- Photo opportunity at 11.00am at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, Kilkenny, Diocese of Ossory
His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Father Niall Coll, a priest of the Diocese of Raphoe, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Ossory. The news of this Episcopal appointment will be made public this morning at 11.00am Irish time (12.00pm in the Vatican).
Photographers and journalists are invited to attend at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, Kilkenny, Diocese of Ossory, for 11.00am Mass this morning with principal celebrant Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Ossory, concelebrated by Monsignor Julien Kaboré, Chargé d’Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Ireland, and Father Niall Coll. To obtain photographs for publication purposes from today’s Mass, please contact John McElroy on +353 (0) 87 241 6985.
Notes for Editors
- Life and Ministry of Bishop-elect Niall Coll
Niall Coll was born on 25 August 1963 in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
During his ministry, Bishop-elect Niall Coll, in conjunction with his priestly appointments, has conducted retreats for clergy, is a contributor to various publications, including Doctrine and Life, The Furrow, The Irish Theological Quarterly and The Tablet, and in addition was the Editorial Director of the Catholic School ethos journal Le Chéile.
1981 – 1984 BA National University of Ireland, Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, Co Kildare
1984 – 1987 BD Pontifical University Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare
1988 Priestly Ordination: 3 July 1988 Incardinated in the Diocese of Raphoe
1987 – 1989 Licence in Dogmatic Theology Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
1991 – 1992 H Dip Ed University of Dublin, Trinity College
1992 – 1995 Doctorate in Christology Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy
1989 – 1991 Teacher: St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
1995 – 1998 Lecturer: St Patrick’s College, Carlow
1998 – 2001 Curate: Parish of Dungloe, Co Donegal
Chaplain and Teacher: Pobalscoil na Rosann, Dungloe, Co Donegal
2001 – 2019 Professor of Religious Studies and Religious Education,
St Mary’s University College, Belfast
2019 – 2021 Parish Priest: Drumholm-Ballintra, Co Donegal
2021 to date Parish Priest: Donegal (Tawnawilly) and Clar, Co Donegal
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