Bishop's praise for departing curate
The Bishop of Ferns, Dr Brendan Comiskey, has praised one of the highest profile curates in the Diocese, who has left his parish on 'administrative leave'.
The Bishop said he was sure that the people of Ballymurn would join him in thanking Fr Sean Fortune and expressing appreciation for all the good which he had accomplished.
Dr Comiskey made his remarks in a letter read at weekend masses in Ballymurn by the Parish Priest of Crossabeg, Fr Michael McCarthy.
The congregation was told that Fr Fortune had sought to be relieved of his post and would not be returning to Ballymurn.
Fr Fortune has been one of the highest profile curates in the diocese, being very involved in many activities including adult education and further studies.
He was also closely associated with the broadcasting media and presented many programmes on South East Radio for the Christian Media Trust.
In Ballymurn itself, he established several new committees and was responsible for securing substantial FAS funding for the area.
In the absence of a full-time curate in Ballymurn the Parish Priest, Fr McCarthy, is to take over directly as administrator of all matters, spiritual and temporal, pertaining to the Ballymurn curacy.