Brendan Leahy

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Brendan Leahy
Bishop of Limerick
Diocese Limerick
See Limerick
Appointed 10 January 2013
Installed 14 April 2013
Predecessor Donal Brendan Murray
Ordination 5 June 1986
by Kevin McNamara
Consecration 14 April 2013
by Dermot Clifford
Personal details
Born (1960-03-28) 28 March 1960 (age 58)
Dublin, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Denomination Roman Catholic
Alma mater University College Dublin, Mater Dei Institute of Education, Clonliffe College, King's Inns, Pontifical Gregorian University

Brendan Leahy (28 March 1960– ) is an Irish prelate of the Catholic Church. He has been the Bishop of Limerick since his appointment on 10 January 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI.[1][2]

Born and raised in Dublin in Crumlin and Rathfarnham, his father was a school teacher; Leahy himself went to school at Coláiste Éanna. He was further educated at University College Dublin where he studied law from 1977-1980,[3] Mater Dei Institute of Education 1980-1981, and Clonliffe College 1980-1983, King's Inns. He studied theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1983-1986.[4] He began studying for professional qualifications to be a barrister in 1981, graduating in 1983 and was ordained to the priesthood on 5 June 1986 for the Diocese of Dublin.[5] From 1983-1991 he studied for an STD degree in theology from the Gregorian entitled The Marian Principle in the Church According to Hans Urs Von Balthasar.[6]

An author of a number of publications and books, and a von Balthasar scholar.[7] For eight months, he was curate at Clonskeagh, then was appointed Professor at Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin in 1992 serving until 2006. He was concurrently professor at the diocesan seminary of Holy Cross College, Clonliffe from 1992-1999. In the years 1999-2004 he served as curate in the parish of Lusk.

From 2006 until 2013 he served as a professor of systematic theology at the Pontifical University and National Seminary in St. Patrick's College in Maynooth. Leahy served as chairman of the Diocesan Commission for Ecumenism of the Archdiocese of Dublin and Secretary of the Ecumenical Commission of the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference.

He was ordained a bishop on 14 April 2013 by Archbishop Dermot Clifford.


  1. ^ Duggan, Barry (10 January 2013). "Pope appoints Dublin priest as new Bishop of Limerick". Irish Independent. 
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  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 December 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  4. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Rev. Brendan Leahy Archived 27 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine. - Biography, Maynooth College Website.
  6. ^ NOMINA DEL VESCOVO DI LIMERICK (IRLANDA)[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Rev. Brendan Leahy Veritas Books.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Donal Murray
Bishop of Limerick
Succeeded by