Treanor pictured at St Peter's in
West Belfast with Bishop Patrick
Walsh out going Bishop of Down and
THE Pope has appointed the Rt. Rev
Monsignor Noel Treanor to succeed Bishop Patrick Walsh as
the Bishop of Down and Connor. The ordination will take
place on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Sunday June 29.
Bishop Walsh will remain in position until then.
Speaking of his appointment, Bishop-elect
Treanor said: "I come with great joy in my heart. I look
forward to working in the service of Jesus Christ and his
Gospel together with the priests, with the members of
religious orders and congregations, and with the laity of
this historic diocese."
The new Bishop has most recently been a
priest in the Diocese of Clogher which covers all of County
Monaghan, south Donegal and large areas of Fermanagh
Since 1989 he has been involved with the
Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European
Community (COMECE) secretariat in Brussels.
At COMECE he was actively involved in
monitoring European Union draft policy and engaging in
debate between Christian faith and political institutions.
His wealth of experience also includes
publishing and lecturing widely on European construction
issues, the church and Europe, and church-state matters.
Bishop-elect Treanor has made a plea for
support in his new role: "I ask for the prayers of all the
Catholic faithful - young and old - throughout the parishes
of the diocese.
"I shall rely on the understanding and patience of the
priests so that together we may serve the people of God by
proclaiming the Gospel, celebrating the sacraments, and
engaging in the work of charity in the face of human
suffering and need."