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"Visionary" Derryman to lead Irish Catholics 19.04.13

A 51-year old Derryman will move a step closer to becoming leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland with his ordination as coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh this Sunday.
Monsignor Eamon Martin will succeed Cardinal Sean Brady who officially retires next year at the age of 75.
A large number of senior clergy, family and friends are expected at the invitation-only ordination ceremony in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, at 3pm.
The new assistant archbishop, who has been caretaker Bishop of Derry since 2011, will greet people on the steps of the cathedral after his ordination.
Good wishes have flowed for the popular clergyman on his elevation to Catholic Primate-in-waiting despite his relatively young age.
His Church of Ireland counterpart in Derry, Bishop Ken Good, described him as a "visionary" with "strong people skills".
"It has been a pleasure to work closely with Monsignor Martin in this city and diocese. In his ministry he combines visionary leadership with strong people skills. His deep, personal faith in Christ is winsome and his openness to working with those of other Christian traditions is refreshing," said Bishop Good.
"I feel sure that his considerable gifts will equip him well for the work to which he has been called in Armagh."
Monsignor Martinís episcopal ring, mitre and crozier will be blessed at vespers in the cathedral on the eve of his ordination.
Monsignor Martin, who was born into a family of 12 in Pennyburn, Derry, was ordained a priest in 1987. He has degrees in mathematical science, theology and philosophy and has taught extensively. He likes walking, gardening and has a keen interest in music, particularly Gregorian chant. He is also a former executive secretary of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference.
One of his first duties as coadjutor archbishop will be to celebrate a public mass of thanksgiving at St Patrick's Cathedral on Monday, April 22, at 7.30pm. The ordination will be streamed live online at www.archdioceseofarmagh.com
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