Archdiocese of Dublin celebrates its two new Auxiliary Bishops

29 May, 2024 | Bishops, Church, News

This past Sunday, Trinity Sunday, 26 May, during Mass at Saint Andrew’s Church in Westland Row, Dublin, the Archdiocese of Dublin presented and ordained Bishop Paul Dempsey and Bishop Donal Roche respectively as the new Auxiliary Bishops of Dublin (pictured above with Archbishop Dermot Farrell).

In his homily at the Mass, Archbishop Dermot Farrell, said, ” Today, the Church in Dublin, receives two auxiliary bishops.  In seeking two auxiliary bishops, I had to the fore the need of our diocese to respond to the rapidly-changing social and pastoral needs of our people.  The Church of today is called to be, in the words of Pope Francis, “capable of transforming everything, so that [our] customs, ways of doing things, times and schedules, language and structures can be suitably channelled for the evangelisation of today’s world, rather than for her [own] self-preservation.”  (Evangelii Gaudium, 27).  Donal and Paul, through your closeness to people you have laboured to transform your parishes into places, open to the Spirit, where all are offered a welcome.  It is this very pastoral orientation that gives me the greatest joy in ordaining you, Donal, to the episcopate this day, and welcoming you, Paul into the Archdiocese.”

Welcoming his new appointment, Bishop Paul said, “I thank all in the Archdiocese who have been so welcoming to me since the announcement in Tuam on 10 April.  Archbishop Dermot, the people, priests, deacons and religious have been so supportive which is deeply appreciated.  Thanks to His Excellency, Archbishop Montemayor, for his support and guidance over these weeks and months.  To my family, friends and loved ones, to those in the Diocese of Achonry and Kildare and Leighlin Diocese, my brother bishops and priests, and all who have had such an important part in my life’s story, thank you for your love and support which is a source of great strength for me. To all those who organised today and those involved here in the ceremony… Mile Buiochas!”

In his ordination address, Bishop Donal said, ” From quite early in my life I have been inspired by the Gospel and have spent my life as a priest trying to get to know the person of Jesus and trying to follow his teaching.  The motto I have chosen as a bishop is inspired by a line from the psalms ‘Your word is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path’. I have shortened it to ‘Do Bhriathar Mo Sholas’ – ‘Your Word is my light’.  While continually inspired by the Gospel, I can’t say I have always lived it well, but it never fails to encourage me, and it never fails to give me hope, urging me to begin again.

Read Archbishop Farrell’s full homily and Bishops Paul and Donal’s addresses here.



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