Thursday, January 10, 2013

Comments by Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, on the appointment by Pope Benedict XVI of Father Brendan Leahy as Bishop of Limerick

I warmly congratulate Father Brendan Leahy as the new Bishop of Limerick. 

I have known Father Brendan for many years in his role of Professor of Theology in Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth.

While he is a well-known native of Dublin, Father Brendan has family roots in Ballyferriter parish in Kerry. His father will be remembered to the people of Athea in West Limerick, where he was a former teacher. 

Father Brendan will be a worthy successor to another Dublin priest and bishop, Bishop Emeritus of Limerick Donal Murray. In the context of his academic background as Professor of Theology, Father Brendan will no doubt be made particularly welcome as the new chair of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. 

I would like to assure Father Brendan of a warm welcome to the Munster province. I wish him every blessing in his new ministry serving the very fine priests and people of Limerick over the coming years.

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