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Congratulations to Neighbouring Parish Priest of Dunboyne-Kilbride Parish
Friday, January 5th 2018

Ashbourne-Donaghmore Parish extends it’s congratulations to Monsignor Dermot Farrell following his recent appointment by Pope Francis as Bishop of Ossory.  We pray he will be a shepherd after the Lord’s own heart to the people of Ossory.  May he be blessed and sustained in his new ministry.

Statement of Bishop Michael Smith on the appointment of Monsignor Dermot Farrell as Bishop of Ossory 

I warmly welcome the announcement today that Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Dermot Farrell, Vicar General and Parish Priest of Dunboyne, as Bishop of Ossory.

Since his ordination in 1980, Monsignor Farrell has served the Diocese of Meath with exemplary dedication, pastoral zeal and an immense capacity for work.  His ministry in the Cathedral parish of Mullingar, Tullamore and Dunboyne has been characterised by fidelity, energy and commitment. Following his arrival in Dunboyne and Kilbride as Parish Priest in 2007, Monsignor Farrell initiated new pastoral programmes and renewed the parish churches and schools in one of the largest and most rapidly developing parishes in the Diocese of Meath.  He brought to the role of Vicar General his particular ability to discern calmly and clearly.  He has been a great support to me personally and a well-respected brother to our priests.

Monsignor Farrell’s comprehensive pastoral and administrative experience has prepared him well for Episcopal ministry in the Diocese of Ossory.  He has already contributed significantly to the wider life of the Church in Ireland.  During twenty years of involvement in Maynooth, he served first as a lecturer in Moral Theology, followed by a term as Vice-President and then eleven years as President.  This coincided with considerable development on the Maynooth campus involving both the National University and the Pontifical University.  In these responsibilities, Monsignor Farrell displayed competence and balanced judgment at a time when many challenging decisions had to be made.  I have no doubt that the Episcopal Conference will benefit from his wisdom and insights.

On behalf of the priests and people of the Diocese of Meath, I wish Monsignor Farrell every blessing as he prepares for his new role and I assure him of our prayers and support.




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