Monsignor Eamon Martin has been appointed Diocesan Administrator of the Derry Diocese.
The Diocesan Administrator will administer the Diocese until a new Bishop of Derry is appointed.
Mgr. Martin’s appointment follows the decision by Bishop Seamus Hegarty to resign on health grounds.
Bishop Hegarty recently revealed that he was being treated for “an irreversible and progressive condition”.
His resignation was accepted by the Pope on Wednesday last.
The Diocesan College of Consultors - a group of eight priests - met on Friday and elected Mgr Martin.
Accepting his new appointment, Mgr. Martin said: “I thank the College of Consultors for the trust they have shown in electing me as Diocesan Administrator for the Diocese of Derry. It is my prayer that I will live up to that trust.”