On Sunday 8 February 2015 Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly was installed as the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly at a ceremony in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
In his homily Archbishop O’Reilly said: “My journey as bishop in the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly begins today. I ask you for your prayerful support to help me to fulfil the tasks which Pope Francis sets out for a diocesan bishop in The Joy of the Gospel. I read them to you as they are the blueprint for my ministry as your bishop. Pope Francis asks that:
“Each local Church make its missionary impulse ever more focused, generous and fruitful. I encourage each particular Church to undertake a resolute process of discernment, purification and reform. The bishop must always foster … missionary communion in his diocesan Church, following the ideal of the first Christian communities, in which the believers were of one heart and one soul (cf. Acts 4:32). To do so, he will sometimes go before his people, pointing the way and keeping their hope vibrant. At other times, he will simply be in their midst with his unassuming and merciful presence. At yet other times, he will have to walk after them, helping those who lag behind and – above all – allowing the flock to strike out on new paths. In his mission of fostering a dynamic, open and missionary communion, he will have to encourage and develop the means of participation…..with the missionary aspiration of reaching everyone as the objective (#30-31 The Joy of the Gospel).”
To read the full text of Archbishop O’Reilly’s homily notes please click here.
To see the official photographs from the installation ceremony please click here.