Bishop Nulty appointed Apostolic Administrator of Ossory

Published on February 2, 2021

Most Rev. Denis Nulty, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, has been appointed Apostolic Administrator of Ossory by Pope Francis.

Bishop Nulty was born in Slane, County Meath on 7 June 1963 to parents Den Nulty and Nan Balfe. He is the youngest of five children, with two brothers and two sisters. The family farm was the home where Denis and his siblings were reared.

He attended Primary School at Saint Patrick’s National School, Slane and Secondary School at Saint Patrick’s Classical School, Navan, completing the Leaving Certificate exam in 1981.

Denis entered the seminary at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth in September 1981, completing a BA in 1984 and a BD in 1987.

He was ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Meath in Saint Patrick’s Church, Slane on 12 June 1988 by Bishop Michael Smith in the presence of Bishop John McCormack.

In September 1988 Bishop Smith appointed Father Denis as Curate in the Cathedral Parish at Mullingar where he served for ten years until 1998. In August 1998 Bishop Smith appointed Father Denis as Parish Priest of Saint Mary’s, Drogheda where he remained up until his Episcopal appointment to Kildare & Leighlin (August 2013)

In 2006 Father Denis followed a course of study in All Hallows College, Dublin, leading to an MA in Management for the Pastoral and Voluntary Services being awarded by DCU.

In September 2006 Bishop Smith appointed Father Denis as Vicar Forane for the Duleek Deanery which comprises seven parishes. Father Denis was Chairperson of the Council of Priests in the Diocese of Meath for past eight years prior to his appointment as Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin.

Bishop Denis Nulty was ordained Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin on 4th August 2013 in Carlow Cathedral.

Bishop Nulty will preside over Evening Prayer in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny at 7.00pm on this Tuesday evening, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord.  You can join in the prayers on the following link: