Bishop William Crean has today announced a number of new clerical appointments for the Diocese of Cloyne.
The V. Rev Liam Kelleher, PE, CC, Cobh is to retire and continue to reside in Cobh, while Rev Paul Bennett will return from chaplaincy at Knock Shrine to be CC in Cobh.
Rev Kevin Mulcahy, CC Ballymacoda is to retire and continue to reside in Ballymacoda.
Rev Thomas (Tommy) Lane is returning from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Maryland, USA to be priest-in-residence in Mitchelstown while continuing research and writing.
Rev Daniel (Danny) Murphy returns from Director of National Liturgy Institute to serve as Coordinator of the Diocesan Mission and Ministry Team to reside in Carrigtwohill.
The V. Rev John McCarthy is returning from sabbatical leave to be CC in Mallow and Rev Deacon James Sheahan, Newmarket is to assist in Kanturk.
Commenting on the appointments Bishop Crean said, “I, as Bishop, and the people of the diocese, are deeply indebted to our priests for their generosity of spirit and commitment.
“As Father Liam Kelleher and Father Kevin Mulcahy retire from full-time ministry, we are grateful to God for their ministry in the various parishes they served. We pray the blessing of serenity upon their retirement.
“We pray too, for those taking on new assignments. Transition always brings its own demand. Covid-19 adds to the list of adjustments that change demands. We pray the blessing of contentment upon them.”
The appointments will come into effect on Saturday, September 19th.