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.
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
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.