Over 750 people packed into the Cathedral of the Assumption in Carlow on Sunday, to witness the episcopal ordination of the new Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin. Hundreds more watched on big screens in the nearby George Bernard Shaw Theatre and Carlow College, where the Episcopal ordination was streamed live.
The Very Rev Denis Nulty was ordained by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, who was assisted by the Most Rev Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland, and Bishop Michael Smith of Meath. Bishop Nulty had been a parish priest in St Mary’s in Drogheda before his new appointment earlier this year.
Monsignor Brendan Byrne, who had been as diocesan administrator since Bishop Moriarty stepped down in December 2009, welcomed the new bishop into our diocese. Retired bishop Jim Moriarty presented his replacement with the crozier.
The new bishop thanked the congregation for their support.
“Today is a celebration of all that is good in a diocese, all that is so enriching in our church,” he said.
“All who gather today represent all that is good about parish and diocesan life.”