Diocesan Appointments 2021

Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois
Appointments 2021

Fr Patrick Murphy, PP Mohill and Fenagh, appointed
Administrator Athlone
Fr Nigel Charles, Administrator Streete and
Rathowen, appointed PP Mohill and Fenagh
Fr Declan Shannon, Administrator Athlone, appointed
Chaplain, the Defence Forces, Custume Barracks,
Fr Pierre Pepper, CC Athlone, appointed
Administrator Streete and Rathowen
Fr Reji Kurian, CC Longford, appointed resident
priest Boher, Syro Malabar chaplain and assist in
Fr Joseph Okere, on study leave and resident priest
Boher, is appointed to the staff of the
National Missionary Seminary of St Paul, Abuja,
I thank all our priests for all their dedicated and
generous service. I thank the Parish Pastoral Councils
for the important role they carry out at local level.
This year our two largest parishes, Athlone and
Longford, each have a reduction in clergy.
Unfortunately, because of the age profile of clergy
and lack of vocations, some priests will not be
replaced as they retire or are reassigned. I encourage
continued collaboration between parishes. I also
encourage continued prayer and support for vocations
in the Diocese.
I wish every blessing and happiness to all our clergy
who are taking up new appointments.
Francis Duffy
Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois