News archive 2001

Bishop Laurence Ryan Submits Resignation

Bishop Laurence Ryan submits resignation

16 September 2001

Bishop Laurence Ryan has submitted his resignation to Pope John Paul II and it is expected that within the next year or so his successor will be appointed. Bishop Ryan has been Bishop of the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin for the past 14 years.

Between now and the installation of his successor Bishop Ryan will continue to exercise in full his office of Bishop. He has asked that people reflect seriously and pray earnestly about the question of the future needs of the diocese, both in terms of leadership and the call to serve in our own lives. An announcement about the resignation was made at all Masses throughout the diocese this weekend.

Bishop Ryan is a native of the parish of St Mullins, Co Carlow and was ordained to the priesthood in June 1956. He served as President of St┬áPatrick’s College, Carlow from 1974 to 1980. He was Parish Priest of Naas, Co Kildare from 1980 to 1985, during which time, in September 1984, he was ordained Co-Adjutor Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin. He then succeeded as
Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin in December 1987.

ENDS

Further information:

Rev Micheal Murphy
Tel: 0503 42127
Fax: 0503 34437
Email: mfmurphy@eircom.net

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the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin.

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