Bishop Michael Burrows was enthroned in Leighlin Cathedral on Sunday evening, following an ancient tradition that saw him banging on the Cathedral door with his staff.
The newly appointed Bishop had to visit the six Cathedrals in his dioceses and ask permission by the Dean of each church for permission to enter. Bishop Burrows was consecrated in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, earlier this month, following the resignation of Bishop Peter Barrett in January.
He is now the Bishop of the United Dioceses of Cashel, Waterford, Lismore, Ossary, Ferns and Leighlin. The 45-year-old is originally from Dublin and was educated in Wesley College before he studied History and Political Science in Trinity College, Dublin. The young Michael Burrows also studied the church's role in fifteenth century Ireland for his M. Litt.
Ordained in 1988, Bishop Burrows' first appointment was as a curate in Douglas Union, Frankfield, Cork. He became Dean of Residence in Trinity College, Dublin, in 1991 and was also appointed Minor Canon of St. Patrick's Cathedral.
1994 saw a move back to Cork where he was Incumbent of Bandon Union and in 1996 Bishop Burrows was appointed Canon of Cork and Cloyne. In 2002, he became Dean of Cork and Incumbent of St. Finbarr's Union.
Bishop Burrows is married to Claire who is a barrister and who lectures in University College, Cork. The couple have four children, Henry, Andrew, Grainne and James.