|Biography of Bishop Leo O'Reilly|
He was a member of the staff in St Patrick's College until 1976 when he went to Rome to do further studies. He served on the staff of the Irish College from 1978 until 1980. Having received a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University in 1981 he was appointed chaplain to Bailieboro Community School.
In 1988 he went to the diocese of Minna in Nigeria and later joined the staff of the National Missionary Seminary of St Paul at Abuja. He returned to Kilmore in 1995 and was appointed parish priest of Castletara (Ballyhaise).
Bishop Leo was ordained Coadjutor Bishop of Kilmore on 2nd February 1998 and installed as Bishop of Kilmore on 15th November, 1998.
The Coat of Arms
The armorial bearings of the O'Reilly family have been modified and combined with the diocesan coat of arms. The central features of the latter are the mitre and crozier, which symbolise the pastoral office of the bishop.
In the O'Reilly arms two lions rampant support the red hand of Ulster with three drops of blood beneath. The hand has been replaced by a book, representing the word of God, while the three drops of blood have been retained as a eucharistic symbol.
The Motto: 'Veritas Liberabit Vos' (The truth will set you free) is from St John's Gospel (8:32).