“Serve the Lord with Gladness” – Bishop-elect Denis Nulty

Episcopal Ordination

The Episcopal ordination of Bishop-elect Denis Nulty will take place on Sunday 4 August 2013 in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow.

The ceremony will be broadcast here via the iCatholic channel.

Click here for a video as Fr Nulty thanks people for their good wishes and shares some photos that give an insight into his journey from the family farm in Slane up to his ordination.

A message from Fr Denis Nulty

As it is not possible to accommodate everyone in the Cathedral, I hope that you will join me in prayer and celebration. In the coming weeks and months, I plan to travel around my new diocese in order to greet local communities and to become more familiar with their hopes and needs. My Episcopal motto sums up my hope and mission as I begin my service as Bishop – Serve the Lord with gladness. I am deeply grateful for the welcome, good wishes and prayers I have received. Please continue to keep me in your prayers. I join with you in praying for the Church in Kildare and Leighlin as the Lord leads us into this new chapter.

A prayer for Fr Denis Nulty

O God, we pray for Fr Denis Nulty. Filled with your Spirit, may he minister with wisdom, understanding, knowledge and right judgement. May he display courage, reverence and a deep sense of wonder and awe in your presence. Hold him close to your heart that he may be a humble instrument of your love and compassion in the service of your people. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.


Denis Nulty was born in Slane, County Meath on 7 June 1963 to parents Den Nulty and Nan Balfe. He is the youngest of five children, with two brothers and two sisters. The family farm was the home where Denis and his siblings were reared. He attended Primary School at Saint Patrick’s National School, Slane and Secondary School at Saint Patrick’s Classical School, Navan, completing the Leaving Certificate exam in 1981.

Denis entered the seminary at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth in September 1981, completing a BA in 1984 and a BD in 1987. He was ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Meath in Saint Patrick’s Church, Slane on 12 June 1988 by Bishop Michael Smith in the presence of Bishop John McCormack.

In September 1988 Bishop Smith appointed Father Denis as Curate in the Cathedral Parish at Mullingar where he served for ten years until 1998. In August 1998 Bishop Smith appointed Father Denis as Parish Priest of Saint Mary’s, Drogheda where he has remained until the present day.

In 2006 Father Denis followed a course of study in All Hallows College, Dublin, leading to an MA in Management for the Pastoral and Voluntary Services being awarded by DCU.

In September 2006 Bishop Smith appointed Father Denis as Vicar Forane for the Duleek Deanery which comprises seven parishes. Father Denis has been Chairperson of the Council of Priests in the Diocese of Meath for the past eight years.