Bishop Donal McKeown to lead Derry Diocese

February 25, 2014
Down & Connor auxiliary named for historic diocese

Bishop Donal McKeown


Responding to news of the appointment, Bishop Noel Treanor of Down & Connor offered his wholehearted congratulations to Bishop McKeown.

“He is a man of boundless energy and vibrant Christian hope,” Bishop Treanor said. “He has worked with courage and dedication to develop community relations and to further ecumenical understanding and dialogue. He has worked steadfastly to build solid foundations for peace with justice and to promote reconciliation and respect as the foundation stones of community, civic and public life.

His rich pastoral experience as priest and bishop go with him. As a teacher-priest, school principal, rector of the diocesan seminary and educationalist, Bishop Donal has given outstanding service to young people. As priest and bishop he has worked tirelessly to promote their personal development and to deepen their knowledge of Jesus Christ.

“Together with the faithful, priests, religious and laity, of the Diocese of Down & Connor, I pray God’s blessing on Most Reverend Donal McKeown in his new ministry as Bishop of the historic Diocese of Derry. I congratulate him wholeheartedly on his appointment.”