Saturday, January 21, 2023

Episcopal Ordination of Father Niall Coll as Bishop of Ossory

  Trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit, discern and change we must” –  Bishop-elect of Ossory Niall Coll – Catholic News

Date and time             Sunday 22 January 2023, at 3.00pm

Venue                         Cathedral of Saint Mary, Kilkenny, Diocese of Ossory

In attendance              Laity, religious, clergy, family and guests


Ordination Ceremony

The Chief Ordaining Prelate will be Archbishop Dermot Farrell, Archbishop of Dublin, who will be assisted by Co-Consecrators Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin and outgoing Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Ossory, and Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ, Bishop of Raphoe.  Monsignor Julien Kaboré, Chargé d’Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Ireland, will also attend.  Father Kieran O’Shea of the Diocese of Ossory, will preach the homily.  The Cathedral Choir will provide music for the Mass and Master of Ceremonies will be Father Roderick Whearty of Ossory.


Life and ministry of Bishop-elect Niall Coll

Niall Coll was born on 25 August 1963 in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Diocese of Raphoe.  Bishop-elect Coll’s ministry has comprised leadership in Catholic education and, along with his priestly appointments, has included conducting retreats for clergy, as a contributor to various publications, including Doctrine and LifeThe Furrow, The Irish Theological Quarterly and The Tablet and as the Editorial Director of the Catholic School ethos journal Le Chéile.


1981 – 1984    BA National University of Ireland, Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, Co Kildare

1984 – 1987    BD Pontifical University Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare

1988                Priestly Ordination: 3 July 1988 Incardinated in the Diocese of Raphoe

1987 – 1989    Licence in Dogmatic Theology Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

1991 – 1992    H Dip Ed University of Dublin, Trinity College

1992 – 1995    Doctorate in Christology Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy



1989 – 1991    Teacher: Saint Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

1995 – 1998    Lecturer: Saint Patrick’s College, Carlow

1998 – 2001    Curate: Parish of Dungloe, Co Donegal

Chaplain and Teacher: Pobalscoil na Rosann, Dungloe, Co Donegal

2001 – 2019    Professor of Religious Studies and Religious Education,

St Mary’s University College, Belfast

2019 – 2021    Parish Priest: Drumholm-Ballintra, Co Donegal

2021 – 2022   Parish Priest: Donegal (Tawnawilly) and Clar, Co Donegal