Statement by Bishop Edward Daly on the resignation of Bishop Séamus Hegarty

07 Nov 2011

Statement by Bishop Edward Daly, Bishop Emeritus of Derry on the resignation of Bishop Séamus Hegarty

I am shocked by the news that my successor Bishop Séamus Hegarty has submitted to the Holy Father his letter of resignation as Bishop of Derry. I was aware that he had been in indifferent health for some time. I am conscious of the huge and demanding burden of responsibility that a bishop has to accept.  Bishop Hegarty was prudent and wise to submit his resignation if he did not feel able any longer to continue in his episcopal responsibility.

I wish to thank Bishop Séamus for his ministry in this diocese for the last 17 years.  On a personal note, I thank him for his unfailing kindness to me and constant care for me during those years. I have been speaking to him earlier today and assured him of my good wishes and prayers in the years to come.


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