Pope Francis appoints Father Ger Nash as the new Bishop of Ferns

His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Father Ger Nash, a priest of the Diocese of Killaloe, as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Ferns.  The news of this Episcopal appointment will be made public this morning at 11.00am Irish time (12.00pm in the Vatican).

Following this announcement, Mass will be celebrated at 12.00pm today in the Cathedral of Saint Aidan, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, and livestreamed on https://www.staidanscathedral.ie/our-parish/webcam/

Link to announcement:


Gerard Nash was born on 27 February 1959 at Glandree in the parish of Tulla, Co Clare.  His parents Tommy and Mary are deceased and he has two sisters, Teresa and Margaret.  His sister Bernie died in 2008.  He went to the local primary school in Drumcharley and then to secondary school in Tulla.  After the Leaving Certificate he studied business and then worked in manufacturing industry for a number of years.  After choosing to study for the Diocese of Killaloe in Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he was ordained on 15 June 1991 in Drumcharley Church, Tulla by Bishop Michael Harty.

After ordination, he was appointed as chaplain/teacher in Roscrea Vocational School and as priest responsible for Roscrea Youth Centre.  In 1996, he was appointed as General Manager of Clarecare, which provides a range of social services to the people of County Clare.  From 1996 he was also assistant priest in Corofin.  In 2003, he was appointed as resident priest in Corofin and part of the first grouping of parishes in the Diocese of Killaloe.  The newly created area was called Imeall Boirne.  In 2007, he moved to Crusheen, also within the Imeall Boirne Pastoral Area.  Father Nash was appointed Diocesan Secretary in 2010, while continuing to minister in Imeall Boirne.  In 2016, he was appointed Director of Pastoral Development for the Diocese of Killaloe.

Address by Bishop-elect Ger Nash on his appointment as Bishop of Ferns:


Bishop Denis Brennan welcomes the appointment by Pope Francis of Father Ger Nash as Bishop of Ferns:


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  1. Eddie Finnegan says:

    Soline@2, Ger Nash (just like Jorge Bergoglio) will get used to the wee bits of ‘clarification’ here and there. By 2034 Ger’ll be able to assure the Clare Champion that they were right after all and that women in mitres would look very well indeed. What Michael Kelly will make of it is another question entirely.

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