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Saturday 20 September 2014

Parishioners hail special day as they get first look at new man

Published 19/07/2014 | 12:00

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Gina, Regina and Vener Dejesus, originally from the Philippines, and who are living in Sligo for 13 years, at Sunday’s ordination.

A total of 1200 people filled Sligo Cathedral on Sunday evening for the ordination of Kevin Doran as the new Bishop.

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Much work had gone into preparing for the big event, which saw representatives from all 37 parishes taking part in the historic ceremony.

From 4pm onwards, people starting gathering at the church ahead of the 5.30pm start.

It was a ticketed affair, based on a first come first served basis.

Many had travelled from places scattered throughout the large Diocese, which stretches from Athlone to Bundoran.

Bernadette Higgins from Elphin said that she was looking forward to the 'wonderful, historic occasion'.

"I've known Bishop Christy very well as he used to live up the road. I was at his ordination 20 years ago. We'll miss him enormously."

Gina Dejesus was eager to get tickets for her family.

"We are from the Philippines but have been living in Sligo for 13 years. It is a really special day.

"We're here early as we don't want to miss it. I haven't been to a Bishop's ordination before, so I am looking forward to it," she added.

Paul Woods and Kathleen O' Connor made the trip to Sligo from Athlone.

Paul said: "I wasn't at Bishop Christy's ordination, so I wanted to come to this. It is good to see new blood in a sense too."

Kathleen added: "Fr Doran sounds like a great man, he did tremendous work heading up the Eucharistic Congress a few years ago."

Jackie Pardy, resident in Chesire Homes, was there with Vinnie Duggan. "I cannot wait. I go to mass every Saturday in St Anne's and I know Bishop Christy very well," Jackie said.

Marion McGowan, also from St Anne's parish, called the ordination a 'very important day' for Sligo.

"It is a big day. I've known Bishop Christy for the last 20 years.

"I know very little about Fr Doran but he seems very pleasant and nice. Today is a new chapter for the Diocese," she added.

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