Derry’s Diocesan Administrator, Monsignor Eamon Martin, will replace Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh following his appointment as Coadjutor Bishop of the Archdiocese.
Cardinal Brady made the announcement this morning in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh.
“The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Mgr Eamon Martin, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Derry, as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh,” the Primate said.
Cardinal Brady congratulated Monsignor Martin and thanked Pope Benedict for his appointment. “Today, in choosing Mgr Eamon Martin for the office of bishop, he has chosen a man of great gifts and great generosity who knows how to use those talents in the education of people – young and old,” he said.
Mgr Martin said he was shocked by the appointment but looking forward to his new role.
“I was shocked some days ago, when I heard Archbishop Brown say that Pope Benedict XVI had nominated me as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh. I am very conscious of the great trust that the Holy Father has placed in me, but in truth I have to admit it was with considerable nervousness and trepidation that I accepted his call,” he said.
He also said he will be sorry to leave Derry and thanked the people of the diocese for their support.
Retired Bishop of Derry, Dr Edward Daly, also congratulated Mgr Martin on his appointment. “I am pleased that a priest of the Derry Diocese has been entrusted with this daunting responsibility and feel very honoured that I ordained Eamon to the priesthood of this diocese,” he said.