Pope Francis has accepted today the resignation of Bishop Liam McDaid on the grounds of ill health.
I have had the great pleasure and honour of working alongside Bishop Liam both as a member of the Irish Episcopal Conference and as a close personal friend over many years.
Since his priestly ordination in 1969, and his episcopal ordination in 2010, Bishop Liam has ministered to the priests, religious and lay people of the Diocese of Clogher with a faith-filled spirituality, a compassionate pastoral sensitivity and a self-effacing humanity that has endeared him to those within his diocese and beyond.
Above all, he has served and supported his priests and all those entrusted to his care with a remarkable capacity for empathy and with a Christian heart.
I have no doubt that Bishop Liam can count on the continued prayers and support of his brother bishops along with the priests, religious and the people of Clogher in his years of retirement.
I wish Bishop Liam every happiness in his retirement and look forward to our continued friendship in the years ahead.
Bishop of Down and Connor
- Bishop Noel Treanor is Bishop of Down and Connor
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