Séamus Freeman

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Séamus Freeman, S.A.C. (23 February 1944) is the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Ossory who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on 14 September 2007.

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Freeman is the eldest of eight children, his family moved to Callan, County Kilkenny where he attended school. After his education he entered the Pallottines in Thurles, County Tipperary, he studied Theology at St. Patrick's College, Thurles, and Philosophy at University College Dublin.[1] He was ordained to the priesthood on 12 June 1971. He continued his education in the Catholic University of America where he studied psychology.

He then went to Rome where he worked for his Religious Society. In 1981 he was appointed as rector and director of formation of the Pallottines in Thurles. He remained in Thurles until 1989 when he was appointed as the Vicar General of the Society, becoming its Rector General in 1992, in this capacity he served two six-year terms. In October 2004 he was appointed parish priest in Rome. In December 2005 he was elected President of the General Coordination Council of the Union of Catholic Apostolate.

On hearing the news of the appointment of Freeman, Archbishop Martin said that:"He is an exceptionally warm and kind man who I'm sure will quickly win the affection of the diocese. His genuine humility hides a deep spirituality and the breath of his pastoral experience".

He was ordained to the episcopate and installed on 2 December 2007. The Principal Consecrator was the Metropolitan Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, while the principal Co-Consecrators were Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, Apostolic Nuncio and Bishop Laurence Forristal the Bishop Emeritus of Ossory.[2]

In December 2010 Bishop Freeman said of the Pastoral Letter of Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland that "There was widespread disappointment among the faithful that in the pope’s and that "sex abuse was not seen as a symptom of shortcomings in church structure". He noted that there was "disappointment that child sex abuse was not seen as a symptom of shortcomings in church structure and function in the Pope’s letter" and that people "observed there was no critique of the role of the Vatican, and little or no acknowledgment of the exclusion of lay people from roles in which they can contribute".[3]

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Preceded by
Laurence Forristal
Bishop of Ossory
2007–present
Incumbent