Mass is underway, at The Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Anne, for the Episcopal ordination of Bishop-elect Fintan Gavin who is to become the new Catholic Bishop for Cork and Ross.
Bishop-elect Gavin will be the first ordination for a Catholic Bishop for the diocese since 1984.
The ceremony will be the first ordination in Cork which will be live-streamed at http://www.corkandross.org.
Another first is the live relaying of the ceremony to a large screen installed in Skibbereen’s Cathedral where up to 850 parishioners and priests will join in the ceremony in prayer, singing and Communion.
In attendance at the ceremony will be Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin; Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA of Cashel & Emly and Bishop John Buckley of Cork & Ross.
After Holy Communion, His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, together with Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, will lead newly ordained Bishop Gavin through his Cathedral to bless the assembled congregation.
Members of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and approximately 150 priests, will concelebrate this ordination Mass. Each of the 68 parishes of the diocese will have representatives at the celebration.
Bishop-elect Gavin is 53 years old and has served as a priest since 1991. He is the second eldest of seven brothers and sisters and was born on the north side of Dublin. Until this appointment he served as the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Dublin and also ministered in Our Lady of Victories Parish, Dublin The Diocese of Cork & Ross includes Cork City, West Cork and most of mid-Cork south of the River Lee. The diocese extends eastwards to Glounthaune and north-east to Watergrasshill. The Diocese has a Catholic population of approximately 285,000.
The Diocese is comprised of two previously separate dioceses. The Diocese of Ross was comprised of eleven parishes on the seaboard, stretching from Timoleague, near Clonakilty, to Aughadown, west of Skibbereen.