The newly ordained Bishop of Elphin Dr Kevin Doran sought help to address the shortage of vocations at his ordination on Sunday.
He asked his parishioners to help by identifying six suitable candidates for the priesthood from among their own families and communities between now and Easter.
“Will you find one suitable candidate for priesthood in each deanery between now and Easter and invite him to contact me or one of the members of the vocations team,” he said.
Bishop Doran repeated his view that legislation to allow same-sex marriage would undermine traditional marriage. Asked whether he anticipated a collision between Church and State on this issue, he said he hoped there would not be, but common sense suggested “we will not agree on everything”.
The ordination was attended by over 1,000 parishioners and clergymen at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Sligo.
In recent times he lectured at the Milltown Institute in Dublin.
He was parish priest at Glendalough from 2005 to 2009 and he was appointed in 2008 as secretary general of the International Eucharistic Congress which took place in Dublin in 2012. Last year he was appointed administrator in Donnybrook parish.
For more see our Thursday edition of the Donegal Democrat.