The Episcopal Ordination of Monsignor Paul Tighe took place on Saturday at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He was ordained by Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin..
Pope Francis had appointed the Dublin priest titular Bishop of Drivastrum and Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture last December.
Among those con-celebrating the Mass in St Peter’s Basilica was Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin and Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All Ireland.
Archbishop of Armagh, Archbishop Eamon Martin, sent him a congratulatory message on behalf of the Irish Episcopal Conference saying:
“On behalf of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference I warmly congratulate Bishop Paul Tighe on his episcopal ordination today as titular Bishop of Drivastrum. On this holy occasion I offer Bishop Tighe my good wishes as he prepares to take on his new, important and challenging ministry. As well as being a day of new beginnings, this is also a very happy time for Bishop Tighe’s family members, friends, fellow priests and colleagues. He brings to his new role a wealth of pastoral experience as: a lecturer in Moral Theology, a parish chaplain, director of the Communications and Public Affairs Office of the Archdiocese of Dublin and, more recently, as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.”
“I wish Bishop Tighe every blessing in the years to come and assure him of my prayerful support.”
During his homily, Cardinal Parolin said, “With his exemplary behavior and his teaching, he is called to be a sign of divine mercy, to give rise to a yearning for a life inspired by the Gospel and lived in fraternity.”
“A bishop is called to enter into the patience of God, to take care of the most difficult situations and to never despair, not even of those people who seem furthest off,” the cardinal added.
The new Bishop was filled with emotions as he gave his vote of thanks at the end of Mass he said, “The original blessing of my life has been and is a great sense of God’s love and closeness to me.” That experience, he said, is symbolized by the anchor he chose to have on his coat of arms.
Bishop Paul Tighe was born on the 12th of February 1958. He completed his secondary education at Summerhill College, Sligo and graduated from UCD in 1979 with a degree in civil Law. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1983.
While he was named Director of the Communications Office of Dublin Diocese in 2004, he was given the title Monsignor by the Pope Emeritus in January 2007 and in November of 2007 he was also appointed Secretary of the Vatican’s Council for Social Communications by Pope Benedict.