Bishop Martin Drennan congratulates Monsignor Brendan Kelly on his appointment as Bishop of Achonry
20th November 2007
Bishop Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway, congratulates Monsignor Brendan Kelly on his appointment as Bishop of Achonry
“Outstanding generosity in his service of the people of Galway diocese” – Bishop Drennan
On behalf of the people of the diocese, I extend my warmest congratulations to Monsignor Brendan Kelly on his appointment as Bishop of Achonry by Pope Benedict XVI. Our diocese is greatly honoured by this decision. Monsignor Brendan is a man of deep spirituality, blessed with a great love for the Church. He brings a wealth of experience to his new ministry.
Over the years, Monsignor Brendan has been enthusiastically and actively involved in the ongoing formation of our younger diocesan priests. In his years of involvement in second-level education, he has broad and valuable experience, first as a teacher, and later in administration and management. Monsignor Brendan has what has to be described as an exceptional mastery of the Irish language, and, for a long time now, he has had close association with the L’Arche Community, and the work of Jean Vanier, its founder. Monsignor Brendan is well equipped for the challenges ahead.
I want to express my deepest gratitude to him for his outstanding generosity in service of the people of this diocese. Congratulations and thanks also to his family and the people of his home parish of Craughwell for the gift of ‘one of their own’ to the Church. I am sure that the people of Spiddal and of all the parishes in which Monsignor Brendan served will rejoice with me today in wishing him every blessing in his new ministry as Bishop of the Diocese of Achonry.
+ Martin Drennan
Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh, and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora.
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