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Sunday, October 23, 2016
New bishop for Menevia
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┬áThe Catholic Media Office has just announced the news that Pope John Paul II has appointed Bishop Mark JabalÚ OSB as new Bishop of Menevia. At the same time, the Pope accepted the retirement of Bishop Daniel Mullins, who had been Bishop of Menevia since 1987. The diocese covers Swansea, Carmarthenshire, Neath-Port Talbot, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and part of Powys. Bishop JabalÚ was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Menevia on 7 November 2000. On his new appointment he said: 'Since arriving in Menevia, I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and the warmth of the diocese. I therefore embark upon this new phase of my life with enthusiasm and joy. In particular, I am truly grateful to Bishop Mullins for his welcome. He has been a good servant of the diocese, and I know that I can rely on his help in retirement.' Bishop JabalÚ's installation is today at 11.30am at St Joseph's Cathedral, Swansea. John Mark JabalÚ was born in Alexandria, Egypt, on 16 October 1933. He studied in Alexandria, before joining Belmont Abbey School at the age of 14. He made his simple profession at Belmont in 1953, and his solemn vows in 1956. He was ordained priest at Belmont in 1958. In 1983, he supervised the building of Tambogrande Monastery in Peru, before becoming Prior of Belmont in 1986. In 1993 he was elected Abbot. Daniel Joseph Mullins was born on 10 July 1929 at Kilfinane, County Limerick, Ireland. He was ordained priest in 1953, and then worked in the Cardiff Archdiocese. He was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Cardiff in 1970, and appointed Bishop of Menevia in 1987.
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