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Installation of Archbishop-elect Francis Duffy as the new Archbishop of Tuam

Tomorrow, Archbishop-elect Francis Duffy will be installed as the new Archbishop of Tuam in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Tuam, during the celebration of Mass starting at 2.30 pm.  He succeeds Archbishop Michael Neary who was appointed Archbishop of Tuam on 17 January 1995.

In the interest of protecting public health, the congregation in the Cathedral will be limited to members of Archbishop Francis’ immediate family and a number of close friends, His Excellency Archbishop 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.

All are invited to watch the livestream of the ceremony using this link to the Cathedral webcam: https://www.tuamparish.com/web-cam

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 the official photographer for this Episcopal Installation, Mr Ray Ryan on 087 2646822.

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For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long +353 (0) 86 172 7678

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