For the first time in eighteen months, the Diocese of Killaloe has a Bishop.
Fr Fintan Monahan was appointed to the role on Friday morning by Pope Francis. The forty nine year old had been Tuam diocesan secretary and chaplain to St Jarlath’s College for the past decade.
A native of Tullamore, Co Offaly, Fr Fintan has been part of the staff at St Jarlath’s College since 1993 serving as a Irish, science and religion teacher up until 2006 when he took on the role of chaplin. Bishop Monahan was the basketball and hurling coach at the school and is a fluent Irish speaker.
Monahan met with local parishioners this morning at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Ennis shortly after the announcement. Also in attendance were His Excellency Archbishop Charles J Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland; Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly (and formerly Bishop of Killaloe); Bishop William Walsh, Bishop Emeritus of Killaloe and Father Des Hillery, the Diocesan Administrator of Killaloe Diocese.
He succeeds Kieran O’Reilly in the position with the current Archbishop of Cashel and Emly who believes Monahan will bring many gifts with him to the role and points to his following on Twitter (he has 1,539 followers) as a sign of Monahan’s energy.
“In addition to his work in promoting and encouraging vocations to the priesthood, Fr Fintan is recognised as having invested much energy and leadership in the area of communications and especially in the area of digital media. Fr Fintan’s gifts and experience will no doubt make a valuable contribution to the Diocese of Killaloe and to the Church in Ireland” Archbishop O’Reilly noted.
Archbishop of Tuam, Michael Neary has welcomed the appointment. “Father Fintan is a man of deep faith, integrity and humility, someone who radiates a great love for and joy in priesthood. All those qualities are very much appreciated by those to whom he ministers. He brings great qualities of generosity, wholesomeness and leadership to his new responsibility. Being a bishop in the Ireland of today, he will be confronted by many challenges. I believe that with the grace of God and his own warm personality he will meet those challenges. His appointment as Bishop of Killaloe is a huge loss to the Archdiocese of Tuam but a wonderful blessing to his new diocese and to the Church in Ireland at this time”.