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Sunday, October 23, 2016
Ireland: New Bishop of Ferns named
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¬†His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, has appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Ferns the Reverend Denis Brennan, who is presently Parish Priest of Taghmon, Co Wexford. Fr Denis Brennan was born in the Parish of Rathnure, Enniscorthy, on the 20th June 1945. He attended National School at Kiltealy and received his secondary education in St Peter's College, Wexford. In September 1964 he entered St Peter's Seminary Wexford and was ordained for the Diocese of Ferns on the 31st May 1970. After ordination, he was appointed to the House of Missions, Enniscorthy, and for the next sixteen years he conducted Parish Missions and Retreats in Ireland, England and Canada. In 1986 he was appointed Administrator of St Senan's Parish, Enniscorthy, a position he held for eleven years. In 1997 he was appointed Parish Priest of Taghmon, Co Wexford. He is the current diocesan delegate for child protection and was previously Vicar Forane for the Wexford Deanery. Bishop-elect Denis Brennan said: "I am honoured and surprised that the Holy Father has invited me to become Bishop of Ferns. "It is not a call I ever expected to receive but since I have received it, I will, with the help of God and the priests and people of the diocese respond to it as faithfully and lovingly as I can. "I would like to express my gratitude to Bishop …amonn Walsh. Since Bishop …amonn came to us four years ago he has thrown himself heart and soul into the life and work of our Diocese. "We owe him an enormous debt of gratitude and I wish him well in his future ministry." In welcoming the announcement, the Apostolic Administrator, Bishop …amonn Walsh said: "I warmly welcome the appointment today by Pope Benedict XVI of Monsignor Denis Brennan as Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of Ferns. It is a very special day for the Diocese. "Since coming to the Diocese as Apostolic Administrator, Monsignor Brennan has worked closely with me as Vicar Forane and Child Protection Delegate. He is a man of deep faith, integrity and sound judgement. My prayers and the prayers of the people, priests and religious of the Diocese are with him at this time. "On a personal note, I thank Monsignor Lory Kehoe, the Vicars Forane, and the priests and people of the Diocese for their support, co-operation and advice during the past four years. It has been a privilege for me to serve the Diocese of Ferns." Welcoming the announcement the Vicar General, Mgr J L Kehoe said: "On behalf of all the people and the priests and religious of our Diocese, I warmly welcome the appointment of Monsignor Denis Brennan by our Holy Father Pope Benedict as Bishop-Elect of our Diocese. "In welcoming our new bishop I would take this opportunity to thank Bishop …amonn Walsh for his great work and his presence in the Diocese over the last four years." Source: Irish Catholic Media Office
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