Worldwide audience for ordination of new Bishop of Clogher

22 July 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Monaghan people around the world will be able to watch Sunday’s episcopal ordination of Monsignor Liam MacDaid as the new Catholic Bishop of Clogher.

The ceremony in St Macartan’s Cathedral will be webcast on the Clogher Diocese website, www.clogherdiocese.ie

Nine hundred guests from throughout the sprawling diocese – which encompasses Co Monaghan and parts of Donegal, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Louth – will be present in the cathedral to see the new Bishop installed as successor to Dr Joseph Duffy. A further 200 will be able to watch a live transmission of the ceremony to a screen in the nearby Hillgrove Hotel.

Cardinal Sean Brady will be the chief concelebrant, assisted by the retiring Bishop, Dr Duffy, and Co Monaghan man Noel Treanor, the Bishop of Down and Connor. Bishop Treanor will preach the Homily.

A press conference held in St Macartan’s College on Monday emphasised the ecumenical and inclusive nature of what the Rev John Chester promised would be a visual and colourful ceremony.

Church of Ireland Bishop of Clogher Michael Jackson will greet the new Bishop on behalf of the other Christian denominations in the diocese. Among the groups from throughout the diocese who have been invited to be present will be residents of the St Patrick’s Accommodation Centre for asylum-seekers in the Milltown area of Monaghan.

Speaking on Monday, the Bishop-Elect described his feelings about taking on the new role.

“I would be nervous and hesitant, because it is a major responsibility and I am more conscious of that responsibility than any perceived honour in the role,” Monsignor MacDaid stated.

“As a follower of Christ, my role is one of service and of taking responsibility for things. I am very conscious of the need for people’s prayers and for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.”

He said that he felt an initial shock upon learning of his appointment, but was also very conscious of the promises one made and the responsibilities taken on in becoming a priest.

He identified one of the responsibilities of his new role as ensuring that child protection structures and measures now in place in the diocese were responsibly implemented.

Full story in this week’s Northern Standard

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