Anthony Farquhar


Anthony Farquhar

Anthony J. Farquhar D.D. S.T.L. B.A. popularly known as Bishop Tony, is Catholic titular bishop of Hermiana, and Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of Down and Connor. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 6 1940 in the Parish of the Most Holy Rosary, Ormeau Road. He is also a fanatical Dundee United fan.

Career

He was educated at St. Malachy's College, Belfast; Queen’s University, Belfast; Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 13 March, 1965.

From 1965-66 he was Assistant Priest at Dunsford and Ardglass Parish. Then he was a Hospital Chaplain in 1966. He was then assigned to be a Teacher at St MacNissi’s College, Garron Tower 1966-70. From 1970-75 he was Assistant Chaplain to Queen’s University, Belfast and finally a Chaplain/Lecturer at New University of Ulster from 1975-83.

Bishop

On 6 April, 1983, he was appointed titular Bishop of Hermiana and, with Canon Patrick Walsh, Auxiliary Bishop of Down & Connor. The Principal Consecrator was the Bishop of Down and Connor, Cahal Daly, (now Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Armagh) and Principal Co-Consecrators were Archbishop Gaetano Alibrandi, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland and Bishop William J. Philbin (Bishop Emeritus of Down and Connor). His Episcopal Motto is 'Sapientia Proficere', to increase in wisdom (Luke 2:52).

He is currently Chairman of the Irish Bishops Conference on Ecumenism.

Recently

He was one of the Bishops that travelled to Rome for their Quinquennial Visit Ad Limina visit in October 2006.In December 2007 he officiated at the dedication of the new Altar in the Church of the Good Shepherd in his native Parish of the Most Holy Rosary, Belfast following the renovation programme.

A new book titled "Inter-Church Relations: Developments and Perspectives" has been published by Veritas to mark the 25th anniversary of his ordination as a bishop.

In it, a number of distinguished contributors have praised Tony Farquhar’s work, including the Roman Catholic Primate Cardinal Sean Brady who notes that he was “engaged actively in promoting bonds of friendship and understanding at times when it has been far from easy to do so”.

References

* [http://www.downandconnor.org Diocese of Down & Connor]
* [http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bfarquhar.html Anthony Farquhar on Catholic Hierarchy]


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