Pope Francis has appointed a Dublin priest, Fr Fintan Gavin as the new Bishop of Cork & Ross.
Fr Gavin takes over the role from Dr John Buckley, 79, who has served as Bishop for more than 20 years.
Bishop-elect Gavin concelebrated Mass this morning in the Cathedral of Saint Mary & Saint Anne with His Excellency the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo; Bishop John Buckley and with priests of the diocese.
Fr Gavin was born in Dublin on 1 January 1966 and baptised in Saint Andrews Parish, Westland Row.
He is the second eldest of seven brothers and sisters. His family roots are in Marino, Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, on the Northside of Dublin.
His grandparents and ancestors were from Midfield, Co Mayo, Newtown, North Co Dublin, and Lisnaskea, County Fermanagh.
He played hurling and football with Saint Vincent’s GAA Club, Marino, and was a member of Marino Athletic Club.
Prior to his seminary formation in Clonliffe College, Dublin, Bishop-elect Gavin had begun training as a residential social worker in Our Lady’s Hostel, Eccles Street, Dublin, from September 1983 to August 1984.
Up to today’s appointment to the Diocese of Cork & Ross, Bishop-elect Gavin was Chancellor in the Archdiocese of Dublin and Parish Chaplain in Ballymun Road Parish and the Grouping parishes of Iona Road, Drumcondra, Glasnevin, Ballymun Road and Ballygall, Dublin, and Chaplain to the Italian speaking community in the Archdiocese and chaplain to the annual Dublin Diocesan Children’s Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
He is fluent in Italian and Spanish and enjoys keeping fit, walking, cooking - especially vegetarian, and gardening.
Bishop John Buckley was ordained Titular Bishop of Leptis Magna on 29 April 1984 and installed as Bishop of Cork & Ross on 6 February 1998.
Speaking at Mass today, Bishop Buckley warmly welcomed Monsignor Fintan Gavin as our new Bishop. "I am certain that the people of Cork will give him the traditional ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’. It is a great honour for a Dublin man to be promoted to the real capital of Cork!"
"You would know, Monsignor Fintan, that many Cork people have made their mark when they went to Dublin. Perhaps now is a good time to begin reversing that trend and that Dublin people would make a contribution to Cork!"
"We always think down here that there are only two categories of people in Ireland, Cork people and those who wish they were Cork people! You have now obtained your wish thanks to Pope Francis," Bishop Buckley said.
Speaking on his announcement, Bishop-elect Gavin said today was about the people of the Diocese of Cork & Ross, one of the largest dioceses in Ireland.
"I have experienced in Cork people their great sense of community spirit and warm welcome across all the generations of all age groups and places. I look forward to becoming part of your great sense of community and making my home among you," he said.
"That community spirit is alive in active and faith-filled parishes throughout the diocese as people and priests work together. I look forward to supporting and being enriched by the community spirit here and together in collaborative ministry, getting to know you as I visit and meet and engage with you in the parishes across the diocese."
The Cork & Ross diocese includes Cork City and part of County Cork. It has a Catholic population of 220,000 across 68 parishes and its patron saints are Saint Finbarr and Saint Fachtna.