Bishop Anthony McFeely

McFeelyBishop Anthony McFeely

Bishop of Raphoe: 1965-1982



Bishop MacFeely was born in 1909  in Daisyhill, Ballybofey in the Diocese of Derry.


He was educated at St. Columb’s College, Derry, and St. Patrick’s College Maynooth 1926-29 and at the Irish College, Rome 1929-33. He did postgraduate work in Fribourg, Switzerland in 1933-34.


He was appointed to teach in St. Columb’s College and became President in 1951.


He was Parish Priest of  Strabane and VG of the Diocese of  Derry, when in 1965 he was appointed bishop of Raphoe. He was ordained bishop by Cardinal William Conway in Letterkenny on the 27th June 1965.


A genial and hard worker, he put the liturgical and other reforms of Vatican II into effect.


He put diocesan finances on a sound basis, replacing funeral offerings with the envelope system, and he took in hand the creation of a diocesan archive.Bishop_McFeely_crest


He was an active member of the Irish Bishop’s Commission on Emigrants, whose foundations had been laid by Archbishop MacQuaid of Dublin, Bishop MacFeely and others.


He saw to the building of a number of fine churches, the Derry firm of McCormick, Tracey & Mullarkey being chief architects. Their finest achievement in the diocese was Creeslough Church.


Bishop McFeely resinged due to ill-health  in 1982 and died on 7th October 1986. He is interred beside the Cathedral.


Information from 'The Raphoe Diocese, a brief History' by Fr John J. Silke, 2000