The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Eamon Martin, Metropolitan Archbishop of the ecclesiastical province of Armagh, as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Dromore with immediate effect, from Monday 15 April 2019.

In response to the news Bishop Philip Boyce OCD (79), who has served the Diocese of Dromore as its Apostolic Administrator from 26 March 2018 until today, said: “I am very happy to welcome Archbishop Eamon Martin as the new Apostolic Administrator of Dromore. I wish to thank the people and clergy for their prayers, goodwill, encouragement and unstinting support over the last year. While I am looking forward to my retirement, I remain available to pastorally support Archbishop Martin, and Dromore, in any way that I can.”

In a letter to the people, clergy and religious of the Diocese of Dromore on his appointment as Apostolic Administrator, Archbishop Eamon Martin said: “The Holy Father has asked me to take over the role of Apostolic Administrator from Bishop Boyce whilst continuing with my role as Archbishop of Armagh. I am humbled by Pope Francis’ request and grateful for his confidence in me. It will be an honour for me to serve the people, priests and religious of Dromore during this transitional time for the diocese. Please pray for me as I take up this new responsibility.”

He continued: “One of my first priorities in the diocese will be to receive a full briefing on safeguarding issues and to be updated on any statutory investigations into these matters. I shall, of course, fully cooperate with developments in this regard.”

Concluding his letter he said: “I am looking forward to my first visits to the Cathedral of Saint Patrick & Saint Colman in Newry for the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday at 10.30am and for Easter Sunday Morning Mass at 10.00am. I will be praying for you there. Please pray for me.”

ENDS