Bishops vow to bring "hope and
Catholic Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown says he hopes
to join the Church of Ireland in bringing "hope and
healing" to communities in the north west.
He was speaking after visiting the Church of Ireland
See House in Derry as guests of Bishop of Derry and
Raphoe Ken Good and his wife Mary.
Catholic Bishop of Derry Donal
McKeown, left, and the Church of Ireland Bishop of
Derry and Raphoe Ken Good.
The two bishops said
they looked forward to "working for the common
Bishop Good said: “I have known Bishop Donal for
many years. Knowing his work to build relationships
across divides I believe we will work together
fruitfully for the common good. We will work to
build bridges that will benefit every part of our
Bishop McKeown added: “I believe that it is
springtime and not winter for the church because I
see possibilities for life and growth. I believe the
church is trying to define a new role for itself in
our society here.
"That is a process that I welcome rather than fear.
"Bishop Good and I share a commitment to seeing the
church serve our community in ways that bring hope
and healing for every part of it. For that reason I
look forward to a future where we can work together
for the common good."