Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Paul Dempsey
The Chairperson, Executive Committee and members of Moorefield GAA Club extend sincere congratulations and good wishes to Fr Paul Dempsey on his ordination as Bishop of Achonry on Sunday next, 30 August 2020 at 3.00pm.
We rejoice with him as he assumes his responsibilities as spiritual leader of a diocese that covers 23 parishes in Roscommon, Mayo and Sligo.
It will be a major change in his life, but we know he has the personal and priestly qualities and experience, characteristics which guided him as Parish Priest in Newbridge, to be an inspirational bishop,
We wish him well in every way possible and know that his years in Newbridge, and the parishioners of St Conleth’s Parish, will always be a source of support in his ministry.
He was a wonderful Moorefield Club Patron and we hope that the good fortune which followed him from Two Mile House to our club will also follow him in his sporting interest in his diocese.
His ordination ceremony will be streamed live on the Achonry Diocesan website achonrydiocese.org at 3.00pm on Sunday.
Tribute to Fr Paul Dempsey, P.P, Bishop-elect of Achonry
It was with a mixture of sadness at his leaving, but joy at his elevation, that we heard that Fr Paul Dempsey has been appointed as Bishop-elect of the Achonry Diocese.
He came to Newbridge from Two Mile House just after that club won the All-Ireland Junior Club title and gladly agreed to become Moorefield Club Patron. He brought good luck to us as we won county titles in 2017 and 2018 as well as a Leinster Club. Maybe he will bring that luck with him to Mayo!
Fr Paul is blessed with a very warm and outgoing personality which endeared him to people of all ages. Despite the many challenges that were part of his journey in the priesthood, he loves being a priest.
He enabled and empowered lay people to take up numerous roles in parish life and encouraged young people in many ways. His work in the parish has been exemplary and outstanding.
Fr Paul is especially close to numerous Moorefield families, visiting people at home, in hospital or in the hospice. He has officiated at weddings of our members, at funerals, and brought spiritual comfort to the bereaved.
We will miss him greatly. We thank him for his wonderful service in Newbridge and wish him well as Bishop of Achonry where he will certainly be an inspiring spiritual leader of the people of the 23 parishes in his new diocese.
We are privileged to have had Fr Paul as our Club Patron and are pleased to make a small presentation to him in appreciation of his work in Newbridge and his association with our club.