Archbishop Michael Neary

Archbishop Michael Neary was born 15 April 1946 in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. He received his early education at St. Patrick’s Boys National School, Castlebar and St. Jarlath’s College, Tuam. He then studied at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth and was ordained to the priesthood on 15 June 1971.

Earning a doctorate in Divinity in 1975, he served as a curate in Belclare for one year, before being appointed to the staff at the Presentation College, Headford. From 1978 to 1981, he furthered his studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, earning a licentiate of Sacred Scripture; during that time he was also spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College. On his return he joined the staff at Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, and served as a curate in Moylough.

In 1982 he was appointed lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, becoming professor of New Testament in 1991. On 20 May 1992, Archbishop Michael Neary was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Tuam and Titular Bishop of Quaestoriana by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on the following 13 September from Archbishop Joseph Cassidy, with Archbishops Emanuele Gerada and Joseph Cunnane serving as co-consecrators. He was named Archbishop of Tuam on 17 January 1995.