The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Tom Deenihan took place in the Cathedral of Christ the King Mullingar on Sunday September 2nd. The Chief Ordaining Prelate was Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, who was be assisted by Most Reverend Michael Smith, Bishop Emeritus of Meath and Most Reverend John Buckley, Bishop of Cork and Ross. The homily was preached by Father Denis McNelis, Parish Priest of Laytown and Mornington. Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop Emeritus of Armagh presided at the Mass.
Other concelebrants for the Mass included His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddaeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio; Archbishop Patrick Coveney and Bishop Padraig O’Donoghue. Bishop Fintan Monahan, who was ordained to the diaconate together with Bishop Deenihan in 1990 by Bishop Michael Smith also concelebrated the Mass.
Concelebrants at the Mass also included priests and religious clergy from the Diocese of Meath and the Diocese of Cork & Ross.
Representatives of Christian denominations in attendance included Bishop Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.
Bishop Deenihan’s mother, sisters, brother, their families along with many people from different parishes in Cork and Ross Diocese where Bishop Deenihan previously served in Glanmire, Bantry, Kealkil and Coomhola also attended.
We pray God’s blessing on Bishop Deenihan as he begins his new ministry.