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His Holiness Pope Francis appoints Father Francis Duffy as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise

His Holiness Pope Francis appoints Father Francis Duffy as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Father Francis Duffy as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois.  Father Duffy is a priest in the parish of Laragh, Co Cavan, Diocese of Kilmore.

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Notes to Editors

  • Please contact the Catholic Communications Office for a photograph of Bishop-elect Francis Duffy
  • Life and Ministry of Bishop-elect Francis Duffy

Francis Duffy was born on 21 April 1958 in the parish of Templeport, Co Cavan to parents Mary Catherine Dolan and the late Frank Duffy.  He is the oldest of four children.

He attended primary school at Munlough National School, Bawnboy and completed his post-primary education at Saint Patrick’s College, Cavan.

Francis studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth and was ordained a priest for the diocese of Kilmore on 20June 1982 in Saint Mogue’s Church, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan by Bishop Francis MacKiernan.

For eleven years Father Francis was on the teaching staff of Saint Patrick’s College, Cavan, where he taught History, Religion and Irish.  Father Francis was appointed principal of Fatima and Felim’s Secondary School, Ballinamore, Co Leitrim in 1996.

After twelve years as principal Father Francis was appointed Diocesan Secretary and Chancellor.  He had the additional responsibilities of Financial Administrator, Communications Officer and Archivist.  Since 2009 Father Francis has been resident priest in the parish of Laragh, Co Cavan where he has remained until the present day.

  • The Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois consists of nearly all of County Longford, the greater part of County Leitrim and parts of Counties Cavan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath.  Saint Mel is the patron of the diocese.  The Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise has a Catholic population of 71,806; 41 parishes; 80 Churches

 For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long 00353 (0) 86 172 7678 and Brenda Drumm 00353 (0) 87 310 4444

 

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