As President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, I wish to express my gratitude to Bishop Raymond Field on his retirement today as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Dublin, and for his contribution to the life of the Church and to the work of the Bishops’ Conference since his ordination as a bishop in 1997.
Bishop Field’s commitment to social justice was evident in his service as chair of the Bishops’ Council for Justice and Peace and as chair of the Council for Immigrants. These, along with his contributions on the Episcopal Commission for Pastoral Care, and on the Council for Healthcare, have demonstrated his instinctive pastoral outreach and his commitment to extending the care of Jesus Christ to those most in need of it. I thank him for his generous participation in the work of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference over these twenty-two years.
I pray God’s blessings on Bishop Field and wish him good health and happiness in retirement and in this new phase of his ministry.
- Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh, Apostolic Administrator of Dromore and Primate of All Ireland.
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