Father Paul Dempsey, Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Achonry has issued the following statement today:
“It is with regret that we have had to postpone my Episcopal Ordination as Bishop of Achonry which was planned for Sunday 19th April. I requested the postponement in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. I have asked that the ceremony be rescheduled until sometime in the Summer. This decision has been difficult but it would not have been appropriate to proceed with the ordination at this time.
The decision has been made in consultation with His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okola and the Diocese of Achonry. I am grateful to Archbishop Okolo and to the priests, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Achonry for their patience and understanding as we deal with the unprecedented consequences of Covid-19 in our country and in our world.
I am grateful to Bishop Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, who has asked me to continue for the moment as parish priest in Newbridge Parish.
I ask for your prayers at this time for all those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.”
Fr Dermot Meehan is Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese and continues in that role of leadership and pastoral care of our diocese up to the moment Bishop-Elect Dempsey is ordained.