Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry has announced the death of Bishop Francis Lagan (85) the retired Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese. A statement published today, Tuesday 9 June, said:

“The Diocese of Derry regrets to announce the death of Bishop Francis Lagan, who had served as Auxiliary Bishop in the Diocese of Derry (1988-2010). He had served as a gentle pastor for almost 60 years.  We offer condolences to his extended family and close friends. May he rest in peace.”

Bishop Lagan was born in Maghera in 1934. He was ordained a priest in June 1960 at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

His ministry in the diocese began with teaching appointments at St Columb’s College, Derry (1961-1963), Carndonagh College (1963-1973), and Carndonagh Community School (1973-1977). He served as a curate in Strabane (1977-1982) and as Administrator at St. Mary’s Parish, Creggan, in Derry (1982-1988). Pope Saint John Paul II appointed him as Auxiliary Bishop for Derry diocese in February 1988. His resignation was accepted in May 2010.

Funeral arrangements are not yet finalised.

ENDS