The Bishop of Derry, Dr Donal McKeown has announced a number of changes in the Derry Diocese.

The changes are as follows:

Rev Chris Ferguson, CC Glendermott and Strathfoyle and Chaplain to the hospitals in Derry City, on relinquishing these appointments to become Diocesan Vocations Director and Priest in Residence Three Patrons Parish.

Rev Sean O’Donnell, CC Glendermott and Strathfoyle, in addition to be nominated for appointment as Chaplain to the hospitals in Derry City.

Rev Ignacy Saniuta of the Diocese of Vitebsk (Belarus) to be CC Drumragh and Chaplain to the Polish speaking community in the diocese.

Rev Kevin Mulhern SMA CC Three Patrons to be nominated to join the Chaplaincy team at Magilligan Prison.

Rev Declan McGeehan, Deacon, to minister in Cappagh parish.

Rev James Devine, CC Limavady to spend a year with the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.

Rev Patrick Mullan CC Faughanvale and Lower Cumber to retire and continue to reside in the parish.

Rev Eugene Boland, having previously stepped aside from public ministry in 2014, has accepted the outcome of the process initiated at that time and has retired into restricted ministry.

He will continue to assist in a capacity compatible with the restriction applied to this ministry.

The Bishop added: "It would be important for us to keep in our prayers all those who will be engaged with changes in the coming weeks."

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