|Bishop of Cloyne|
|Appointed||25 November 2012|
|Installed||27 January 2013|
|Ordination||20 June 1976|
by Eamonn Casey
|Consecration||27 January 2013|
by Charles John Brown
|Born||16 December 1951|
Tralee, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland
|Parents||Patrick Crean and Margaret O'Donnell|
|Alma mater||St Patrick’s College, Maynooth|
Pontifical Gregorian University
|Motto||Cor Novum Vitale |
(Heart with new vitality)
|Coat of arms|
Early life and education
William Crean was born in Tralee, the son of Patrick and Margaret Crean (née O'Donnell).
He was educated at St. Brendan's College, Killarney, before proceeding to St Patrick's College, Maynooth for studies for the priesthood. He undertook his theological studies in Rome residing at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome, while completing his studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He went on to obtain his Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1977.
Crean was ordained as a priest in 1976 for service in the Diocese of Kerry. He was intimately involved in education as chaplain in Killorglin (1977-1980), chaplain in Tarbert Comprehensive School (1983-1986), and Diocesan Advisor to Post-Primary Schools/Director of Adult Religious Education (1987-1996).
He moved into full-time parish ministry and served a six-year term as parish priest of Cahersiveen, until it was announced in 2012 that he was to be the Bishop of Cloyne.
On 24 November 2012, it was announced that Crean would be the next Bishop of Cloyne. He was consecrated a bishop on 27 January 2013: the principal consecrator was Archbishop Charles Brown Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland.
- "Vatican Press Office, 24 November 2012". Press.catholica.va. Archived from the original on 2012-12-24. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
|Catholic Church titles|
| Bishop of Cloyne
27 January 2013 – Present