Roscommon native appointed Bishop of Galway

Roscommon native, Bishop Michael Duignan, has been appointed as Bishop of Galway. Bishop Duignan will minister simultaneously as Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh, and Apostolic Administrator of Klfenora.

  A native of Athlone, Roscommon, Bishop Duignan was born on July 15th, 1970 and is the eldest of six children. He attended Cloonakilla National School, Bealnamulla, and St. Aloysius College, Athlone before studying for the priesthood at St. Patrick’s Missionary Society in Co. Wicklow and the Pontifical Irish College in Rome. He was ordained into the priesthood for the Diocese of Elphin in 1994.

  Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran described Bishop Duignan as a “generous and hard-working colleague, who has contributed enormously to the field of Catholic education and the pastoral care of young adults”.

  “I very much welcome the announcement. It is a historical milestone for both the Diocese of Clonfert and Diocese of Galway as well as being an enormous challenge for Bishop Michael himself,” he said.