Michael Smith (bishop)

Michael Smith (Bishop)

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Michael Smith (; born 6 June 1940) is the Roman Catholic Bishop of Meath, Ireland.


He was born in Oldcastle, County Meath, the son of Julia Tuite and ? Smith. Having studied for the priesthood at the Irish College in Rome, he was ordained a priest for the diocese on 9 March 1963. Continuing his studies in Rome he earned a Doctorate in Canon Law. He attended all 168 days of the Second Vatican Council for which he and 11 other young priests prepared the official record, having been appointed as a recording secretary to the Council immediately after his ordination as a priest. Returning from Rome he served in the Cathedral Parish of Mullingar, as chaplain to St Loman's Hospital and as secretary to the bishop.

He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the diocese and Titular Bishop of Leges on 17 November 1983. He was ordained a bishop on 29 January 1984. The Principal Consecrator was Tomás Cardinal Ó Fiaich; his Principal Co-Consecrators were Archbishop Gaetano Alibrandi, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, and Cahal Daly, then Bishop of the Diocese of Down and Connor.

On 13 October 1988, he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop with the Right of Succession. On 16 May 1990 he succeeded Dr. John McCormack on the latter's retirement.


In his years as Bishop of Meath he has served as Secretary to the Irish Bishops' Conference and has been actively involved in Church matters. Regarded as a traditional bishop he is well respected both by the...
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