Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Denis Brennan, in line with the existing protocol on reaching his 75th birthday, and the authorities in Rome have sanctioned the process of appointing a new Bishop of Ferns.
Recently, on Pentecost Sunday (May31st), Bishop Brennan celebrated the Golden Jubilee of his priesthood at Sunday Mass in Rathnure Church. There was no congregation present due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Many tributes were paid to Bishop Brennan on that special personal occasion, including a special message from Pope Francis which was read by the parish priest, Fr. Brian Broaders.
Son of Denis and Bridget Brennan, born in Springmount, in the parish of Rathnure, on June 20th 1945, he was ordained on May 31st 1970 at St Peter’s College, Wexford.
He was appointed to the House of Missions in 1970 and was the last Superior before it closed in 1992, but remained in Enniscorthy and became Administrator of St Senan’s Parish from 1986 until his appointment as parish priest of Taghmon in 1997.
Bishop Brennan was consecrated bishop on April 23rd 2006, becoming the first Wexford priest to become Bishop of Ferns in almost 70 years. That was Bishop Wiliam Codd, the son of a shipwright from Wexford’s South Main Street, who was appointed on December 7th, 1917 and served for 21 years until his death on March 12th, 1938. He is interred in the grounds of St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy.