15 April 2019
Dear brothers and sisters in the Archdiocese of Armagh,
Last year, on Monday of Holy Week (26 March 2018), following the resignation of Bishop John McAreavey, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Philip Boyce OCD, as the Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Dromore.
One year on from that announcement, the Holy Father has asked me to take over the role of Apostolic Administrator from Bishop Boyce whilst continuing my roles as Archbishop of Armagh and President of the Irish Episcopal Conference. I am humbled by this request from Pope Francis and grateful for his confidence in me. It will now also be an honour for me to serve the people, priests and religious of Dromore during this transitional time for their diocese.
Please pray for me as I take on this new responsibility.
Thank you and may God bless you all during Holy Week and the Easter season.
Archbishop of Armagh