Archbishop Michael Neary
Archbishop Michael Neary was born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo. He attended the Christian Brothers National School and St. Gerald's College there before moving to St. Jarlath's College, Tuam. He studied for the priesthood in St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, and was ordained in 1971. After ordination he pursued post-graduate studies in Theology and Scripture in Maynooth and in the Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome. He was appointed Lecturer in Sacred Scripture in Maynooth in 1982 and for the next ten years he opened the treasures of the Word of God to the future priests and to many young men and women who went on to work in other professions and vocations. In 1991, Dr. Neary was appointed Professor of Sacred Scripture.
Pope John Paul II chose Dr. Neary for appointment as auxiliary bishop of Tuam and he was ordained in the Basilica in Knock on 13 September 1992. Upon the retirement of Archbishop Joseph Cassidy, Bishop Michael Neary was appointed Archbishop of Tuam and he was installed on 5 March 1995.