Priests on the move in shake-up

Father Paul Farren.
Father Paul Farren.

After weeks of speculation, the latest round of clerical changes across the Derry Diocese have finally been revealed.

Details of the impending moves were finalised this week and congregations across the diocese are being told at Masses this weekend.

Diocesan Administrator Very Rev. Francis Bradley has confirmed that the new appointments will take effect from October 4.

Rev. Bradley has included himself in the changes, with the Diocesan leader taking on the role of priest-in-residence in Desertegney & Lower Fahan (Buncrana).

Also of note is Rev. Paul Farren’s appointment as administrator of the St Mary’s parish in Creggan where he takes over from Rev. Thomas Canning who is moving to Limavady. Rev. Farren is, of course, already ADM of the St Eugene’s parish.

Another interesting appointment is Rev. Eddie Gallagher’s promotion to administrator of the Long Tower parish which is understood to be reverting to being an independent parish. He will be joined in the parish by the newly ordained Rev. Brendan Collins who has been appointed C.C.

Meanwhile, it’s understood an announcement on a new Bishop of Derry is expected soon.

The diocese has been without a Bishop since Dr. Seamus Hegarty’s retirement in November 2011.

A church source has told the ‘Sunday Journal’ that a new Bishop should be in place before the end of the year.

“All the signs point to an announcement in the late autumn,” said the source.