15 February 2010
Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland, welcomes the appointment by Pope Benedict XVI of Monsignor Eugene Nugent, as Papal Nuncio in the Indian ocean island state of Madagascar
Monsignor Nugent has chosen the phrase “Quodcumque dixerit, facite” as his episcopal motto. “Do whatever he tells you!”Jn. 2:5 which are the words that Our Lady addressed to the stewards at the Wedding at Cana.
Monsignor Nugent is from Scariff, Co. Clare and studied for the priesthood in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth and the Pontifical Irish College, Rome. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Killaloe in 1983 and served as curate in Ennis. He returned to Rome and completed the Doctorate in Canon Law at the Gregorian University. He entered the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See in 1992 and served in Turkey, Israel and the Philippines.
Notes to editors
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