Friday, January 18, 2013

Statement by Bishop Edward Daly Bishop Emeritus of Derry on the appointment of Monsignor Eamon Martin as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh

I wish to offer my sincere congratulations, good wishes and God’s blessing to Monsignor Eamon Martin on his appointment as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh.

Over the last 25 years, Eamon has served both the Derry Diocese and the Irish Episcopal Conference with distinction. 

He has fulfilled all the various major responsibilities entrusted to him since his ordination with outstanding ability. He will bring many skills and gifts to the Archdiocese of Armagh and, subsequently, to the Irish Church. 

He is highly intelligent, knowledgeable and articulate, and an excellent communicator of God’s word.

I have known Eamon and his family since he was a child. His mother and family are rightly proud of him. 

I am pleased that a priest of the Derry Diocese has been entrusted with this daunting responsibility and feel very honoured that I ordained Eamon to the priesthood of this diocese.

I join with the people, religious, priests and bishops of this diocese in praying that the Holy Spirit will guide and watch over Eamon Martin in his huge responsibility in the years that lie ahead and that he will give inspiring leadership and bring a new vitality and hope to the Irish Church at this challenging time.

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