Cathedral ready for our next Bishop’s Ordination

The Cathedral of the Diocese is ready!

Fr Fintan Gavin will be ordained bishop at the Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne, Cork, on Sunday June 30th at 3pm.

Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne, Cork

In attendance: Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin; Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA of Cashel & Emly; Bishop John Buckley of Cork & Ross.  After Holy Communion, His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, together with Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, will lead newly ordained Bishop Gavin through his Cathedral to bless the assembled congregation.  Members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and approximately 150 priests, will concelebrate this ordination Mass.  Each of the 68 parishes of the diocese will have representatives at the celebration.

Background: This will be the first ordination of a Catholic Bishop for Cork & Ross since 1984, when Bishop Buckley was ordained auxiliary bishop of the diocese.  Bishop Buckley’s resignation was accepted by Pope Francis (having reached the retirement age) on 8 April 2019, and Father Gavin, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin was appointed as his successor.

Bishop-elect Fintan Gavin is 53 years old and has served as a priest since 1991.  He is the second eldest of seven brothers and sisters and was born on the north side of Dublin.  Until this appointment he served as the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Dublin and also ministered in Our Lady of Victories Parish, Dublin.  The ordination ceremony is the culmination of several weeks of planning by people from across the Diocese of Cork & Ross and will be a joyous celebration for the people and for Bishop-elect Fintan, his family and friends.  

For the Mass, Bishop Buckley will be the Principal Consecrator and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly will be the co-consecrators.  People of all ages and from several parishes will be involved in the ceremony and are busy rehearsing singing, music, readings and prayers.

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