The Diocese of Derry has announced the death of Bishop Francis Lagan at the age of 85.
In a statement, the diocese offered its condolences to the extended family and close friends of the former Auxiliary Bishop of Derry, who died today, Tuesday 9th June.
Bishop Lagan held the position of Auxiliary Bishop in the diocese for 22 years, from 1988 to 2010, and served the Church for more than 60 years in a variety of roles.
The Bishop of Derry, Donal McKeown, remembered Bishop Lagan as a “gentle pastor”.
Born in Maghera, County Derry, in 1934, Bishop Lagan was ordained a priest in 1960 in Maynooth College.
His ministry in the diocese began with teaching appointments at St Columb’s College in Derry and at Carndonagh College and Carndonagh Community School in County Donegal.
He served as a curate in Strabane from 1977 to 1982 and as Administrator at St Mary’s Parish, Creggan in Derry City from 1982 to 1988.
He was consecrated as bishop in March 1988 and stepped down from his position as Auxiliary Bishop of Derry in May 2010 after he submitted his resignation on reaching the age of 75 on 31st October 1934.
Picture: Bishop Francis Lagan. (Irish Bishops’ Conference).