Statement of Bishop John Fleming on the announcement of the retirement of Bishop Patrick Rooke

21 Jun 2021

I offer my best wishes and every blessing on Bishop Patrick Rooke, Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, on his retirement, which has just been announced and which takes place on 31 October next. 

For the past ten years I have enjoyed his friendship, his company, his advice and his support for the many joint ecumenical occasions and initiatives we have shared. In particular, his vision and his leadership in the development of Ballina Churches Together will stand as a tribute to his deeply pastoral ecumenical spirit. His social outreach to those on the margins of society is recognised by all the Christian churches in this area. His presence among us will be greatly missed.

I wish him a happy and peaceful retirement and may God continue to bless him, Alison, his wife, and their family in every way.


  • Bishop John Fleming is Bishop of Killala.

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