By Dan Walsh
The Episcopal Ordination of Fr Ger Nash as Bishop of Ferns takes place on Sunday, September 5th, in St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy, at 3pm.
Normally, it would be a major civic and church event endorsed by the community in a spirit of celebration and achievement and the beginning of a new chapter in the religious heritage of the Diocese of Ferns.
Sadly, the ceremonial atmosphere will be missing due to Covid-19 restrictions as the numbers in attendance will be strictly limited, however, the ceremony will be followed on several social media platforms and more information will become available closer to the big occasion.
His Holiness Pope Francis appointed Fr Ger Nash, a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe in Co Clare, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Ferns.
The news of his Episcopal appointment was made public on June 20th – the feastday of the Sacred Heart – and following the announcement of Bishop Denis Brennan’s successor, Mass was celebrated at St Aidan’s Cathedral Enniscorthy at 12 noon to celebrate the announcement.
Bishop Brennan welcomed the appointment; “I warmly welcome the appointment of Father Ger Nash of the Diocese of Killaloe as my successor as Bishop of Ferns. I know that the people of Ferns, priests, religious, and lay faithful will welcome him too, and make him feel at home in their midst. I heartily congratulate him on his appointment and trust that he will be happy in his new surroundings in the south-east.”
Gerard Nash was born in 1959 at Glandree in the parish of Tulla, Co Clare. After choosing to study for the Diocese of Killaloe in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he was ordained in 1991 in Drumcharley Church, Tulla by Bishop Michael Harty.