Installation of Most Reverend Francis Duffy as Archbishop of Tuam

04 Jan 2022

Most Reverend Francis Duffy will be installed as Archbishop of Tuam in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Tuam, on Sunday next, 9 January 2022, during the celebration of Mass at 2.30 pm.  He succeeds Archbishop Michael Neary who was appointed Archbishop of Tuam on 17 January 1995.

This will be a joyous and historic occasion for the people of the Archdiocese of Tuam and for Archbishop Francis himself.  While it was hoped to celebrate the Installation with as many people as possible in attendance, and at the same time respecting the public health advice and the current official guidelines, this is now not possible due to the widespread circulation of the coronavirus in the community. 

Archbishop Francis has decided to reduce the risk of his Installation becoming a potential spreader event, and to show his support for and solidarity with all who provide care for those suffering from Covid-19, all healthcare workers, and all work on the frontline in any capacity, the number of invited guests will be reduced to a minimum.

Therefore, Archbishop Francis respectfully asks those who have been invited not to attend in person but instead to watch the ceremony online, or to listen to the ceremony on Galway Bay FM or Midwest Radio.  He regrets the need to take this decision, but he is confident that it will be received with appreciation and understanding.

The congregation in the Cathedral will now be limited to members of Archbishop Francis’ immediate family and a number of close friends, His Excellency Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Michael Neary and a small number of bishops including the bishops of dioceses in the Tuam Province (Achonry, Clonfert, Elphin, Galway and Killala), members of the Tuam Council of Priests representing the clergy of the diocese, and members of the College of Consultors to whom the Holy Father’s letter of appointment must be shown.  The laity and religious living in the Archdiocese will be represented.  Others assisting at the Liturgy will also be present.

Those wishing to watch the livestream may do so by using this link:

Media arrangements
Journalists wishing to attend the Installation ceremony should contact the Catholic Communications Office in advance.  From 1:30pm on Sunday 9 January a dedicated media centre will be open in the Diocesan Resource Offices (H54 HW66) adjacent to the Cathedral of the Assumption. Martin Long of the Catholic Communications Office will be available to brief journalists from this time.  The media centre will hold copies of the Mass booklet (which contains details of the Mass, the biography of Archbishop Duffy, and an explanation of his Episcopal Coat of Arms); copies of the welcoming remarks of Archbishop Neary; and copies of the homily of Archbishop Duffy.

Media representatives will have an opportunity for photographs and brief interviews with Archbishop Duffy after the Installation Mass.

Photographs from the ceremony will be available to media by contacting Ray Ryan 087 2646822.


For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long +353 (0) 86 172 7678 and Brenda Drumm +353 (0) 87 310 4444.