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Auxiliary Bishop Francis Lagan

On Thursday 6th May, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Most Reverend Francis Lagan, Titular Bishop of Sidnacestre and Auxiliary Bishop to the Bishop of Derry as he has reached the age limit when bishops retire.

Bishop Francis was born 31st October, 1934 at Lisnamuck, Maghera and was ordained a priest on 19th June, 1960 at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. His ministry in the diocese began with teaching appointments at Saint Columb’s College, Derry (1961-1963), Carndonagh College (1963-1973), and Carndonagh Community School (1973-1977). He served as a curate in Strabane (1977-1982) and as Administrator at St. Mary’s Parish, Creggan in Derry City (1982-1988) when he became the Auxiliary Bishop in our diocese (20th March, 1988).

He has become well known to us during his episcopal ministry, visiting us ten times to Confirm 213 of our young parishioners in their faith. We thank him for his ministry to our local church in this parish and to our diocese and wish him every blessing for continued good health in retirement, a warm welcome is open anytime he wishes to visit with us again.

Parishioners wishing to send personal greetings may write to him at the address in the diocesan directory:
9 Glen Road, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, BT82 8BX

   
Saturday 18th August, 2007 Fr. John J. Ryder P. Em, Fr. Mark Monaghan SMA (native of Omagh and missionary in Nigeria, West Africa), Auxiliary Bishop Francis Lagan, Fr. Eugene Hasson and Monsignor Danny Monaghan SMA (native of Omagh and missionary in Nigeria, West Africa) at the installation of Fr. Hasson as 12th Parish Priest of Greencastle.  

 
Saturday 17th June, 2006 Fr. John J. Ryder is joined by Auxiliary Bishop Francis Lagan, Bishop Edward Daly, Fr. Francis Bradley, Fr. Francis Murray, Fr. James McCrory at St. Patrick's Church on the day of his Golden Jubilee.   Saturday 17th June, 2006 Fr. John J. Ryder with Auxiliary Bishop Francis Lagan and Bishop Edward Daly on the day of his Golden Jubilee.