Dublin Priest Ordained Bishop in Vatican

27 Feb 2016

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin has congratulated Bishop Paul Tighe on his episcopal ordination in the Vatican today (Saturday 27 February 2016).

Bishop Tighe was ordained in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of Pope Francis.  He was appointed titular Bishop of Drivastrum and Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture by Pope Francis last December.

Archbishop Martin and several priests from the Archdiocese of Dublin concelebrated and many friends and family, travelled to Rome for the occasion.  Paying tribute to the newly ordained Bishop Tighe, Archbishop Martin said he was a person of kindness and integrity, whose contribution to life of the Universal Church, particularly in social communications, was widely respected. 

Archbishop Martin said that, together with the priests of the Archdiocese, he wished Bishop Tighe every blessing in his ministry in the years to come and assured him of our prayers.


·         Bishop Paul Tighe was born on the 12th February 1958.  He attended the De La Salle Primary School, Navan, and completed his secondary education at Summerhill College, Sligo.  He graduated from University College Dublin in 1979 with a degree in Civil Law. Having studied for the priesthood at Holy Cross College, Dublin, and at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, he was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin in 1983.  His first appointment was as parish chaplain and teacher in Ballyfermot.  Subsequently, he was assigned to study Moral Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.  In 1990, he was appointed as a lecturer in Moral Theology at the Mater Dei Institute of Education in Dublin and at Holy Cross College.  He was appointed head of the Theology Department in 2000.  In 2004, he was named as Director of the Communications Office of Dublin Diocese.  In 2005, he established the Office for Public Affairs.  In January of 2007 he was appointed Chaplain to His Holiness with the title Very Reverend Monsignor.  In November of that year Pope Benedict announced his appointment as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.  In January 2008 he was appointed Prelate of Honour, receiving the title Right Reverend Monsignor.