The new Bishop of Kildare and Leigh lin is set to prioritise meeting the people
Speakin on his ordination Bishop Denis Nulty pledged to visiting each of the 56 parishes in his new diocese over the coming months.
Bishop Nulty is alalso planning a visit to next month’s ploughing championsips, where he said he looked forward to meeting people.
“And let’s not forget the Ploughing Championship, a great institution in these parts, I relish meeting so many of you up in Portlaoise next month; I can’t promise you good weather, but I can assure you I’m well use to wearing the wellies,” he told the large congregation in Carlow Cathedral, last Sunday.
Bishop Nulty was ordained by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, who was assisted by the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, and Bishop Michael Smith in front of a crowd of over 750 people in the Cathedral, with many more watching from screens in the nearby theatre and parish centre. The service was a screened live on the internet.
The ceremony was preceeded by a parade of banners from the diocese’s parishes, which represent nearly a quarter of a million Catholics. It included representatives fromLaois parishes.
Once ordained Bishop Nulty was led by Archbishop Martin to the bishop’s seat, which has been vacant for almost three and a half years, following the resignation of Bishop Jim Moriairty.
In his homily, the diocesan adminastrator during that time said it was the first time in 77 years that a priest has been ordained to immediately take over as bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.
In his address, Bishop Nulty said last Sunday was a great day of celebration.
“Today is a celebration of all that is good in a Diocese – all that is so enriching in our Church; all who gather today represent all that is good about parish and diocesan life.”
He said it was a very special day for him and his family and thanked everyone who attended.
“Today is a very special day for me, for my family and for my friends – I thank all of you here in Kildare and Leighlin for the warmth of your hospitality, keeping the tradition of Saint Brigid so alive in this diocese. ”
Bishop Nulty even brought humour to his Homily, joking: “It is rumoured that local hotels were offering a special ordination deal!.”
He expressed a simple thank you to all those who had helped with the ceremony.
Concluding, he said we had all been acutely aware in recent days of the need of one another as evidenced by the small community in Bagnalstown Parish as they surrounded Kathleen Chada and her family after the horrendous loss of her two sons Eoghan and Ruairí, whose funeral he had con-celebrated earlier that week.