The Diocese of Clogher has this evening announced the appointment of Monsignor Joseph McGuinness as their new Diocesan Administrator. The move follows the retirement at the weekend of Bishop Liam MacDaid due to illness. In a pastoral letter to the people and priests of the Diocese of Clogher, Bishop MacDaid (71) revealed that his battle with Parkinson’s Disease had made it “increasing problematic” for him to carry out his duties and was beginning to “interfere” with his work.
Following the acceptance by Pope Francis of Bishop MacDaid’s retirement on health grounds, the College of Consultors met this afternoon in Monaghan to elect a Diocesan Administrator.
Monsignor McGuinness, a native of Lisnaskea, takes up his responsibilities immediately. He will have responsibility for administering the day-to-day affairs of the Diocese until a new Bishop is appointed by Pope Francis. In his role as Administrator he will also attend meetings of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.
Speaking after the meeting, Monsignor McGuinness he felt honoured to be asked to take on the role of Diocesan Administrator and would do his best to serve the Diocese until the new bishop is appointed.
Monsignor McGuinness was previously appointed to the staff of St Michael’s College in Enniskillen as a teacher of religion, science and music in 1988. He was President of the College from 2000 until 2006 after which he was appointed Parish Priest of Enniskillen in 2007. In 2010 Bishop MacDaid appointed Mgr McGuinness as Diocesan Secretary.
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