Fr Michael McCabe SMA, Provincial Leader, issued the following statement following the appointment of Bishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA as Archbishop of Cashel and Emly:
“On behalf of the Irish Province of the Society of African Missions (SMA), I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Bishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA on his appointment as the new Archbishop of Cashel and Emly. We feel deeply honoured that Pope Francis has chosen him for this important office of Leadership in the Irish Church.
Along with his many personal gifts, Bishop Kieran brings a wealth of missionary, pastoral and administrative experience to his new role. As Superior General of the SMA for nine years, he guided the Society during a time of unprecedented change and development. For the past four years, as Bishop of Killaloe Diocese, he has become familiar with the particular challenges facing the Irish Church at the present time.
I take this opportunity to wish Bishop Kieran abundant blessings as he undertakes this new responsibility in the service of the Irish Church and assure him of the prayers and support of the members of the Province and the wider family of SMA supporters.”