Statement of Archbishop Michael Neary, Catholic Archbishop of Tuam on the appointment of Dean Patrick Rooke as Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, April 14th, 2011
I warmly welcome the appointment of Right Rev. Patrick Rooke, Dean of Armagh as the newly elected Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry. Having spent the last 33 years working in the North of Ireland I am glad that he will get a chance to minister in the West of Ireland where he has maternal and family roots.
Having had an excellent working relationship with the recently retired Bishop Henderson – I very much look forward to that cordial friendship with the Church of Ireland continuing and to working in close collaboration with Dean Rooke in the future.
Congratulations, best wishes and every grace and blessing to Dean Rooke, to his wife Alison and his children Emily, Nicholas and Susana for many happy years of fruitful ministry in the Western dioceses.
+ Michael Neary
Archbishop of Tuam