The next Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Cork and Ross will be ordained at a ceremony in Cork’s Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Anne on Sunday 30 June 30th at 3.00pm. This will be the first ordination of a Catholic Bishop in Cork since 1984 when Bishop John Buckley was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese. Bishop Buckley’s resignation was accepted by Pope Francis (having reached the retirement age) on 8 April 2019, and Father Fintan Gavin, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin, was appointed as his successor.
Father Fintan Gavin is 53 and has been a priest since 1991. He is the second eldest of seven brothers and sisters. He was born on the Northside of Dublin. Until this appointment he served as the Chancellor of the Dublin Archdiocese and also served in Our Lady of Victories Parish, Dublin.
The Ordination Ceremony is the culmination of several weeks of planning by people from across the diocese and will be a joyous celebration for the people of Cork and Ross and for Father Fintan and his family and friends.
Bishop John Buckley will be the Principal Consecrator. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin and Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly of Cashel and Emly will be the co-consecrators. People of all ages and from several parishes will be involved in the ceremony and are busy rehearsing singing, music, readings and prayers. Each of the 68 parishes of the diocese will have representatives at the ceremony.
After Holy Communion, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, together with Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA, will lead newly ordained Bishop Fintan Gavin, with his mitre and staff, through the cathedral to bless the congregation.
The ordination Mass will be live-streamed live on www.corkandross.org. The ceremony will also be relayed live to a large screen being installed in Skibbereen’s Cathedral where parishioners and priests will join in the ceremony in prayer, singing and Communion.