“Our prayers and warm wishes are with Father Alan today as he takes up this position of service in the local Church as Bishop-elect of Raphoe. Alan brought a spirit of dynamic service and generous commitment to the various Jesuit Apostolates in which he ministered. I have no doubt he will now bring these same gifts to his new office in pastoral care of the priests and people of the Diocese of Raphoe.
“On this feast day of Saint Columba, we also wish Bishop Phillip Boyce the very best for his retirement after his nearly twenty-two years of faithful service in the diocese.”
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