Last Monday, 8th April 2019, it was announced that Pope Francis has appointed Fr Fintan Gavin, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Dublin, as the Bishop-Elect of the Diocese of Cork & Ross to succeed Bishop John Buckley.

Bishop-elect Gavin was born in Dublin on 1st January 1966 and baptised in Saint Andrews Parish, Westland Row, Dublin, on 5 January 1966.  He is the second eldest of seven brothers and sisters.  His family roots are in Marino, Saint Vincent de Paul Parish, on the Northside of Dublin. He played hurling and football with Saint Vincent’s GAA Club, Marino, and was also a member of Marino Athletic Club.  After the completion of his seminary formation in Clonliffe College, Dublin, Bishop-elect Gavin was ordained to serve as a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin on 7th June 1991.

Bishop Gavin is a respected Canon Lawyer and has served on a number of national boards and committees. He also collaborated in the very successful Second Chance Saturday, Vigil Mass for Sunday, for those who had drifted from Church.  This pastoral initiative invites and encourages people to give their faith a second change, reaching out through street ministry and offering social time and hospitality after Mass. He has a keen interest in music and over the past nine years has helped in developing the Gospel Choir in Ballymun Parish. The choir was chosen to lead the liturgical singing during Pope Francis’ meeting with engaged and newly married couples at Saint Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin last August.

We warmly welcome Bishop-elect Gavin to our diocese and to our community. We hope and pray that he will be both blessed and happy in his role as our Bishop and we look forward to welcoming him to the Harbour Parishes over the coming years.  We wish Bishop John Buckley every blessing in his well-deserved retirement and thank him for his ministry to our community.