|Bishop Elect Michael Lenihan, OFM|
Bishop Elect Michael is from Limerick, Ireland. He entered the Irish Franciscans and studied theology in Rome, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1980. In 1984 He came to El Salvador as a missionary, eventually affiliating with the Central American Province of the OFMs. He subsequently served in Honduras and Guatemala, and bore the responsibilities of Vicar General of the Diocese of Comayagua and Provincial Councillor.
The new Diocese of Ceiba consists of two departments (or "states") that previously belonged to the Diocese of San Pedro Sula: Atlantida and the Bay Islands. It has a population of nearly 550,000, almost 400,000 of whom are Catholics. It has 11 parishes, served by 6 diocesan and 15 religious priests, supported by an additional 38 religious.
Please pray for Fr. Michael as he takes this double step of becoming a bishop and organizing a new diocese.