Statement of Father Dermot Meehan on the death of Bishop Emeritus Christy Jones RIP

21 May 2018

With sadness, the Diocese of Achonry has learned of the death of Bishop Christy Jones, retired Bishop of Elphin.

His death leaves a significant gap in the life of the Western Dioceses.  As a former bishop of our neighbouring diocese, his friendship was deeply valued and sustaining.  His untiring witness to outreach to the poor and marginalised was truly a blessing to many and an example to all.

Our sympathy and prayers are with his sister, nephews and nieces, Bishop Christy’s extended family and with the bishop, priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Elphin.

His place in our memory is assured and we pray that he may eternally enjoy the fullness of the Kingdom of God, to which he was ever faithful and to which he continually called those in his care.

May he rest in peace.

Father Dermot Meehan, Diocesan Administrator, Diocese of Achonry.


Notes For Editors

  • Father Dermot Meehan is Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Achonry and Parish Priest of Swinford, Co Mayo.  The Diocese of Achonry consists of twenty-three parishes, located in counties Roscommon, Sligo and Mayo.
  • The remains of Bishop Jones are reposing today in Saint Mary’s Presbytery, Temple Street, Sligo, from 12.00pm until 6.00pm, before removal to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo, arriving for 8.00pm.  After the reception of the remains takes place at the cathedral, a Vigil of Prayer and Compline will take place from 8.00pm until 10.00pm.  Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, will be the chief celebrant at the Requiem Mass for Bishop Jones which will be celebrated in the cathedral at 1.30pm tomorrow, Tuesday 22 May.

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