RIP: Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh OFM

Our brother, Bishop Fiachra Ó Ceallaigh OFM, died on Sunday 29th July 2018.

Born in 1935, Bishop Fiachra was a native of Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. He joined the Franciscan Order in 1953, entering the novitiate in Killarney and was ordained a priest in Rome in 1961.

He carried out different ministries in education and held different roles within the Order, including Provincial Secretary for Formation and Studies. He was elected Minister Provincial of the Province of Ireland in 1987 and in that role, he was instrumental in the creation of the Union of Friars Minor of Europe (UFME). In 1994 he was chosen to be an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Dublin and was conferred with episcopal ordination on 17th September 1994, the feast of the Stigmata of St Francis.

Fiachra was a committed Franciscan friar and a dedicated priest and bishop. May Christ’s faithful servant enter into the joy of his Lord.