His Most Reverned, Dr.
|Bishop of Meath, Emeritus|
|Ordination||9 March 1963|
by Cardinal Traglia, Cardinal-Bishop of Albano
|Consecration||29 January 1984|
by Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich
|Parents||Mr. John Smith and Mrs. Julia Smith|
|Coat of arms|
Michael Smith KC*HS (born 6 June 1940) is the retired 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.
Early life and education
He was born in Oldcastle, County Meath, the son of Julia Tuite and Mr. Smith and studied for the priesthood at the Irish College in Rome. He was ordained a priest for his native diocese on 9 March 1963 an continued his studies in Rome where 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.
After his return 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.
For much of his time 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.
Smith retired as Bishop of Meath on 18 June 2018
- Cheney, David M. "Bishop Michael Smith [Catholic-Hierarchy]". www.catholic-hierarchy.org.
- Smith, Michael (2006). "An Eyewitness Account". In Dermot Lane; Brendan Leahy (eds.). Vatican II: Facing the 21st Century. Dublin: Veritas. ISBN 9781847300126. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
In all, forty-two students drawn from the seminaries in Rome were invited to take part, the majority of them Italian.[permanent dead link]
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