Cardinal Brady’s message on the resignation of Bishop Hegarty
Cardinal Seán Brady’s message on the news that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Séamus Hegarty
I have heard the sad news of the medical condition of Bishop Séamus Hegarty which has necessitated him offering his resignation to the Holy Father and that resignation being accepted today.
I thank Bishop Hegarty for his faithful and generous service as bishop, first, of the diocese of Raphoe and more recently of Derry, for almost thirty years during what has been a very challenging period in the history of the Church.
I wish to acknowledge the contribution made by Bishop Hegarty to the work of the Bishops’ Conference and especially in the pastoral leadership which he has shown over the years to the personal, social and economic challenges facing Irish emigrants and their families – difficult conditions which again apply to Irish society – North and South. In addition, I thank Bishop Hegarty for his work with the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas, and especially for his unwavering commitment to the welfare of prisoners and assistance to their families.
I wish Bishop Hegarty the blessing of better health to enjoy a long and happy retirement.
• Cardinal Seán Brady is Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland and President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
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