Statement of Archbishop Neary on the retirement of Bishop Henderson

Statement of Archbishop Michael Neary on the retirement of Bishop Richard Henderson, Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry to take up a new post in the diocese of Carlisle, Church of England.

Since 1998, we here in Ireland have been privileged to know and work closely with Bishop Richard Henderson. His departure to assume a new ministry in the diocese of Carlisle will be mourned, not only by his own people in the Church of Ireland but also by the faithful and clergy of our own Church.

He combined a very keen intellect with a wonderfully warm personality. As a scientist he was acutely aware of the importance of the dialogue between science and theology.

He combined word and witness in a most attractive way and this made him a very effective communicator of Christ’s message.

Ecumenism has been a very significant part of his ministry. This gentle, joyful and very reflective Bishop has been a great source of inspiration to all of us. I take this opportunity to wish him every blessing in his new responsibilities.

+ Michael Neary
Archbishop of Tuam

November 26th, 2010

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