I welcome the announcement from Rome today that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop-elect Francis Duffy to succeed Archbishop Michael Neary as Archbishop of Tuam. It is already something of a challenge to take on the responsibility of being a bishop, but it takes considerable courage to start afresh in a new diocese.
At a time when there is significant debate about the future contribution of the Church in the field of education, Archbishop-elect Duffy brings to his new role a great deal of experience in the world of Catholic education. Since 2013 he has been our neighbour in Ardagh and Clonmacnois and it has been a pleasure to work with him during this time. He will now be our neighbour in Tuam and, as Archbishop, he will be called on to exercise a leadership role among the bishops of the Tuam Ecclesiastical Province. I look forward very much to working alongside him in that role.
I have known Archbishop Michael Neary for many years. He is a wise and much-loved pastor, very deeply rooted in the Scriptures. Since I came to the West as a new bishop in 2014, I have found him most supportive and encouraging. He has facilitated an excellent working relationship among the Bishops of the Province. I take this opportunity to wish him every blessing and good health in his retirement.
- Bishop Kevin Doran is Bishop of Elphin
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