THE bells at St. Colman's Cathedral in Cobh were ringing jubilantly last Sunday as the crowd emerged following the ordination of Canon William Crean as Bishop of Cloyne.
Bishop William Crean was born in Tralee on December 16, 1951, and among his assignments he has served as Curate in Glenbeigh and Parish Priest of Castlegregory and most recently in Caherciveen.
The ordaining bishop of this joyful and uplifting ceremony was the Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Charles Brown and was attended by huge numbers of the Clergy including Cardinal Sean Brady, Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop Michael Neary, Bishop William Murphy and Archdeacon Tom Crean - a brother of the new Bishop.
The faithful of the diocese had an opportunity to greet the new Bishop through some of the representatives who were present from every parish. In attendance also were clergy members from the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church in Ireland and Presbyterian Church in Ireland while President Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny were represented by their Aides-De- Camp. The ceremony which began at 3.00 pm included some inspiring music and singing and the Second Reading was read as Gaeilge by Máire Uí Laoire, Cill na Martra, while the Gospel was proclaimed by newly ordained Fr. Damien Lynch from Coolea who is currently serving as a Curate in Fermoy.
Just before the final Blessing, the Bishop addressed the congregation in which he expressed his commitment to working with the priests and people of the diocese and he thanked all those who prayed for him and sent him messages of support and good wishes. He also rowed in behind the people when he spoke of the strain that family life was under because of the enormous stress the people were experiencing due to the financial difficulties they were struggling with.
He referred to what Jesus said in the Gospel about those who "place heavy burdens on peoples shoulders" and said that the people had carried more than enough on their shoulders and that it was time for the financial institutions to do some heavy lifting! The Bishop's fondness of the Irish language and his sense of humour were in evidence throughout his address and he concluded with a "Sin a Bhfuil - That's Enough For Now!"
After the ceremony everyone was invited to the Community Centre where welcome refreshments were served in abundance. The trojan work which went into the preparation for this wonderful day was acknowledged by one and all. Best wishes to former Bishop John Magee without whom the diocese would not have the gift of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament day and night throughout many parishes. Buiochas le Dia.
DAN J. KELLEHER ARCHIVE
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