NEW BISHOP His Holiness Pope Francis has announced that Bishop Donal McKeown is to be the new Bishop of the Diocese of Derry.
Bishop McKeown was presented to the priests and people of the diocese by Fr. Francis Bradley, Diocesan Administrator, accompanied by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, at a Prayer Service in St. Eugene's Cathedral, Derry.
Bishop McKeown is currently Auxiliary Bishop to the Bishop of the Diocese of Down and Connor, and will transfer to the Diocese of Derry upon his Installation as Diocesan Bishop. Bishop McKeown, aged 63, was born in Belfast, but raised in Randalstown, Co. Antrim. He was ordained a priest in 1977, for the Diocese of Down and Connor. Bishop McKeown's priestly ministry was largely in education. He served as a teacher in three schools, before being appointed President of St Malachy's College, Belfast in 1995. In 2001, he was ordained a bishop, serving as Auxiliary Bishop to the Bishop of Down and Connor to the present day. He was a member of the NI Government's Post-Primary Review Working Group (June–Dec 2003) and is currently Chair of the NI Commission for Catholic Education. Bishop McKeown has broadcast widely and published many articles on a wide range of issues. Bishop McKeown will be installed as Bishop of Derry on Sunday 6th April 2014, in St Eugene's Cathedral, Derry.
We, as priests and people of this parish, reassure Bishop Donal of our prayerful support.
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