His Holiness Pope Francis appoints Father Raymond A Browne as Bishop of Kerry

02 May 2013

His Holiness Pope Francis appoints Father Raymond A Browne as Bishop of Kerry

His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Most Reverend William Murphy of Kerry and has appointed as his successor the Reverend Raymond A Browne, Parish Priest of Kilgefin Parish, Co Roscommon, Diocese of Elphin.


Notes for Editors

  • A photograph of Bishop elect Raymond Browne is available from the Catholic Communications Office, Maynooth
  • Please see below an overview of the life and ministry of Father Raymond A Browne:

Born on 23 January 1957 in Chapel Street, Athlone, Co Westmeath (Age 56)


Primary School: Saint Paul’s Mercy Convent School and Dean Kelly National School, both in Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Secondary School: Summerhill College, Sligo from 1969 – 1974.

Third Level: Seminary Student for Elphin Diocese from 1974 – 1982

University College Cork, BSc 1978

Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth BD 1981

Gregorian University Rome Licence in Canon Law 1983


Ordained on Sunday 4 July 1982 in the Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Athlone.

Spiritual Director at Summerhill College from October 1983 – June 1986

Parish Curate in Roscommon Town from September 1986 – July 1988

Galway Marriage Regional Tribunal:

Staff Member from July 1988 – July 1995

Judicial Vicar from October 2002 – July 2008

Parish Curate in Saint Mary’s (Cathedral Parish), Sligo from 1995 – 2002

Parish Priest of Ballagh Parish, Co Roscommon from August 2008 – 2013.

Diocesan Designated Person for Safeguarding Children since August 2008.

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