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New Bishop of Clogher Announced:
There was great excitement around Clogher Diocese as it was announced that the Apostolic Nuncio to ireland, Archbishop Okolo, would name the new Bishop-elect for the Clogher Diocese at 11.00am Mass In St. Joseph’s Church, Carrickmacross on Saturday, December 8th. As the time ticked by to 11.00am the Church fillied with locals, and not so locals, all anxious to be present when the news was announced. Great was their joy, which was loudly expressed with applause, when Fr. Larry Duffy, PP of Carrickmacross, was named as the Bishop-Elect of Clogher. Fr Larry is a native of Magheracloone and was ordained in 1976 for the diocese.  He has served in several parishes in both Fermanagh and Monaghan since ordination. He was appointed Dean and Vicar General of the Diocese on taking up his current role as Parish Priest of Carrickmacross in September of 2013 and now replaces Bishop-Emeritus Liam MacDaid, who retired due to ill- health in 2016. The Apostolic Nuncio was the chief celebrant of the Mass in St. Joseph’s on Saturday, which was the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It was very fitting and appropriate that the Blessed Virgin’s role in the life of Jesus was being celebrated at this time and both the Nuncio and Fr. Larry compared the visit of Angel Gabriel to Mary bringing the message that she would give birth to baby Jesus and the message now brought to Fr. Larry. At the news, brought to her by God’s messenger, Gabriel, Mary was perturbed and hesitant but when the angel explained that nothing is impossible with God’ she answered that she was the Lord’s servant and ‘may it done onto me according to his word’. The Nuncio in this case was the messenger sent by Pope Francis to Fr. Larry, whose first reaction was - ‘Why me’ and after due consideration that nothing is impossible with God, he answered with the same words and acceptance as Mary. Fr. Larry thanked all for their presence at the announcement and asked that they pray for him and for all priests. Mass proceeded with Fr. Larry, Bishop-Emeritus Joseph Duffy, Bishop-Emeritus Liam MacDaid, Canon Shane McCaughey, Monsignor Peter O’Reilly, and Monsignor Joe McGuinness as con-celebrants. Monsignor Joe McGuinness has been Diocesan Administrator since Bishop McDaid’s retirement and he congratulated Fr. Larry and wished him every blessing and spiritual happiness as Bishop. Fr. Sean Mulligan, curate in Carrickmacross was Master of Ceremonies assisted by Fr. Creelman and Fr. Matthews Semba, who is returning to his home country very soon. Members of the Carrickmacross congregation and ministry were involved in aspects of the Liturgy. After Mass the Bishop-Elect was congratulated individually by the congregation on their way out of church and all were delighted with the choice made by Pope Francis. Fr. Larry will be consecrated Bishop in February. We would like to send our congratulations to Fr. Larry and pledge our support and prayers for his success. We also hope that he will not be so busy that he will not have time to join us on our golfing outings.
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New Bishop of Clogher Announced:
There was great excitement around Clogher Diocese as it was announced that the Apostolic Nuncio to ireland, Archbishop Okolo, would name the new Bishop-elect for the Clogher Diocese at 11.00am Mass In St. Joseph’s Church, Carrickmacross on Saturday, December 8th. As the time ticked by to 11.00am the Church fillied with locals, and not so locals, all anxious to be present when the news was announced. Great was their joy, which was loudly expressed with applause, when Fr. Larry Duffy, PP of Carrickmacross, was named as the Bishop-Elect of Clogher. Fr Larry is a native of Magheracloone and was ordained in 1976 for the diocese.  He has served in several parishes in both Fermanagh and Monaghan since ordination. He was appointed Dean and Vicar General of the Diocese on taking up his current role as Parish Priest of Carrickmacross in September of 2013 and now replaces Bishop-Emeritus Liam MacDaid, who retired due to ill-health in 2016. The Apostolic Nuncio was the chief celebrant of the Mass in St. Joseph’s on Saturday, which was the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It was very fitting and appropriate that the Blessed Virgin’s role in the life of Jesus was being celebrated at this time and both the Nuncio and Fr. Larry compared the visit of Angel Gabriel to Mary bringing the message that she would give birth to baby Jesus and the message now brought to Fr. Larry. At the news, brought to her by God’s messenger, Gabriel, Mary was perturbed and hesitant but when the angel explained that nothing is impossible with God’ she answered that she was the Lord’s servant and ‘may it done onto me according to his word’. The Nuncio in this case was the messenger sent by Pope Francis to Fr. Larry, whose first reaction was - ‘Why me’ and after due consideration that nothing is impossible with God, he answered with the same words and acceptance as Mary. Fr. Larry thanked all for their presence at the announcement and asked that they pray for him and for all priests. Mass proceeded with Fr. Larry, Bishop-Emeritus Joseph Duffy, Bishop-Emeritus Liam MacDaid, Canon Shane McCaughey, Monsignor Peter O’Reilly, and Monsignor Joe McGuinness as con-celebrants. Monsignor Joe McGuinness has been Diocesan Administrator since Bishop McDaid’s retirement and he congratulated Fr. Larry and wished him every blessing and spiritual happiness as Bishop. Fr. Sean Mulligan, curate in Carrickmacross was Master of Ceremonies assisted by Fr. Creelman and Fr. Matthews Semba, who is returning to his home country very soon. Members of the Carrickmacross congregation and ministry were involved in aspects of the Liturgy. After Mass the Bishop-Elect was congratulated individually by the congregation on their way out of church and all were delighted with the choice made by Pope Francis. Fr. Larry will be consecrated Bishop in February. We would like to send our congratulations to Fr. Larry and pledge our support and prayers for his success. We also hope that he will not be so busy that he will not have time to join us on our golfing outings.