The Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Dublin Fr Fintan Gavin has been appointed as the new Bishop of Cork & Ross.
The announcement was made at the North Cathedral in Cork this morning by the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo.
The bishop-elect, who was born in Dublin, replaces 79-year-old Bishop John Buckley.
It comes more than four years since Bishop Buckley confirmed his intention to submit his resignation to Pope Francis.
Under Canon Law, all Roman Catholic bishops are obliged to submit a letter of resignation when they turn 75.
Bishop-elect Gavin, 53, will become the fourth bishop to be appointed by the Holy See of the 1958-formed Diocese of Cork & Ross.
Bishop-elect Fr Fintan Gavin to succeed Dr. John Buckley as the Bishop of #Cork & #Ross. The 53 year old Dubliner is currently Chancellor of the Diocese of #Dublin & Chaplain Ballymun Road Parish. @rtenews pic.twitter.com/6T181VcLgt— JennïeØSullivân (@OSullivanJennie) April 8, 2019
He will oversee a diocese with 68 parishes and an estimated 220,000 Catholics.
Up to his appointment today, Bishop-elect Gavin was Chancellor in the Archdiocese of Dublin and Parish Chaplain in Ballymum Road Parish and the grouping parishes of Iona Road, Drumcondra, Glasnevin, Ballymun Road and Ballygall, Dublin, as well as Chaplain to the Italian speaking community in the Archdiocese, and chaplain to the annual Dublin Diocesan Children's Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
He is fluent in Italian and Spanish, enjoys keeping fit, walking, cooking - especially vegetarian - and gardening.
The Church of Ireland Bishop of Cork Dr Paul Colton said he was looking forward to working with the new bishop in the years ahead and supporting him in his "induction to all things Cork".
Bishop Colton said they both share a background in Canon Law, and have met many times over the years at the Colloquium of Anglican and Roman Catholic Canon Lawyers.
On behalf of the Church of Ireland people of Cork, he wished Bishop Buckley "every joy, contentment and blessing on his retirement".
Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has paid tribute to Bishop Buckley, who he said gave "a lifetime of service to the people of Cork and Ross.
"He was an extremely compassionate man and advocate for people who had become disenfranchised, working closely with those on the margins."