McKeown is new Bishop of Derry

McKeown is new Bishop of Derry

Pope Francis has appointed Donal McKeown as the new Bishop of Derry.

The 63-year-old from Co Antrim takes over a post which has been vacant since 2011, when Bishop Seamus Hegarty retired due to ill-health.Bishop McKeown said he felt "energised" by the challenge of his new role.He added: "I look forward to working with people of faith and people of doubt within this wonderful and historic diocese, so that together we can generate hope for our young people."I feel energised by this challenge. I look forward to working with you as we remember the past and confidently face the future with Christ as our constant friend and guide."Bishop McKeown was born in Randalstown, Co Antrim in 1950 and was ordained at the age of 27 as a priest for the Diocese of Down and Connor.Prior to his ordination, he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and worked as a presenter for Vatican Radio during his time.In 2001, he was appointed auxiliary bishop of Down and Connor.Cardinal Seán Brady, the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has welcomed Tuesday's announcement.He continued: "I am confident that Bishop McKeown has the gifts and qualities needed to lead the Diocese of Derry."As well as being an excellent communicator, his experience in Catholic education, parish ministry and diocesan administration have shown his wonderful ability to lead people by word and example. All of this has prepared him well for this special day."Very pleased Bishop Donal Mc Keown is to be the new Bishop of Derry. Warmest congratulations.@McKDonal— Martin McGuinness (@M_McGuinness_SF) February 25, 2014


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