Pope Francis Appoints Fr Michael Duignan as Bishop of Clonfert

Pope Francis has appointed Fr Michael Duignan of the Diocese of Elphin as the Bishop of Clonfert, following the resignation of Bishop John Kirby. The announcement was made public on Tuesday 16th July 2019 in the Vatican and has been welcomed by Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop John Kirby, Archbishop Michael Neary and Archbishop Eamon Martin.

Please see below statements relating to the announcement including details of the Life and Ministry of Father Duignan and the Bishop-elect’s speaking notes from Mass in Saint Brendan’s Cathedral, Loughrea in the Diocese of Clonfert: 


Photographs are available here

With thanks to the Catholic Communications Office of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference for the texts above and photographs.  (Photos: John McIlroy)