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.
â€œThe 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,â€ a church source said.
While details have to be set in stone it looks as if it will be an invite only event.
â€œDemand would be huge and the plan as of the moment is that every parish in the diocese would have some representation,â€ 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 Josephâ€™s Church, Oâ€™Connell Avenue, earlier this month.
â€œBeing appointed Bishop of Limerick is certainly not something I foresaw as part of my lifeâ€™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,â€ he said.
He explained that he had first been contacted by the Papal Nuncioâ€™s office in late December. Fr Leahy said he was in no way disappointed that the job no longer came with a bishopâ€™s palace and it is expected he will live in relatively more modest accommodation in Castletroy.
â€œMy 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,â€ Fr Leahy said.