The Bishop of Ossory, Seamus Freeman has announced his retirement, on health grounds.
The Bishop outlined his reasons for seeking early retirement in a statement last weekend.
“Since suffering a stroke in September 2013, I have continued to serve the good people of God, entrusted to my care as bishop, to the best of my ability,” he stated.
“It was my hope that I would continue my episcopal service until the retirement age of 75 years.
“However, due to ill health, for some time now I have found my ministry as bishop to be somewhat of a challenge.
“Therefore after prayerful reflection and with a sense of sadness, I came to my decision to retire, as I have been very happy and blessed amongst you, the good people, priests and religious of the Diocese of Ossory.”
Bishop Freeman was appointed Bishop of Ossory by Pope Benedict XVI on 14 September 2007.
In latter years he had worked for the restoration of Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Kilkenny.