Noel Treanor

Noel Treanor
The Most Reverend
Dr Noel Treanor
Bishop of Down and Connor
Church Catholic
See Diocese of Down and Connor
In Office 29 June 2008 -
Predecessor Bishop Patrick Walsh
Successor Incumbent
Ordination 13 June 1976
Consecration 29 June 2008
Personal details
Born 25 December 1950 (1950-12-25) (age 60)
Silverstream, Co Monaghan, Ireland
Previous post General Secretary of COMECE

Noel Treanor (born 25 December 1950) is the 32nd and current Bishop of the Irish diocese of Down and Connor. On 22 February 2008, Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Noel Treanor as Bishop. He was ordained to the Episcopate and installed as Bishop of Down and Connor on 29 June 2008.


Early life and education

Noel Treanor was born on 25 December 1950 at Silverstream, Co Monaghan, in the Parish of Tyholland in the Diocese of Clogher. He attended St Brigid’s National School, Leitrim, and completed his early education at St Mary’s C.B.S., Monaghan. He began, in 1968, his study of Arts and Philosophy at St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, and later, in 1971, the study of Theology, achieving his Licentiate in Sacred Theology, with special commendation, in 1977.

Priest and work in Europe

Ordained priest on 13 June 1976 in the Cathedral of St Macartan, in the Diocese of Clogher, Treanor was sent by his Bishop, Patrick Mulligan, to the Pontifical Irish College in Rome to pursue his studies of theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Recalled in 1980 by the new Bishop of the Diocese, Joseph Duffy, he was appointed assistant in the Cathedral parish, with charge of the local Catholic Marriage Advisory Council.

From 1981 to 1985, he again pursued the study of theology in Rome, while at the same time serving as Prefect of Studies at the Irish College.

Having returned to his Diocese in 1985, he was appointed Director of Adult Education. He also organised the Diocesan Assembly of the clergy that was held in 1986 to promote pastoral renewal within the Diocese.

Fr Treanor's next appointment was a curacy in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, where he also provided service at the general hospital and was active as a confessor at Lough Derg pilgrimage centre.

In 1989, he was sent to Brussels to work with COMECE. While deeply involved in the expanding endeavour of this Church body to project Christian values into the European process, he continued to engage in pastoral work through contact with the English-speaking community in the city-centre. He has also published and lectured widely on European construction issues, the Church and Europe, and Church-State matters.

On 31 March 1993, Fr Treanor was unanimously appointed Secretary General of COMECE for a three-year term and was reappointed for several successive terms since then. On 18 May 1994 he was nominated Chaplain to His Holiness.

He is fluent in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Irish.[citation needed]


Styles of
Noel Treanor
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style My Lord
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style not applicable

On the 22 February 2008, Pope Benedict XVI announced the appointment of Monsignor Treanor as Bishop of Down and Connor,[1] in succession to Bishop Patrick Walsh, who has been Bishop of the Diocese since 1991.

Seán Cardinal Brady spoke to press of his delight at Bishop-elect Treanor's appointment:

Treanor welcomed his new appointment as the 32nd Bishop of Down and Connor since the dioceses joined in 1453:

Bishop Treanor was ordained bishop of Down and Connor on 29 June 2008, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul in St. Peter's Cathedral, Belfast, by Cardinal Brady (Principal Consecrator), with Patrick Walsh and Joseph Duffy (Principal Co-Consecrators). The newly ordained Bishop also took possession of the Diocese of Down and Connor at the same ceremony.

The ordination of Monsignor Treanor as Bishop of Down and Connor was the first ordination of a newly appointed Bishop as Bishop of Down and Connor since the consecration of Daniel Mageean in 1929. Mageean's successor, William Philbin, was already Bishop of Clonfert. Philbin's successor, Cahal Daly, was already Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise and Daly's successor, Patrick Walsh, was already Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor.

In November 2009, Treanor described the findings of the Murphy Report as horrific and said that he was confident that his diocese had rid itself of all abusing priests.[2]

On the 11th of May 2010, Bishop Noel Treanor attended the launch of the Pope John Paul II award in St Genevieves' High School in West Belfast.

In August 2010 Bishop Treanor expressed his support for an international, independent inquiry into the 11 killings carried out by the parachute regiment in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast in 1971. Bishop Treanor was speaking at a press conference where previously undisclosed documents from church archives relating to the events were being made available for the first time. Bishop Treanor said: “As with Bloody Sunday, the reputations of those who were killed were actively besmirched and the evidence of the available eyewitnesses was either ignored or actively discredited. Indeed the events in Ballymurphy on August 9th-11th, 1971, would and perhaps should have been considered the necessary starting point for such an inquiry,” he added.[3]


Lisbon Treaty

Bishop Treanor has said that Roman Catholics could vote in good conscience for the Lisbon Treaty. This provoked displeasure from pro-life groups who have argued that the European Court of Justice could eventually force the Irish State to overturn its pro-life laws if the treaty were passed.[4][5]

Preceded by
Secretary-General of COMECE
31 March 1993 – 29 June 2008
Succeeded by
Piotr Mazurkiewicz
Preceded by
Bishop Patrick Walsh
Bishop of Down and Connor
29 June 2008 –
Succeeded by


  1. ^ "New Nuncio and Bishop for Ireland". Zenit News Agency. 22 February 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Police investigate two Northern Ireland Catholic priests over child abuse
  3. ^ Bishop backs inquiry into killings by paras
  4. ^ Lisbon 'fine by us' says bishop
  5. ^ Irish Catholic Bishop OK's Yes Vote for Lisbon

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