Two Tipperary exiles became the latest priests to be inducted as Canons of the Clifton Diocese.
Fathers Liam Slattery and Richard Dwyer were installed at a special Mass presided over by Cork City native Mgr Richard Twomey, the Provost of the Chapter at the Cathedral Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Bristol.
The induction ceremony followed the long-standing tradition where both men professed their faith and formally acknowledged their acceptance of the Chapter statutes before a congregation made up of family and friends.
The process was then completed as the two new Canons enrobed in purple velvet capes trimmed with white fur.
Watching over the ceremony was Bishop of Clifton, Declan Lang, whose mother came from Newry, Co. Down and whose father emigrated from Killucan, Co. Westmeath
Canons Slattery and Dwyer now entitled to wear cassocks trimmed with red stitching and buttons.
Dundrum native Canon Liam Slattery, 49, was ordained in his native Tipperary in 1988 and spent the first two years of his priesthood as a College chaplain in Limerick.
He transferred to the Clifton Diocese in 1990 and spent three years attached to the Cathedral Parish before coming to Swindon. After four years as a curate he became parish priest at St Mary’s in March 1997. He then moved to St Peter’s in Gloucester 12 months ago.
Canon Richard Dwyer, 58, has his roots in Rossmore and was ordained in Bristol in 1980. During his 31 years as a priest he has served at parishes in Bristol, Cheltenham, Calne and Taunton – as well as spending a year in Belgium.
He is currently Parish Priest at St Joseph’s in Tewkesbury.