On Sunday, October 6, Monsignor Francis Duffy from Templeport, Co Cavan had his Episcopal Ordination as Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois in Athlone.
In his address he said “Some weeks ago the children in a school in the parish where I was working drew congratulation cards for me.
“One in particular caught my eye. It had a dark storm cloud with a yellow zigzag fork of lightning coming from it.
“The teacher asked what was the significance of the streak of lightning; the reply was ‘when we heard the news we got a shock’.
“I thank the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, for imparting that shock with great gentleness and encouragement last July! I thank him also for his on-going steady support.”
He thanked Bishop Colm O’Reilly for his welcome, encouragement and kindness, he also thanked fellow Cavan man, Cardinal Seán Brady for his leadership and for his gentle and thoughtful support.
He noted the significant people in his life “my mother (Mary) and my family, my friends, priests of Kilmore led by Bishop Leo, who for me has been an inspirational leader.”
“The Episcopal motto I chose is from Saint John’s Gospel: ‘I have come that they may have life’. I chose it because each human life is so important. It holds up the vision that no person should ever be marginalised or set aside.
Today too I remember and share the country’s shock and revulsion concerning the attacks on two innocent children here in this town as they played last weekend. My prayer today is for the young victims, their families and local communities.
He spoke about the plans and the future of St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford, he said, “I am eager to continue and build on the good work that the faithful and talented clergy of this diocese and their parish communities have accomplished.”
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