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Cork priest to be ordained Bishop of Meath this weekend

Friday, 31st August, 2018 10:17am

A priest from Cork is to be officially ordained as Bishop of Meath this weekend.

Canon Tom Deenihan from Blackpool will be ordained at a mass this Sunday 2 September at 3pm. He was announced as the new Bishop of Meath earlier this summer, replacing Bishop Michael Smith, who has held the position since 1990.

Canon Deenihan was born in Blackpool and attended the North Monastery School. He studied in the national seminary of Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, and he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Cork and Ross in 1991.

Taking place at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Mullingar, the Chief Ordaining Prelate at the mass will be Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who will be assisted by John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross. 

Family and friends of Bishop Deenihan will be in attendance on Sunday, as well as Church representatives from the Dioceses of Meath and Cork and Ross, colleagues from Saint Patrick’s College and representatives of civic society.

Representatives of Christian denominations are also expected to attend, including Bishop Paul Colton from Cork and Canon Alastair Graham from Mullingar.

In an address given following his appointment in June, Bishop-elect Deenihan said: “In the weeks and months ahead, I look forward to meeting the priests of the diocese and visiting the various parishes. Those parishes could not survive either without the work and expertise of the laity who live in them and give of their talents willingly and freely. I look forward to working with those people into the future and benefiting from their expertise, commitment and talents, particularly in the areas of education, finance and safeguarding.”

Commenting on Mr Deenihan’s appointment, Bishop John Buckley of the Diocese of Cork and Ross said: “Canon Tom Deenihan is a man of strong faith, good judgement, very committed to his priestly duties and fully realising that our lives as priests can only be sustained by prayer. As his Bishop, I am very grateful to him for his knowledgeable and respectful service to me and to the diocese. I wish him every joy, blessing and happiness in his new role.”

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