It was announced today that the Episcopal Electoral College for Limerick & Killaloe meeting in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin has elected the Revd Canon Dr Kenneth Kearon as the new Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe. He succeeds The Right Revd Trevor Williams who retired at the end of July this year.
Canon Kearon is Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, a position he has held since 2005. Born in 1953, Canon Kearon is a native of Dublin. Educated at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), he served his curacy in All Saints Raheny and St John’s Coolock, before becoming Dean of Residence at TCD in 1984, a position he held until 1990. He was Rector of the Parish of Tullow (Dublin) from 1991 to 1999 after which he became Director of the Irish School of Ecumenics (1999-2005). Dr Kearon is a Canon of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin and an Honorary Provincial Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral London and St George’s Cathedral Jerusalem.
The Most Revd Dr Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, said, ‘Canon Kearon has expressed his delight at returning to work in Ireland and his intention to serve the people of Limerick and Killaloe and the communities of which they are a part. I have known Canon Kearon for many years and have always appreciated his personal friendship. I wish Kenneth and Jennifer all that is best within the love of God in their time in Limerick and Killaloe.’
Following approval by the House of Bishops, the bishop-elect will be consecrated as a bishop on a date to be determined.