15 February 2019 No Comments by The Northern Standard

– Bishop Larry begins episcopate with humour and humility

Peter Hughes “Any word from Inniskeen?” It was a question those in the St Macartan’s Cathedral congregation on Sunday for the ordination of the new Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Clogher were not expecting. But when Bishop Larry Duffy asked it, it brought warm smiles to everyone’s faces.

The avid GAA follower (who in his time proudly wore the livery of Magheracloone Mitchells GFC), having remarked that at least some of the many young people present would probably have preferred to be at the South Monaghan venue of the Monaghan v Galway National Football League game that afternoon, posed the query with his own soft smile, an icebreaking moment of humanity and humour in the first address of his episcopate.

There was humility, too, as he described his shock at being invited to become the successor of Liam MacDaid: “The God of surprises surely has a sense of fun and humour.” All he could promise, he told his congregation, was, “I will do my best to serve as best I can for as long as God gives me.” But there is a sense that Bishop Duffy’s episcopate could be an active and defining one for his diocese as it accommodates the decline in priestly numbers…

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