Archbishop Eamon Martin congratulates Bishop-elect Ger Nash on his appointment to the Diocese of Ferns

11 Jun 2021

Archbishop Eamon Martin has congratulated Father Ger Nash of the Diocese of Killaloe on his appointment by Pope Francis as Bishop of Ferns.  Archbishop Eamon also expressed his gratitude to Bishop Denis Brennan whose resignation as Bishop of Ferns was accepted by Pope Francis today.

Archbishop Eamon said, “I want to offer my prayerful congratulations and good wishes to Father Ger Nash, whom Pope Francis has appointed as the new Bishop of Ferns.  I am sure that Bishop-elect Nash’s gifts and experience in pastoral planning, Catholic education and youth ministry, as well as his insights into diocesan planning and  administration, will greatly serve his new ministry and enhance our discussions at the table of the Irish Bishop’s Conference.  As President of the Conference I look forward to welcoming Bishop-elect Nash together with my brother bishops, especially at this time of renewal for the Church in Ireland as we prepare to embark on a Synodal journey over the next five years.

“This is also a very special day for the Diocese of Ferns. I wish to thank and pay tribute to Bishop Denis Brennan on his well-deserved retirement.  Since 2006, Bishop Denis has made a generous contribution to the work of the Bishops’ Conference.  Always guided by values of the Gospel, Bishop Denis’ sharp insights and wisdom have benefited greatly the work of our Conference.  As a relative newcomer to the Bishops’ Conference, I was particularly impressed by his contributions during our last ad limina visit when we travelled as bishops to Rome to meet with Pope Francis.  He has generously helped to develop our thinking and practice in the critical areas of communications, child safeguarding, priesthood and vocations, emigrants, migrants and prisoners overseas.  He persevered in promoting the establishment of a National Vocations Outreach for the Church in Ireland.  I pray God’s blessings on Bishop Denis and wish him good health as bishop emeritus.”


  • Archbishop Eamon Martin is Archbishop of Armagh and President of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

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