By Cian Molloy - 07 July, 2019
“Above all, he has served countless people as a priest and it is this priestly ministry which the people of the diocese and his many friends celebrate.”
Bishop Liam MacDaid will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood with a Mass of Thanksgiving in Saint Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan, next Sunday.
Born in Bundoran, Co Donegal, on the north-western tip of the Clogher Diocese, the Bishop Emiritus of Clogher was ordained at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth on 15th June 1969.
He served as a bishop for six years, from July 2010. In October 2016 he retired for health reasons.
Gary Carville, spokesman for the Clogher Diocese, said Bishop MacDaid had served the people of the diocese as a teacher, a leader in the field of education, as a diocesan official and as bishop.
“Above all, he has served countless people as a priest and it is this priestly ministry which the people of the diocese and his many friends will celebrate and give thanks for on 14th July,” Dr Carville said.
The much-loved bishop, who will be 74 on 19th July, is by no means the longest serving cleric in the Clogher Diocese, which covers all of Co Monaghan, most of Fermanagh, and portions of Tyrone, Donegal, Louth and Cavan.
That honour belongs to Msgr Gerard McSorley, who celebrated his 90th birthday on 1st June this year and who used the occasion to also celebrate his 65th year of service as an ordained priest.