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Press Release – Ordination to the Episcopate of Monsignor Michael F. Crotty


With great joy, the Diocese of Cloyne announces that the Ordination to the Episcopate of Monsignor Michael F. Crotty, a priest of the Diocese of Cloyne, will take place in St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, on 15 August next, Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On 1 February last, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Crotty as Apostolic Nuncio to Burkina Faso and at the same time also elevated him to the dignity of Archbishop, appointing him to the titular See of Lindisfarne. Subsequently, on 25 April last, His Holiness Pope Francis also appointed him Apostolic Nuncio to Niger.

Monsignor Crotty was to have been ordained Archbishop in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican last March by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Cardinal Secretary of State of His Holiness Pope Francis, but the ceremony was postponed because of the Coronavirus pandemic at that time.

The Episcopal Ordination of Monsignor Crotty is a truly historic and auspicious occasion for the Diocese of Cloyne as he is the first priest of the Diocese of Cloyne to have been appointed an Apostolic Nuncio and it is the first time that an Apostolic Nuncio will be ordained in the Cathedral Church of Cloyne where Monsignor Crotty was ordained a priest in 1994.

The principal ordaining Bishop of the Sacred Rite of Episcopal Ordination will be His Excellency Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, the Holy See’s Secretary for Relations with States. He will be assisted by His Excellency Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, and Bishop William Crean, Bishop of Cloyne, the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Archbishop Patrick Coveney, retired Apostolic Nuncio, and several other Bishops of the Irish Hierarchy.

The ceremony takes place in the context of the Coronavirus restrictions that are place at the moment, and it is with regret that participation in the ceremony will be greatly limited. We are conscious that it will not be possible to accommodate in the Cathedral all those who wish to attend and we invite them to unite themselves in spiritual communion via means of the livestream broadcast of the ceremony which will be available at at 2:30 p.m. on 15 August next.


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