New Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

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New Bishop Elected for Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

The Church of Ireland diocese of Cashel, Ferns, and Ossory now has a bishop-elect.  The Venerable Adrian Wilkinson, Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross was elected to succeed the Rt Revd Michael Burrows as bishop of the Diocese on 23 June.  Burrows left to become Bishop of Tuam, Limerick, and Killaloe in April of this year.

The Episcopal Electoral College took place in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin with The Most Revd Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland presiding.  Upon Wilkinson’s election, Jackson said, “I am delighted that Archdeacon Wilkinson has been elected Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory.  Ahead lies a most fruitful time for the bishop to get to know the clergy and people of the diocese and to establish him in the wider community of Kilkenny, Waterford and the South East. May God guide and equip Bishop Adrian in the days and months ahead as he embarks on his episcopal ministry in the Church of God.”

Bishop-elect Wilkinson said, “I am humbled and honoured to have been elected Bishop of Cashel, Ferns and Ossory. While I will be sorry to leave Cork, a place where I have served very happily for over twenty years, I look forward to this new chapter in ministry. My childhood years were spent in Cashel, Ferns and Ossory and I look forward to working with the clergy and people there in the years ahead, as we proclaim our faith in word and action.”

Wilkinson is not thought to face serious opposition but his election must be first confirmed by the House of Bishops before he can be consecrated.