, I joyfully and earnestly set about the work I am called to do here in Killaloe. 

“Being totally new to this role and the diocese, I look forward to learning all about the place and collaborating closely with priests, religious and people of the many parishes in the wide territory covered by the diocese,” said Bishop Monahan.

He will also get to know parts of County Limerick as the parish of Ahane, Castleconnell and Montpelier is under his remit.

Ordained to the priesthood in Carraroe in 1991 for the past 23 years he has ministered in Tuam, spent 13 years teaching in Saint Jarlath’s College and then as diocesan secretary. 

“I am delighted to be with you – people and priests of this diocese. I have always felt a great sense of warmth, kindness and welcome in relation to people from the area of the south and mid-west in which Killaloe is located. I look forward to working with you to continue the great spirit of collaboration, priests and people working closely together, a long established tradition that has been clearly so evident here and you are so well known for. 

“It is a privilege to be able to continue the great work in the area of evangelisation, faith development, clustering, pastoral planning, vocations promotion, care of priests, youth ministry, safeguarding children, liturgy, prayer and spirituality. Providing support and pastoral assistance for families will be a big part of our work in the church in Ireland as we prepare diligently for The World Meeting of Families, which is being hosted in Ireland in 2018,” said Bishop Monahan.