Thursday, March 19, 2020

Fr Paul Dempsey (right) the bishop-elect of the Diocese of Achonry, pictured with the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, at the announcement of Fr Dempsey as the new bishop in St Nathy’s Cathedral, Ballaghaderreen. Picture: Mick McCormack

The ordination of the new Bishop of Achonry, Fr Paul Dempsey, has been postponed. Fr Dempsey was set to be ordained as the new bishop in St Nathy’s Cathedral in Ballaghaderreen on Sunday, April 19 but the event has been postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Fr Dempsey has requested that the ordination be rescheduled for later in the summer. For the time being, Fr Dempsey will continue in his current role as Parish Priest in Newbridge, Co Kildare.

In a statement released today via the Catholic Bishops Communication Office in Maynooth, Fr Dempsey said it was with regret that the decision to postpone the ordination was taken but added that it would not have been appropriate to proceed at this time.

Fr Dempsey said that the decision to postpone the episcopal ordination was taken in consultation with the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okola, and with the Diocese of Achonry.

“I ask for your prayers at this time for all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” he added.

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