Death of retired Bishop of Ossory, Bishop Seamus Freeman SAC

Published on August 21, 2022

Bishop Seamus Freeman SAC, R.I.P.

23.02.1944 – 20.08.2022

 

From Bishop Nulty’s reflection on the death of Bishop Freeman…

Bishop Freeman served the Church faithfully for many years including in his worldwide leadership of the Pallotine Order, as a parish priest in Rome and here in Ireland as Bishop of Ossory (2007 – 2016). His deep care for each person he encountered, his interest in the areas of pastoral renewal and faith formation were to the fore throughout his ministry.

During his time here in Ossory he facilitated the realisation of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan and placed a great emphasis on the role of lay people responding to their baptismal call. He worked tirelessly for the restoration of our beautiful Cathedral Chapter House and surrounding campus. This work, which continues, has served to enhance the faith life of the Diocese and remains as a fitting piece of the legacy that he leaves behind. All of us will remember Bishop Freeman as a kind and gentle pastor as we hold his family, friends and his Pallotine brothers and the priests of Ossory in our prayers in the days to come.

May he rest now in the peace of the Lord.