- Patrick Walsh (Bishop)
The Most Reverend
Dr Patrick Walsh
religion = Catholic
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See = Diocese of Down and Connor|
Title = Bishop Emeritus of Down and Connor
15 May 1983Predecessor = Cahal Daly
25 February 1956
bishops = Ros Cré (titular) 1983-1991| post = President of St Malachy's College 1970-1983| date of birth = Birth date and age|1931|4|9|df=y
place of birth =
Cobh, Republic of Ireland|
Patrick Joseph Walsh (born
9 April 1931), is an Irish prelateof the Roman Catholic Churchand from 1991until 2008he was the 31st Bishopof Down & Connor. Dr Walsh was born in 1931 at Cobh, Republic of Ireland. When he was 11 years old, he and his family moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Secondary Educationat St Marys CBGS Belfast, where he was an outstanding student and received distinction in his Senior Leaving Certificate in English, Latin, Irish, Maths, Additional Maths, Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Calculusand Chemistry.
In 1948 he was the Winner of a State Exhibition (Scientific), Senior Leaving Certificate and Winner of a State Exhibition (Literary), Senior Leaving Certificate and was awarded 2
University Scholarshipsfor both exhibitions.
St. Malachy's Collegeas a seminarianand attended Queen's University, Belfast. During Philosphystudies at Queen's he was taught by the future Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Cahal Daly. He then studied Theologyat the Pontifical Lateran University, Romeand completed a Licentiate in Sacred Theologyand was ordained priest on 25 February 1956. He then completed a M.Sc. in Mathematics at Christ's College, Cambridgeand subsequently another M.Sc. from Queen’s University, Belfast.He was assigned as a Mathematicsteacher at St MacNissi’s College, Garron Tower from 1958-64. He was then Chaplain at Queen’s University, Belfastfrom 1964–1970.
He is widely seen as a traditionalist in his approach to the Liturgy, Theology and Morality/Ethics but would like to be seen as sympathetic to the struggle in peoples' day to day living. During the
Troubleshe made a point of visiting some victims' families and consoling the bereaved.
President of St. Malachy's College
In 1970 he was appointed
Presidentof St. Malachy's College.
His term as President of St Malachy's was seen as a "reign of terror" for some students. His strict running was felt by both students and staff alike. TV presenter
Eamonn Holmes, a past-pupil of St Malachy's, spoke about how Dr Walsh had no alternative but to be strict because of the increasing violence of the time ( Troubles). He spoke of his experiences of 1970s Belfastand a run in with his Headmaster:
"Canon Walsh, as he was known then, made no allowance for the disruptions. I remember doing my homework listening to riots going on outside and bullets flying. Your bus might have been hijacked by masked gunmen and burnt in the middle of the road or you might have been detained by the police – but the school gates closed at 9.15am and if you came in at 20 past he would say, looking like Batman in his robes, "You have a detention, Holmes, for three hours on Saturday morning." I don't think he had any alternative, otherwise you'd find an excuse for everything. Inside the college, it was a complete oasis."
Today he is
Chairmanof the Board of Governorsfor St. Malachy's College.
In 1983, with Dr Anthony Farquhar he was appointed
Auxiliary Bishopof The Diocese of Down and Connor and was consecrated on the 15th May by Bishop Cahal Daly, Archbishop Gaetano Alibrandiand BishopWilliam Philbin. He was given the Titular Seeof Ros Cré. His Episcopal Motto is 'Ex Animo Operari', to work with one's heart (Col 3:24).
In 1991, on the elevation of the then
Bishopof Down & Connor Cahal Dalyas Archbishop of Armagh, Dr Walsh became the 31st Bishopof Down & Connor.
He was succeeded by Monsignor Noel Treanor on
22 February 2008.
The criticisms of Walsh are often linked with his reputation as a "headmasterly" figure and his methods of running his
Diocesewere often reguarded as like the way he ran St Malachy's.
He is a member of the
Irish Bishops Conferenceon Bioethicsand Chairmanon Culture.
The Most Reverend
* [http://www.downandconnor.org Diocese of Down & Connor]
* [http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bwalshpj.html Patrick J Walsh on Catholic Hierarchy]
* [http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2007/11/ranjith-speaks-episcopal-rebellion.html Comments by Secretary of the Congrgation for Divine Worship on disobedience by bishops]
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