Michael Smith (bishop)
|His Most Reverned, Dr.
|Bishop of Meath|
|Ordination||9 March 1963
by Cardinal Traglia, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano
|Parents||Mr. Smith and Mrs. Julia Smith|
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Michael Smith (born 6 June 1940) is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Meath, Ireland. He was ordained priest in the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran on 9 March 1963 by Cardinal Traglia, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano. He celebrated his first mass on 10 March 1963 in the Clementine Chapel, located under the Altar at Papal Basilica of Saint Peter.
He was born in Oldcastle, County Meath, the son of Julia Tuite and Mr. Smith. Having studied for the priesthood at the Irish College in Rome, he was ordained a priest for the diocese on 9 March 1963. Continuing his studies in Rome he earned a doctorate in canon law. He attended all 168 days of the Second Vatican Council for which he and 41 other young priests prepared the official record, having been appointed as a recording secretary to the Council immediately after his ordination as a priest. Returning from Rome he served in the Cathedral Parish of Mullingar, as chaplain to St Loman's Hospital and as secretary to the bishop.
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Grace|
He was appointed auxiliary bishop of the diocese and Titular Bishop of Leges on 17 November 1983 and was consecrated on 29 January 1984. The principal consecrator was Tomás Cardinal Ó Fiaich; his principal co-consecrators were Archbishop Gaetano Alibrandi, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, and Cahal Daly, Bishop of the Diocese of Down and Connor.
In his years as Bishop of Meath he served as secretary to the Irish Bishops' Conference and was actively involved in Church matters. Regarded as a traditional bishop he is well respected both by the people of his diocese and those in public life.
In October 2006 he travelled to Rome with the other bishops of Ireland for their five-yearly ad limina visit to the Pope.
|Consecrated by:||Tomás Ó Fiaich|
- Smith, Michael (2006). "An Eyewitness Account". In Dermot Lane; Brendan Leahy. Vatican II: Facing the 21st Century. Dublin: Veritas. ISBN 9781847300126. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
In all, forty-two students drawn from the seminaries in Rome were invited to take part, the majority of them Italian.
- appointments of Bishop Michael Smith