Monsignor set to cover for Bishop

Monsignor Aidan Hamill who will administer the Dromore Diocese next year. INLM4612-214
Monsignor Aidan Hamill who will administer the Dromore Diocese next year. INLM4612-214

MONSIGNOR Aidan Hamill from Lurgan will administer the Dromore Diocese during the leave of absence of Bishop John McAreavey.

The Parish priest at St Peter’s and St Paul’s will step into the role from February to September next year.

Bishop McAreavey is taking the sabbatical to ‘recharge’ following the pain he suffered after the murder of his nephew’s wife Michaela McAreavey.

Monsignor Hamill said there would be a certain amount of extra duties but that the administration systems were in place and it should not be a burdenous task.

“The Bishop has decided he needed a break and we all have to respect that and support him in every way we can,” said Monsignor Hamill.

“We wish him well and look forward to him coming back refreshed.”

Dr McAreavey had officiated at the wedding of his nephew John and Michaela, daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte.

Michaela was murdered while on honeymoon in Mauritius in January 2011.

Dr McAreavey said: “In recent times, along with my family, I have experienced great sadness and tragedy.”

He said it had been a traumatic time for the Harte and McAleavey families.

He revealed that will travel to the Holy Land during the sabbatical.

“What I hope is that there will be the minimum of disruption,” he added. “I look forward to this time of prayer, study and renewal and to returning to continue my ministry as Bishop of Dromore in September 2013.”