Fr. Farren welcomes new Bishop

Relief as new head of diocese is finally appointed

Announcement of the new Bishop of Derry, St Eugenes' Cathedral D

Iskaheen Parish Priest John Farren (smiling above left) welcomed the appointment of Bishop Donal McKeown on Tuesday.

Speaking in St Eugene’s Cathedral where he was attending the official announcement of the new bishop, Father Farren said that the appointment would bring some certainty to the Derry diocese following the chopping and changing of recent years.

“It’s a relief to finally have someone who we know will lead the diocese over a long period of time,” Fr Farren said.

Fr Farren said he learned last Friday that a new bishop was to be appointed, but did not know the identity of the new man until Tuesday morning.

Bishop-elect McKeown, who will be installed on 6 April, replaces Bishop Seamus Hegarty who resigned on health grounds in November 2011. In the interim, Monsignor Eamon Martin and Father Francis Bradley have served as Diocesan Administrators.

Fr Farren said the new bishop’s Northern credentials and background as an educator will be important.

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