Pope appoints Auxiliary Bishop Donal McKeown as Bishop of Derry

Bishop Donal McKeown Bishop-elect McKeown said he felt "energised" by the challenges that lie ahead

Related Stories

The Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor has been appointed by the Pope as the new Bishop of Derry.

Bishop-elect Donal McKeown, 63, has served as a priest for 37 years.

The diocese has been vacant since Dr Séamus Hegarty retired in November 2011 due to ill health.

Bishop-elect McKeown is a native of Randalstown, County Antrim, where he grew up as part of a large extended family.

He said: "I grew up not far from the River Bann and have passed through this historic city many times - but much of the area covered by the diocese of Derry is new to me.

'Delighted'

"So moving to the banks of the Foyle means leaving behind streets and families where I have felt at home and moving aside from the network of relations that have been such an integral part of my being a priest."

Start Quote

Bishop McKeown is recognised as a communicator, educator and advocate for social justice”

End Quote Martin McGuiness Deputy First Minister

He added: "I come with the knowledge that many solid foundations have been laid in the Church of this diocese.

"Indeed this city has, for many decades, developed its own sense of independence and cultural pride, epitomised in the City of Culture celebrations last year.

"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."

Bishop-elect McKeown said he felt "energised" by the challenges that lie ahead.

Presbyterian Moderator Dr Rob Craig welcomed the appointment of Bishop Donal McKeown.

"I know he will be warmly welcomed just as I was 20 years ago and will find people keen to live together side by side respecting one another.

"I welcome him to the city and assure him of our prayers and good wishes for the days ahead."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: "Bishop McKeown is well known for his progressive approach, particularly in the field of education.

"He is recognised as a communicator, educator and advocate for social justice.

"I welcome him to the Derry Diocese and look forward to working with him on issues of common interest."

More on This Story

Related Stories

Features

  • Peaky Blinders publicity shotBrum do

    Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic?


  • Oliver CromwellA brief history

    The 900 year story behind the creation of a UK parliament


  • Image of Ankor Wat using lidarJungle Atlantis

    How lasers have revealed an ancient city beneath the forest


  • TheatreBard taste? Watch

    Are trailer videos on social media spoiling theatre?


  • Agents with the US Secret Service, such as this one, are responsible for guarding the presidentHard at work

    White House break-in adds to Secret Service woes


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.