Kilmore Diocesan Appointments 2015



Bishop Leo O’Reilly has announced the appointments of clergy in the diocese of Kilmore. 

Unless otherwise stated the appointments take effect on 1 September 2015.


Bishop O’Reilly has appointed Monsignor Liam Kelly, P.P. Kill-Drung as Vicar General of the Diocese of Kilmore. Monsignor Kelly takes up his position as Vicar General on 1st September 2015 upon the retirement of Monsignor Michael Cooke who has been Vicar General since September 2001.

Monsignor Liam Kelly, MA, BD, HDE is a native of Aughawillan, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim.  He was ordained priest in 1978. He has spent many years in school ministry and has served as curate in several parishes.   He was Director of Parish Development and Renewal in the diocese from 1995 and later Coordinator of Jubilee Celebrations in 1999-2000. Since then he has served as parish priest of Denn and is currently parish priest of Kill-Drung.

Monsignor Kelly is a well-known author and historian who has published many articles and several books. He continues to research and write on historical subjects and is currently engaged in work on the history of the diocese of Kilmore from 1100 up to 1800.  

Bishop  O’Reilly has appointed two priests from Nigeria to parishes in the diocese of Kilmore among this year’s new clerical appointments . Both priests are members of the Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria. They are the first Nigerian priests to receive appointments in the diocese.

Fr Addison Okpeh was ordained for the Missionary Society of St Paul in 1997 . He served for several years in Lagos, Nigeria and is currently serving in the diocese of Southwark in England. Fr Addison has been appointed as curate in Shercock in the parish of Killann. He will take up his appointment on 1st October.

Fr Peter Okpetu was ordained in 2014. He has served since then in a large suburban parish on the outskirts of Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria. Fr Peter has been appointed curate in Cavan. He is due to take up his appointment early in September.

We warmly welcome both priests to our diocese and wish them every blessing and happiness in their ministry here.

Fr Enda Murphy, a priest of the diocese of Kilmore, has been appointed by the Vatican Secretariat of State to serve in the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments of the Roman Curia. Fr Murphy is a native of Derrylin, Co Fermanagh. He studied at Queen’s University, Belfast, the Gregorian University in Rome and, more recently, at the Pontifical Athenaeum of St Anselm in Rome where he received a Doctorate degree in Liturgy. Bishop O’Reilly was asked by  Cardinal Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation, to release Fr Murphy to work in the Congregation for Liturgy in order to assist in the renewal of the Roman Curia by Pope Francis.

We wish Fr Murphy every blessing in his new ministry of service to the universal Church.


The full list of diocesan appointments is below.


Monsignor Liam Kelly, P.P. Kill-Drung to be Vicar General of the Diocese of Kilmore. 

Reverend Bernard Doyle, resident priest Kiltyclogher to retire.

Monsignor Michael Cooke, Parish Priest Annagh and Vicar General to retire.

Reverend Thomas Keogan Parish Priest Kinlough/Glenade to retire as parish priest and to be Administrator, Kinlough/Glenade.

Reverend John Murphy who was on sabbatical leave to be curate in Kill-Drung.

Reverend Eamonn Bredin to be resident priest Drumkilly

Reverend Oliver O’Reilly C.C. Shercock to be P.P. Kildallan.

Reverend Eamonn Lynch, P.P. Kildallan to go on sabbatical leave and to be P.P. Killinkere from 1st February 2016.

Reverend John McTiernan, P.P. Dromahaire to be P.P. Belturbet.

Reverend Anthony Fagan P.P. Killinkere to be P.P. Dromahaire.

Reverend Enda Murphy, Director of Pastoral Services and Youth Ministry has been appointed to the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments of the Roman Curia.

Reverend Ultan McGoohan C.C. Cavan to go on study leave.

Reverend Addison Okpeh Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria (MSP) to be C.C. Shercock from 1st October 2015.

Reverend Peter Okpetu Missionary Society of St Paul, Nigeria  to be C.C. Cavan.

Reverend Michael Gilsenan SSCC (Sacred Heart Father) to be curate in Maudabawn from 1st December 2015.


Leo O’Reilly

Bishop of Kilmore.


1 August 2015