Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin tweeted a picture on Saint Patrick’s Day of a very special crozier originally presented in 1921 to one of his predecessors, Bishop Patrick Foley, on the silver jubilee of his consecration as a member of the hierarchy.

Picture courtesy of Bishop Denis Nulty

The crozier was particularly appropriate for use by Bishop Nulty on Saint Patrick’s Day as it incorporates a beautiful shamrock motif.

A crozier is a staff of authority, often styled to represent a shepherd’s crook.

The crozier was originally presented to Bishop Foley by the Carlow branch of the Sodality of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Foley was Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin from 1896-1926.

Bishop Nulty said he was honoured to use the restored crozier which is a piece of the history of the diocese.

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