Bishop William Crean announces clerical appointments in the Diocese of Cloyne

18 Aug 2021

Bishop William Crean has accepted the resignation from office, on the grounds of retirement, of the following priests in the Diocese of Cloyne to come into effect at noon on Saturday 11September 2021:

  • V. Rev Canon Denis Kelleher, PP Aghada
  • V. Rev. Patrick Scanlan, PP, Castletownroche

Bishop Crean has made the following appointments in the Diocese of Cloyne, which will also come into effect from noon on Saturday 11 September 2021:

  • V. Rev Patrick Scanlan P.E., to be Chaplain to Nazareth House
  • Rev. John Keane, CC Macroom on sick leave
  • V. Rev Robin Morrissey, PP Churchtown-Liscarroll, to be PP Castletownroche
  • V. Rev Eugene Baker, PP Buttevant, and also ADM. Churchtown-Liscarroll
  • Rev Thomas (Tommy) Lane, in residence in Mitchelstown to be CC Mallow
  • Rev Daniel (Danny) Murphy, in residence in Carrigtwohill to be PP Aghada
  • V. Rev John McCarthy, CC Mallow to be PP Ballyvourney
  • V. Rev Michael Leader, PP Ballyclough and assisting in Churchtown-Liscarroll
  • Rev. James Moore, Diocesan Secretary and also Coordinator of Mission and Ministry (pro tem)
  • Rev Patrick McCarthy, CC Aghada to be CC (pro tem) in Macroom
  • Rev Deacon Leonard Cleary, (newly ordained) to serve in Charleville parish

I, as Bishop, and the people of the diocese are deeply indebted to our priests for their generosity of spirit and commitment.

As Father Denis Kelleher and Father Patrick Scanlan retire from full time ministry, we are grateful to God for their ministry in the various parishes they served.  We pray the blessing of serenity upon their retirement.

We pray too, for those taking on new assignments.  Transition always brings its own demand.  Covid 19 adds to the list of adjustments that change demands.  We pray the blessing of contentment upon them.

+ William Crean


  • Bishop William Crean is Bishop of Cloyne.

Further information: Father Jim Moore, 086 8694744 or [email protected]