Bishop Brendan Kelly has expressed both his shock and delight at returning ‘home’ after Pope Francis appointed him as the new Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.
Bishop Kelly, who was born in Derrybrien in the parish of Ballinakill, Co Galway, will be returning to his roots after serving as Bishop of Achonry for a decade. Pope Benedict XVI named him as the Bishop of Achonry in November 2007.
His new role was announced on Monday, 11th December when Pope Francis, named him as Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora, succeeding Bishop Martin Drennan, who retired in July 2016.
“I am still somewhat in shock,” said Bishop Kelly. “Having settled happily in Achonry, I never expected to be asked to take on the shepherding of another diocese. However, the fact that it is my own native diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora makes it much easier to say yes to this appointment with which Pope Francis has chosen to honour me.
“I am very grateful to the Holy Father for his trust. And it is good to be coming home,” he added.
The bishop offered his heartfelt thanks to all of the priests of the Achonry diocese for their constant support, kindness and acceptance of all he asked of them.
Picture: Bishop Brendan Kelly.