New bishop announced for Diocese of Raphoe

Father Alan McGuckian, a Jesuit priest, will be the new Bishop of Raphoe, which covers most of County Donegal.

In making the announcement in the past few minutes, the Catholic Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin, spoke of the new bishop’s background in education and communications, as well as in pastoral planning and development with the Diocese of Down and Connor,

Father McGuckian was born in 1953, the youngest of six children of the late Brian and Pauline McGuckian in Cloughmills, Co Antrim.

Two of his brothers, Fathers Bernard and Michael are also Jesuit priests.