|Archbishop of Dublin|
|Appointed||29 December 2020|
|Installed||2 February 2021|
|Ordination||7 June 1980|
|Consecration||11 March 2018|
by Diarmuid Martin
|Birth name||Dermot Pius Farrell|
|Born||22 November 1954|
Castletown Geoghegan, County Westmeath, Republic of Ireland
|Previous post||Bishop of Ossory, President of St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Parish priest of Dunboyne and Kilbride and vicar general of the Diocese of Meath|
|Alma mater||St Finian’s College, Mullingar, St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Pontifical Gregorian University|
|Motto||Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini|
"Our help is in the name of the Lord"
|Coat of arms|
Dermot Pius Farrell KC*HS (born 22 November 1954) is an Irish prelate of the Catholic Church who is the current Archbishop of Dublin. He was vice president of St. Patrick's College in Maynooth from 1993 to 1996 and president from 1996 to 2007. He was Bishop of Ossory from 2018 until 2020.
Early life and education
Farrell was born in Castletown Geoghegan, County Westmeath, on 22 November 1954 and educated at St Finian's College, Mullingar. He earned an honours BSc in 1976 in mathematics and physics at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, now known as Maynooth University. St Patrick's houses both the Pontifical University and the National Seminary for Ireland.
After being ordained a priest of the Diocese of Meath on 7 June 1980, Farrell undertook postgraduate studies in theology at Maynooth. He spent several years as a curate in Mullingar from 1981. From 1985 to 1988 he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University, earning a doctorate with a thesis titled "The Dogmatic Foundations of Bernard Häring’s Thought on Christian Morality as a Sacramental Way of Life". He also served for a year as Director of Formation for the Pontifical Irish College. On his return to Meath in 1988, he was appointed curate in Tullamore. In 1990 he was appointed to the Faculty of Theology at St Patrick's College, Maynooth.
President of St Patrick's College, Maynooth
In 1993, Farrell was appointed Executive Assistant to the president of St Patrick's, a new position. He was appointed Vice-President in 1996 and following the sudden death of Matthew O'Donnell in 1996 was appointed President of St Patrick's College and the National Seminary. He remained president of St. Patrick's when it was separated from the seminary by the Universities Act 1997. Farrell presided over the revision of the formation programme Pastores Dabo Vobis at St Patrick's. He also supervised the renovation of its heritage buildings.
In 2002, following media reports about the 1994 resignation of Maynooth President Micheál Ledwith, Farrell made the circumstances of Ledwith's departure public: that Ledwith had been accused of the sexual abuse of a minor and reached a confidential financial settlement with his accuser.
Farrell retired as President of St. Patrick's Maynooth in 2007.
Service in Meath
Farrell was Parish Priest of Dunboyne, in the Diocese of Meath, from 1 September 2007 to 2018, one of the largest and growing parishes in the diocese. He was Vicar-General of the diocese from 2009 to 2018.
On 3 January 2018, Farrell was appointed Bishop of Ossory by Pope Francis. He received his episcopal consecration on 11 March from Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin. He became a member of the standing committee of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference. He became the Conference's finance secretary in March 2019.
On 29 December 2020, he was appointed Archbishop of Dublin. He continued to be Apostolic Administrator of Ossory until his installation in Dublin. His installation as Archbishop of Dublin took place on 2 February 2021.
Soon after being appointed as new Archbishop of Dublin, Farrell told The Irish Times that he is in favour of opening the deaconate to women; he also claimed not to be against the ordination of women, but feared that such move could cause a schism in the Catholic Church, as it had in the Church of England and in the Episcopal Church of the United States. In the same interview, Farrell called for a more flexible approach towards celibacy, similar to the one adopted by the Eastern Orthodox Churches.
- McGarry, Patsy (29 December 2020). "Incoming Archbishop of Dublin Dermot Farrell faces daunting job". The Irish Times. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
- "Media information for the Episcopal Ordination of Dermot Farrell as Bishop of Ossory". Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference.
- Healy, Alison (28 April 2006). "Controversial theologian to speak at Maynooth". The Irish Times. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
- Mac Donald, Sarah (29 December 2020). "Bishop Dermot Farrell appointed Archbishop of Dublin as Diarmuid Martin begins retirement". Irish Independent. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
- "Rinunce e nomine, 29.12.2020" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 29 December 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
- "Monsignor Dermot Farrell named Bishop of Ossory". RTE. 3 January 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
- Looby, David. "Dermot Farrell ordained new Ossory Bishop". Irish Independent. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
- "Dr Dermot Farrell appointed new Archbishop of Dublin". RTE. 29 December 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
Bishop Farrell becomes Archbishop-elect of Dublin and continues in the capacity of the Administrator of the Diocese of Ossory.
- McGarry, Patsy. "Next archbishop of Dublin would like to see women deacons in Church". The Irish Times. Retrieved 12 February 2021.