The build-up to the ordination of Fr Brendan Leahy as the new Bishop of Limerick on April 14 will accelerate with the first Mass celebrated by Apostolic Nuncio Charles Brown in the Diocese on Holy Wednesday this week.
Archbishop Brown will celebrate the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist on Holy Wednesday, March 27 at 7.30 p.m. when he will bless the oils that will be used throughout the diocese for the celebration of the sacraments, including the ordination of Fr Leahy as Bishop.
This is the first time that a Chrism Mass will be held in the Diocese since 2009 and will also include a special renewal by the priests of the Diocese of their ordination promises.
Looking ahead to the celebration, Limerick Diocesan Administrator Fr Tony Mullins said that the Mass will be a special opportunity for the Diocese to prepare for the ordination.
“The ordination of Fr Leahy as Bishop of Limerick is much awaited across the Diocese and we have been busy preparing and building excitedly towards this event since he was unveiled as our next Bishop on January 10 last.
“Having the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown here on Wednesday next to celebrate the Chrism Mass will really heighten preparations.
“It is also very timely in that it is just two and a half weeks out from the ordination and is also on Holy Wednesday, making it a very special celebration.
“We are in the midst of a very special time of renewal of faith in our diocese, the most special in living memory.
“We have the wonderful confluence of the long and much awaited ordination of our Bishop and the election of Pope Francis in Rome last week, which has been met with a great outpouring of celebration by the Church across the planet, including here in Limerick.
“Having Archbishop Brown here on Wednesday next to celebrate the Chrism Mass will add to the sense of renewal and celebration of faith.”
Fr Mullins also paid tribute to Archbishop Brown for making the generous commitment to come to the Diocese for the Chrism Mass.
“The Apostolic Nuncio has been very kind to commit to celebrating this Mass. I do know that he was very taken by the sense of celebration in the Diocese when he came here on January 10 to announce the Fr Leahy’s selection as our new bishop.”