His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Father Ger Nash (62), a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Ferns.
Gerard Nash was born on 27 February 1959 at Glandree in the parish of Tulla, Co Clare. His parents Tommy and Mary are deceased and he has two sisters, Teresa and Margaret. His sister Bernie died in 2008.
He went to the local primary school in Drumcharley and then to secondary school in Tulla. After the Leaving Certificate he studied business and then worked in manufacturing industry for a number of years.
After choosing to study for the Diocese of Killaloe in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he was ordained on 15 June 1991 in Drumcharley Church, Tulla by Bishop Michael Harty.
After ordination, he was appointed as chaplain/teacher in Roscrea Vocational School and as priest responsible for Roscrea Youth Centre.
In 1996 he was appointed as General Manager of Clarecare, which provides a range of social services to the people of County Clare. From 1996 he was also assistant priest in Corofin. In 2003, he was appointed as resident priest in Corofin and part of the first grouping of parishes in the Diocese of Killaloe.
The newly created area was called Imeall Boirne. In 2007 he moved to Crusheen, also within the Imeall Boirne Pastoral Area. Father Nash was appointed Diocesan Secretary in 2010, while continuing to minister in Imeall Boirne.
In 2016 he was appointed Director of Pastoral Development for the Diocese of Killaloe.
Bishop Fintan Monahan has welcomed the news saying: “I warmly congratulate Father Ger Nash on his appointment as Bishop of Ferns. I have known him since we started in Maynooth together in September 1984 and being ordained one day apart in June 1991.
I am deeply indebted to him since my arrival here in the diocese of Killaloe five years ago. His tremendous work, support, energy, vision, practical, down-to-earth approach and untiring dedication as both diocesan secretary and director of pastoral planning has been immense.
He will bring with him a rich wealth of wisdom, diligence, work ethic, patience, strong faith, pastoral experience and capacity for relating and empathising with so many people. Killaloe’s loss with be a huge gain for the faithful of Ferns.
May God bless Father Ger for a long and fruitful ministry as bishop as he continues to be a dedicated pastor of Jesus Christ in his new role,” Bishop Monahan added.