Representatives from all forty six parishes in the archdiocese, from Mullinahone in the east to Knocklong in the west, from Clerihan in the south to Templemore in the north, attended the installation of Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly on Sunday.
Holy water from each parish was also brought to the cathedral as part of the installation ceremony, with the new archbishop blessing the water and then sprinkling the congregation.
The cathedral was full to overflowing for the moving ceremony which inlcuded Archbishop Kieran’s reception on the steps of the church, the formal welcome by his predecessor Dr Dermot Clifford, and the reading of the Papal Bull of Appointment by the Papal Nuncio.
Archbishop Kieran asked everyone present, and everyone in the archdiocese, to support him in the tasks given to him by Pope Francis.
“It is a wonderful challenge and I want us to go on that journey together”, he said.
He said he took his commission from the Pontiff, and the urging from former archbishop Dermot Clifford to ‘preach the word of God’, as a priority for the years of his ministry in the archdiocese.
“I invite you my friends and the people of Cashel & Emly to set out on a journey to become more familiar with the Word of God and its life-giving power. I have been invited to proclaim the Word and this has been for me the thought that is foremost in my mind as I prepared to take up the appointment that I have been entrusted with by Pope Francis.
The reading from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians: “I do not boast of preaching the gospel, since it is a duty laid on me” (9:16) is uppermost in my mind today”.