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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Bishop offer 'came like bolt out of blue'

Gordon Deegan

A NEWLY appointed bishop yesterday admitted that his world was thrown upside down when offered the post by senior Vatican officials.

Speaking from Rome yesterday, Fr Kieran O'Reilly said that the offer to become the new Bishop of Killaloe "came like a bolt out of the blue".

The 57-year-old Corkman has been Superior General of the Society of African Missions since 2001 and replaces Dr Willie Walsh, after 16 years in the post.

He said people were feeling pessimistic about the church but "there are wonderful church communities that are vibrant and alive".

Fr O'Reilly said that he had no inkling of becoming the next Bishop of Killaloe when approached two weeks ago.

"I was told the proposition that I would become the Bishop of Killaloe had gone to the Holy Father," he said. "It was a complete surprise."

Irish Independent

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