Limerick’s new bishop is to be ordained in April

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

THE much anticipated ordination of the new Bishop of Limerick, Fr Brendan Leahy, is to take place on Sunday April 14, church sources confirmed this week.

THE much anticipated ordination of the new Bishop of Limerick, Fr Brendan Leahy, is to take place on Sunday April 14, church sources confirmed this week.

“The details have to be ironed out but the date of Sunday April 14 is definite and was mentioned off the altar at some Masses in Limerick over the weekend,” a church source said.

While details have to be set in stone it looks as if it will be an invite only event.

“Demand would be huge and the plan as of the moment is that every parish in the diocese would have some representation,” another member of the clergy explained.

Bishop-elect Fr Brendan Leahy was introduced to priests and members of religious orders at a meeting in St Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue, earlier this month.

“Being appointed Bishop of Limerick is certainly not something I foresaw as part of my life’s journey but I am very grateful to Pope Benedict for opening up for me a new stage in life among the people and places of the historical and renowned diocese of Limerick,” he said.

He explained that he had first been contacted by the Papal Nuncio’s office in late December. Fr Leahy said he was in no way disappointed that the job no longer came with a bishop’s palace and it is expected he will live in relatively more modest accommodation in Castletroy.

“My plan for the moment is simply to get to know people, to understand what they are saying and understand where they feel the Holy Spirit is actually directing us - so for me that is the biggest immediate task,” Fr Leahy said.