Monsignor Liam Kelly was elected as the Diocesan Administrator for the Diocese of Kilmore at a meeting of the College of Consultors held on Wednesday 2 January 2019 in the Diocesan Pastoral Centre in Cavan.
As Diocesan Administrator, Monsignor Kelly will have responsibility for administering the day-to-day affairs of the Diocese of Kilmore until a new Bishop is appointed by Pope Francis. In his role as Administrator he will also attend meetings of the Irish Bishops’ Conference.
Monsignor Kelly is a native of County Leitrim. He was educated in Saint Patrick’s College, Cavan and Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. He was ordained a priest for the diocese of Kilmore in 1978 and since then has taught in Saint Aidan’s Comprehensive School, Cootehill and Saint Patrick’s College, Cavan and has ministered in several parishes in County Cavan. He was appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Kilmore in 2015. He is a noted historian and has written several books, his most recent one being The Diocese of Kilmore c,1100-1800 which was published in 2017. He is currently editing, along with Dr Brendan Scott, a book on the history of Leitrim which is due out later in 2019.
Monsignor Kelly will continue to minister as parish priest of Kilsherdany and Drung.