Rescheduled date announced for the Episcopal Ordination of Father Paul Dempsey, Bishop-elect of Achonry

17 Jun 2020

Following the 27 January announcement by Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Papal Nuncio, of Pope Francis’ appointment of Father Paul Dempsey as Bishop of Achonry, a date was arranged for his Episcopal Ordination. However, due to the introduction in mid-March of restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19, the decision was taken to defer the ordination.

Father Dermot Meehan, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Achonry is now pleased to announce that a new date has been set. Father Dempsey will be ordained bishop in the Cathedral of the Annunciation and Saint Nathy, Ballaghaderreen, on Sunday 30 August at 3.00pm.

Planning for the ordination will be in accordance with Government and NEPHET guidelines and as a result the number able to attend will be more limited than was originally planned for 19 April.

You are asked to keep Father Paul in your prayers at this time. The people, priests, deacons and religious of Achonry Diocese look forward to welcoming him as he begins his ministry in our midst.


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