Editorial - Teaching new lessons

Since its foundation Derry has had a reputation as a centre of faith and learning.

From the time of Saint Columba in sixth century, the city has played a prominent role on the religious and educational history of Ireland and beyond.

That reputation will be further cemented this Sunday with the Episcopal Ordination of Monsignor Eamon Martin as the Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh.

In his spiritual and professional life to date the Derry priest has already shown remarkable leadership.

As Diocesan Administrator he has combined both roles, leading from the front, proposing bold and radical changes.

Now as he prepares to join the Catholic Church hierarchy in Ireland, it is his experience as an educator which will see him make the greatest impact.

In time he will take over as leader of the church in Ireland and it is certainly a church with lessons to learn.

Through his role as Diocesan Administrator Monsignor Martin has already shown himself more than capable of dealing with the scandals of the past an open and decisive manner. No doubt this will be a strength he will need to call on again in the years to come.

However, Sunday’s ordination is not about the past; it is about the future - a new future for the church in which it can move forward with confidence guided by a strong leader.

Monsignor Martin will be missed in Derry but it is certain that he will not be a stranger to this city and its people.