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Archbishop Eamon Martin pays tribute to the late Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh OFM RIP

Archbishop Eamon Martin has issued the following statement on the death of the late Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh OFM, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Dublin:

“I am saddened to learn of the death of Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh.

“I have always heard him spoken of as a kind and deeply devout pastor who faithfully served the people of Dublin as auxiliary bishop for fifteen years.  As a priest and former Provincial of the Franciscan Order in Ireland, he made a distinctive contribution to the Episcopal Conference.  He was a valued member of the Bishops’ Commission for Religious and also served as a member of the Commission for Worship, Pastoral Renewal & Faith Development.  His interest in the Apostleship of the Sea and in the plight of Asylum Seekers and Refugees was always to the fore at Bishops’ meetings.  Of course his fluency in the Irish language was valuable in supporting the promotion of Irish in pastoral liturgy.  

“Bishop Ó Ceallaigh was a warm and caring man, who despite ongoing illness, was well known for his dedication, wisdom and generosity of spirit.  On behalf of the Bishops’ Conference I express my prayerful sympathies to his family, to members of the Franciscan family and to the clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese of Dublin.  May his gentle soul rest forever in the peace of The Lord whom he generously and faithfully served.

“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

ENDS          

  • Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.                                              

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