Bishop Christopher Jones R.I.P.


Bishop Kevin Doran and the Diocese of Elphin are sad to announce the death tonight of Bishop Christopher Jones.

Statement by Bishop Kevin Doran on death of Bishop Christopher Jones – RIP

“This is a sad day for all of us in the Diocese of Elphin as the news has broken of the death of our Bishop Emeritus, Christopher Jones. I offer my personal sympathies and prayers to his sister Eileen and to all his extended family, and also to the priests, sisters and deacons and all who worked closely with him in the Diocese. I also want to express my grateful appreciation to all who cared for Bishop Christy so well during his long illness.

The death of Bishop Christy is like the loss of a grandparent. Up to the time of his retirement in July 2014, he worked tirelessly in the service of God and of the people of God, in this Diocese and further afield. He will be remembered by many for the way in which he put flesh on the Gospel through his care for and friendship with those who were poor and most at risk in our society.

Since his retirement Bishop Christy has been a discrete presence in the Diocese. He accepted courageously the loss of four of his sisters over the past four years and the loss of his own energies through ill health.

In recent months especially, he appreciated very much the short visits from colleagues and friends who kept him up to date on all that was happening in the Diocese and in the nation. May he now experience the friendship of Jesus Christ and of all the saints, especially Saints Eithne and Fidelma, Saint Asicus and all the many holy men and women of our own Diocese who have gone ahead of him”.

Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.