Father Michael Canny appointed Vicar General of the Derry Diocese

Father Michael Canny has been appointed the Vicar General of the Derry Diocese by Bishop Donal McKeown.

Thursday, 17th June 2021, 3:33 pm
Fr. Michael Canny.
Fr. Michael Canny.

Fr. Canny, who is Parish Priest in the Waterside Parish, is also celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ordination, having been ordained on June 14, 1981.

The Donegal-born priest will step into the role vacated by Monsignor Andy Dolan, PP Bellaghy, who celebrates 50 years in the priesthood, and joins the other Vicar General for the Diocese, Fr Paul McCafferty.

Commenting on the new appointment, Bishop Donal McKeown said: “The Vicar Generals have the task of both advising the Bishop in decision making and in representing the Bishop.

“Mons Andy Dolan was a wise and passionate parish-based voice who gave me great support and counsel.

“Fr Michael Canny is prepared to be a critical friend to me at this important time for the development of the Church in Derry. I thank Fr Michael for his readiness to take on this role.”