A NEW bishop has been appointed to the recently formed Church of Ireland Diocese of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe, of which Kerry is a part.
The Episcopal Electoral College for the united dioceses of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe, meeting in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, elected the Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory, as Rt Revd Michael Burrows as the Bishop of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe.
The new diocese was formed on the occasion of the simultaneous retirement of the Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, the Rt Revd Kenneth Kearon and the Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, the Rt Revd Patrick Rooke.
It extends from the Cork-Kerry border to within a few miles of Sligo town and the diocese, which contains 90 churches, has its most easterly parish just inside Co Laois.
Bishop Michael Burrows is currently the Bishop of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory where he has served since 2006.
He was previously Dean of Cork, Rector of Bandon, Church of Ireland Chaplain at Trinity College Dublin and curate in Douglas with Frankfield.
The bishop–elect said: “I am grateful to the Electoral College for their affirmation and trust. I leave a diocese which I have greatly loved after nearly 16 years, having learned so much from them but, clearly, it is a time to embrace the new challenge of a new diocese and I look forward to working to cement the new United Dioceses of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe and serving God’s people there.”
Following the ratification of the election by the House of Bishops, the bishop–elect will be translated from the United Dioceses of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory to the United Dioceses of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe on a date to be determined.