- Ordination Mass will be livestreamed on www.stmaryscathedral.ie
You, or a representative, are invited to the celebration of Mass for the Episcopal Ordination of Father Niall Coll as Bishop of Ossory. For journalists wishing to attend please contact the Catholic Communications Office in advance. Details:
Date and time Sunday 22 January 2023, at 3.00pm
Venue Cathedral of Saint Mary, Kilkenny, Diocese of Ossory
In attendance Laity, religious, clergy, family and guests
At 2.00pm this Sunday, Martin Long of the Catholic Communications Office will be available to brief journalists at the dedicated media centre located in the Cathedral Parish Office which is located on the grounds of Saint Mary’s Cathedral. The media centre will be open until after the Mass and will offer internet access and refreshments. Hard copies of the homily to be preached by Father Kieran O’Shea, other addresses from the Mass, the ordination booklet (which contains details of the Liturgy and the biography of Bishop-elect Coll) and related information on the Diocese of Ossory will be available here.
Media representatives will have an opportunity for photographs and brief interviews with Bishop Coll after the Ordination Mass.
Photographs from the ceremony will be available to media by contacting photographer John McElroy on + 353 (87) 241 6985 and/or by email on [email protected] to obtain photographs for publication purposes.
The Ordination Mass will be livestreamed on www.stmaryscathedral.ie.
The Chief Ordaining Prelate will be Archbishop Dermot Farrell, Archbishop of Dublin, who will be assisted by Co-Consecrators Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin and outgoing Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Ossory, and Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ, Bishop of Raphoe. Monsignor Julien Kaboré, Chargé d’Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in Ireland, will also attend. Father Kieran O’Shea of the Diocese of Ossory, will preach the homily. The Cathedral Choir will provide music for the Mass and Master of Ceremonies will be Father Roderick Whearty of Ossory.
Notes for Editors
Life and ministry of Bishop-elect Niall Coll
Niall Coll was born on 25 August 1963 in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, Diocese of Raphoe. Bishop-elect Coll’s ministry has comprised leadership in Catholic education and, along with his priestly appointments, has included conducting retreats for clergy, as a contributor to various publications, including Doctrine and Life, The Furrow, The Irish Theological Quarterly and The Tablet and as 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: Saint Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, Co Donegal
1995 – 1998 Lecturer: Saint 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 – 2022 Parish Priest: Donegal (Tawnawilly) and Clar, Co Donegal
For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long +353 (0) 86 172 7678 and Lisa Sheridan +353 (0) 86 084 3175.
Media diary notice for the Episcopal Ordination of Father Niall Coll as Bishop of Ossory
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