The Episcopal Ordination of the Very Reverend Martin Hayes as Bishop of Kilmore will take place on Sunday 20 September 2020 in the Cathedral of SS. Patrick & Felim, Cavan at 3:00pm.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the numbers attending the ceremony will be greatly reduced and will be by invitation only.

While numbers in attendance will be restricted, the ceremony itself will be live-streamed on the internet and may be viewed at www.churchservices.tv/cavancathedral

The diocese said it will publish more information on the ordination over the coming weeks.

In the meantime, they have asked the people of the diocese to continue to pray for Fr. Hayes as he prepares to take up his new ministry as shepherd of God’s flock in the Diocese of Kilmore.

Fr Hayes, a priest of the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly, was announced as the next Bishop of Kilmore on 29 June, the first day that the country’s churches reopened having been closed for public worship during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking in Cavan on the day of his appointment, Bishop-elect Hayes said, “The Church of the future is about the increased involvement of lay people; of people and priests working together. My brief, initially, will be to listen, learn and draw upon my recent experience of pastoral planning.”

He paid tribute to the time invested in pastoral planning in Kilmore and “the efforts to respond in changing times with a mission that can be effective and relevant”.

Referring to the Covid-19 pandemic, Bishop-elect Hayes observed, “We are living in strange times as we continue to cope with Covid-19. This is a good day as we begin to gather for the celebration of Mass in our parish churches.”

For more on the upcoming ordination see www.kilmorediocese.ie

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