Bishop William Crean announces clerical changes for the Diocese of Cloyne

02 Sep 2019

Bishop William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne, has accepted the resignation, on the grounds of retirement, of the following priests in the diocese to come into effect at noon on Saturday 21 September 2019:  

  • V Rev Donal Coakley, PP Inniscarra
  • V Rev Canon David Herlihy, PP Youghal
  • V Rev Canon Michael Fitzgerald, PP, VF, Mitchelstown

Bishop Crean has made the following appointments in the Diocese of Cloyne with effect from noon on Saturday 21 September next:

  • Rt Rev Monsignor Anthony O’Brien, PP, VG, Mallow to also become Administrator of Mourneabbey
  • V Rev Anthony Wickham, PP Clondrohid to be PP Newtownshandrum
  • V Rev Patrick Buckley, PP Glantane to be PP Inniscarra
  • V Rev Joseph O’Keeffe, PP Mourneabbey to be PP Rathcormac
  • V Rev William Bermingham, PP Carrigtwohill to be PP Youghal
  • V Rev Canon Michael Leamy, PP Rathcormac to be PP Mitchelstown and Vicar Forane of Fermoy Deanery
  • V Rev Gerard Coleman, PP Newtownshandrum to be PP Glantane
  • V Rev John McCarthy, Administrator, Cobh to take Sabbatical Leave
  • Rev Tom McDermott, CC Cobh to be Administrator Cobh
  • Rev Joseph Rohan, CC Cloyne to be PP Clondrohid
  • Rev Patrick Winkle, CC Youghal to be PP Carrigtwohill
  • Rev Mark Hehir, CC Fermoy to be CC Midleton
  • Rev James Greene, CC Carrigtwohill to be CC Mallow
  • Rev Gerard Cremin returning from studies to be CC Youghal
  • Rev Eamon Roche, CC Midleton to be CC Fermoy

Bishop Crean said, “I am grateful to the clergy of the diocese for their continued ministry and service, and I wish them well as they take up their new appointments.  At this time I also thank the people of the Diocese of Cloyne for their ongoing prayers and generous support, especially for those in transition in their ministry.  I encourage parishes to welcome their new pastors over the coming weeks.  Unfortunately, for the immediate future, it will be a feature of diocesan changes that some of our parishes will not have a resident priest.  Notwithstanding this reality, I am ensuring that provision will be made for the pastoral care of all of the faithful of the diocese.”


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